Teaching resoruces


Education Program Partner


Teachers, especially those in the arts and humanities, work on the front lines in supporting their students as they grapple with issues of isolation, injustice and inequity. This has continued and, in many ways, intensified during the global pandemic. We are keenly aware of how creative, thoughtful and caring teachers have been throughout this unprecedented time in history.

Normally, we would be getting ready to welcome you to Stratford to provide professional development, connection and inspiration as you prepare to return to the classroom. This year, we need to try something different.

We hope, despite our distance, this programming will provide support and connection during this uncertain time.

Listen and Learn – Roundtable Discussions
These 50-minute sessions will focus on the most pertinent issues of our time. Each discussion will be moderated and will include an opportunity for you to ask your questions.

Inclusion and Classical Theatre                                    
October 13, 7:00 p.m. 
We will explore how teaching and learning the classics such as Shakespeare affords students the opportunity to delve more deeply into issues of inequity and exclusion. 
Featuring Qasim Khan, Allan Louis, Amaka Umeh and Gordon Patrick White                       

Shakespeare and Mental Health                                      
October 20, 7:00 p.m. 
With a focus on Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet, we will look at how Shakespeare’s characters, their stories and experiences provide a rich opportunity to examine mental health and wellness in community with young people.
Featuring Dr. Pier Bryden, Sara Farb, Jonathan Goad and Antoine Yared

Social Connection and the Arts in a Pandemic
October 27, 7:00 p.m. 
Unable to gather together, we share some of the ways in which alternative theatre-making and theatre-going practices help to create community during this global pandemic.
Featuring Sébastien Heins, Julie Miles and Rebecca Northan

Just for You – Active Sessions
These 75-minute virtual workshops will provide you with an active training experience to support your own practice, well-being and professional development. Each session will include a couple of exercises which you can use in your own teaching, both in person and online.

Voice and Text
October 15, 4:00 p.m. 
Approach the performance of Shakespearean text through a series of embodied practical exercises focused on voice, text and breath.
Taught by Martha Farrell and Tim Welham

Dance and Movement
October 22, 4:00 p.m.
Expand your physical repertoire and learn key tenets of musical theatre dance and choreography, culminating in a performance.
Taught by Carla Bennett

Shakespeare's Sonnets
October 29, 4:00 p.m.
Dive deep into a couple of Shakespeare’s most renowned sonnets and explore practical artistic strategies for deeper understanding and meaning-making.
Taught by Devon Glover

  • Each session is $10 plus HST
  • Purchase three or more and save 10%*
  • Purchase all six and save 20%*
  • Sessions go off-sale 30 minutes before the start of the event.

Questions? Email educate@stratfordfestival.ca

*Events must be purchased at the same time for discount to apply.


Watch King Lear, Hamlet, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet and The Tempest in your classroom using our Stratford on Film production presented alongside Shakespeare’s text. PerformancePlus includes an online study toolkit with discussion questions, lesson plans and interviews with cast and creative team members.


Step 1: Click on the play you want to see! You’ll see the script on the left and scene synopsis, character descriptions and supplementary videos on the right.

Step 2: Click START VIDEO; the yellow cursor highlights the lines as they are spoken by the actor/character. Unfamiliar terms in the script are highlighted in blue; click on it to see the glossary. Director’s cuts or deleted lines are shaded in grey. Click “show” to view what the director chose to cut from the scene.

Step 3: Click the red bars at top to:
- select a scene
- pull up discussion points 
- access digital and video lesson plans 
- hear the cast and creative team discuss themes 

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.