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Experiential Teaching and Learning Through Theatre

The Teaching Stratford Program is offered in three parts: virtual access to productions, teacher professional development and student workshops. This program takes place exclusively online.

The program aims to: provide students and teachers access to dynamic, professional productions and intimate engagement with the artists who create them; support teachers with resources and strategies to confidently and creatively teach theatre and dramatic literature; and deepen student engagement through inclusive, participatory learning experiences.


Teachers choose from one of four two-show packages. These two shows will anchor their professional development and student workshop experiences.


  • One two-show package for up to 40 participating students: $200 plus applicable taxes
  • Teachers who wish to focus on only one play can access the production and associated programming for up to 40 participating students for: $175 plus applicable taxes

Full and partial financial assistance is also available to ensure all who wish to participate are able to take part. E-mail to access the program this way.


You can register free of charge by selecting one of the packages below. You will then receive a follow up e-mail to confirm the details of your booking along with an invoice.

Each package includes a 30-minute recorded roundtable featuring artists from the production, available on demand for both teachers and students.

The dates noted below are for the teacher professional development workshops. Each workshop is live and offered only to registered teachers. Click here or e-mail for more details about the roundtables and professional development workshops.

    • September 30 – BOOK NOW
    • 6 - 6:45 p.m. A Midsummer Night's Dream: Shakespeare and Transformation
    • 7 - 7:45 p.m. R+J: Shakespeare and Adaptation
    • October 5 – BOOK NOW
    • 6 - 6:45 p.m. Why We Tell the Story: Exploring the Black Musical Theatre Canon
    • 7 - 7:45 p.m. You Can't Stop the Beat: Musical Theatre and the Human Experience
    • October 12 – BOOK NOW
    • 6 - 6:45 p.m. I Am William: Allyship and Reimagining History
    • 7 - 7:45 p.m. Play On: Shakespeare and Popular Culture
    • October 19 – BOOK NOW
    • 6 - 6:45 p.m. Serving Elizabeth: Re-imagination and Reclamation
    • 7 - 7:45 p.m. The Rez Sisters: Grief, Change and Resilience

Lastly, students then participate in one pre-show and one post-show virtual workshop per production. These are facilitated by Stratford Festival Teaching Artists.

Each workshop is 45 minutes in length and will be scheduled at mutually agreed upon times.


  • Access to Virtual Productions
    • September 27- November 5
    • Teachers can preview the productions before sharing them with their students
  • Teacher Professional Development
    • Recorded Roundtables: October 7- November 22
    • Workshops: September 30, October 5, 12 and 19 (6-6:45 and 7-7:45 p.m.)
  • Student Engagement
    • Pre-Show Workshops: October 14 - November 2
    • Post-show Workshops: November 8 - November 26



    Watch King Lear, Hamlet, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet and The Tempest FREE-OF-CHARGE using our Stratford on Film production presented alongside Shakespeare’s text.

    (NOTE: The Tempest and Othello PerformancePlus does not include the complete production. You can access The Tempest here and Othello here.)

    Each PerformancePlus resource includes video interviews with cast and creative team members, discussion questions and lesson plans.

    How To Use PerformancePlus
    Below, we’ve shared step-by-step directions and highlighted some of the key features for both virtual and in-person learning.

    1) Click on the play you want to see. 

    2) You’ll see the script on the left and the film on the right. Click “Start Video” to play the first scene. 
    - As the film plays, the lines are highlighted in yellow as they are spoken.
    - Unfamiliar terms appear in blue; the definitions appear when you hover over them.
    - Directors’ cuts are shaded in gray – you can click “show” to see what they chose to exclude.

    3) Using the red bars at the top, you can:
    - select a scene (if you click this, you can use the navigation bar that appears on the left to select scenes by act and to go directly to some of the bonus features);
    - go to discussion questions or lesson plans for each act;
    - watch interviews about the play’s themes with cast and creative team members from the production.

    Tailor PerformancePlus to Suit Your Current Learning Mode
    • Watching the film scene-by-scene works well for both synchronous and asynchronous learning, at home or at school.
    • The discussion questions, organized into five acts, provide a great platform for learning when engaging with the play synchronously, but they can also be used as prompts for students to respond to independently.
    • The artistic insights videos provide students with the opportunity to think more deeply and analytically about some of the themes from the play; invite students to explore a few of these on their own.
    • The lesson plans are a great fit for in-person learning.

    Support for PerformancePlus is generously provided by The John and Myrna Daniels Charitable Foundation.


    Looking for Study Guides from our past seasons?   Send us an email.

    If you require an accessible version of one or more of the PDF documents listed here (ie. Braille, large print, screen-reader compatible, etc), please send us an email request specifying which document(s) you need, and in which format. For any other requests please contact the Education Department via email.