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The Teaching Stratford Program pairs elementary and secondary level teachers with professional artists to explore how active and innovative approaches can make the work on our stages accessible and highly engaging to students. 

This program is open to all teachers and is made up of three parts:

  • August 22 & 23 (at the Stratford Festival): Teacher Professional Development including tickets to four performances
  • September-November (in the classroom): Pre- and post-show workshops
  • September & October: Student matinées at the Stratford Festival including a free Prologue or post-show chat

Key Dates:

May 15: Registration deadline for $200 Guaranteed Bus Funding
June 15: Registration closes
August 22 & 23: Teacher Professional Development onsite at the Stratford Festival
September 22: Student Matinée Booking Deadline

Teacher Professional Development Itinerary:

August 22
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Workshops
2 p.m.   Performance of Rent
8 p.m.   Performance of Much Ado About Nothing OR Frankenstein Revived 

August 23
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Workshops
2 p.m.   Performance of A Wrinkle in Time (please note this is a Relaxed Performance)
8 p.m.   Performance of King Lear OR Love's Labour's Lost

To Register:

Book you spot in the program with a deposit of $175 +tax no later than June 15th. The program payment is used to hold your spot and will be applied to your ticket order down payment or balance once you have booked the school matinée for your students.


Important Details:

  • To take part for just the cost of a student matinée, you must participate in all three parts of the program and book your student tickets to the Stratford Festival no later than September 22nd (with the fieldtrip taking place in September or October, 2023).

  • If you register by May 15th, you receive a minimum of $200 in bus funding to support your student visit. Bus funding applications must be submitted prior to your school group attending. Click here for the bus funding application. 

  • Prologues are offered before selected 2 p.m. performances of King Lear, Much Ado About Nothing, A Wrinkle in Time, and Frankenstein Revived. Please check online, in our Schools Guide or with a Groups & Schools representative to confirm a Prologue is scheduled on the desired date of your visit. No Prologues are available for Love's Labour's Lost or Rent, so please book a free post-show chat the date of your visit with an Education Associate.

  • If you are a teacher in the United States, you are eligible to take part, but please contact us prior to registration for details on how to participate.

Teaching Stratford Program Information Sheet

"This workshop is the best that I have ever attended in over 20 years of teaching and professional development. I was completely inspired to bring the world of Shakespeare to my Grade 5 students, and they, in turn, responded with the utmost enthusiasm.”