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The Teaching Stratford Programs 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 made up of three parts:

  • On site Teacher Professional Development August 23 to 25 including tickets to performances
  • In-person pre- and post-show classroom workshops for all participating classes (late September to early November)
  • Student Matinée at the Stratford Festival including a free Prologue or Q&A for your students on the day of your visit (September and October)

Key Dates:

June 15: Registration deadline for $200 Guaranteed Bus Funding
June 30: Registration closes
August 23 to 25: Teacher Professional Development on site in Stratford.
September 23: Student Matinée Booking Deadline

Teacher Professional Development Itinerary:

August 23 – Culturally Specific Teaching Focus
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Workshops
2 p.m.   Performance of 1939
8 p.m.   Performance of Death and the King’s Horseman

August 24 –Shakespeare Focus
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Workshops
2 p.m.   Performance of Richard III or Chicago
8 p.m.   Performance of Hamlet

August 25 – Movement and Storytelling
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Workshops
2 p.m.   Performance of Little Women

To Register:

Book you spot in the program with a deposit of $125.  The program payment is used to hold your spot and will be applied to your ticket order balance once you have booked the school matinée for your students.


Important Details:

  • To participate for just the cost of a student matinée, you must:
    • take part in all three parts of the program: professional development, student matinée and pre- and post-show workshops
    • book a student visit to the Stratford Festival between September-October 2022

  • If you register by June 15, 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.

  • Prologues are offered before selected 2 p.m. performances of Hamlet, Richard III, 1939, Death and the King’s Horseman and Little Women. 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 if you intend to take full advantage of this offer.

  • If you are a teacher in the United States, 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.”