For more than fifteen years, the Stratford Festival has led an annual residency in Michigan. Its mandate is to explore innovative pedagogical drama strategies and to provide an opportunity for teachers to meet and share experiences with their peers across the state. Participating teachers and students work with Festival staff and teaching artists to tie Common Core Standards to the study of Shakespeare.
The residency begins with teacher professional development in Stratford in May. In the fall, teaching artists visit Michigan to provide pre-show workshops, then students and teachers see a selected Shakespeare production and participate in further enrichment programming with the Festival, deepening the work initiated by their teachers in the spring.
"The workshop increased my conviction that Shakespeare is a vital language experience, especially when brought to life physically by the students in the classroom. Using the real elements of theatre - voice, movement, embodied imagination - students are far more likely to connect with the spirit and value of Shakespeare. Silent reading just doesn't work."
- Michigan Residency participant.
To participate, please send us an email or call Breanne Ritchie in the Education Department at 519-271-4040 x2450
The Michigan Residency is supported in part through the Michigan Education Outreach Fund, held within the Stratford Shakespearean Festival Endowment Foundation.
For information on how you can support the Residency, please call our Advancement department at 1.800.561.1233, extension 5617.