From the Stratford Festival Laboratory
Classical Theatre in a Contemporary World
Saturday, September 29, 10 a.m.
Studio Theatre, 34 George Street East,
Addressing the history and prevalence of
the Western gaze arguably found in productions of the works of William
Shakespeare in Canada, this one-day conference offers the opportunity to create
new contexts for and understandings of these texts by examining them through a
The Stratford Festival is the largest
theatre organization in one of the most multicultural nations in the world.
We’re dedicated to presenting the works of William Shakespeare, in a country
Shakespeare himself couldn’t have dreamed of existing, and certainly couldn’t
have pointed to on a map.
In the 400-plus years since Shakespeare
wrote these plays, the world has changed a great deal. And yet in Canada, the
West and beyond, we still find ourselves turning to them to reflect our
experiences of politics, power, love, violence, family, grief and much more.
At a time when Canada is reckoning with its
colonial history, trying to make progress on gender equity, and integrating a population that becomes
more diverse every year, what do these plays represent to us? For whom do they
speak, and for whom could they speak?
How can we stage and study them to expand their relevance to a broader, more
diverse population, and address barriers to new audiences connecting with this
Contemporary pairs artists with academics and invites
audiences to join in, to come together to explore practices and frameworks for
creating a new relationship to these plays, exploring Indigenous perspectives,
cultural interpretation and the gender spectrum.
Indigenous Perspective: Métis artist Jani Lauzon and
Navajo artist Rhiana Yazzie
Cultural Interpretation: Director Weyni Mengesha and Alexa
Alice Joubin (George Washington University)
Addressing the Gender Binary: Mel Hague (Buddies in
Bad Times Theatre) and Rory McKeown (University of Toronto)
The $150 (plus HST) price of the conference
- Coffee and pastries at
- A morning workshop – your
choice of Indigenous Perspective, Cultural Interpretation or Addressing the Gender Binary.
- A buffet lunch with facilitated
- A ticket to a matinée
performance of The Comedy of Errors,
directed by Keira Loughran.
- Dinner with a keynote address
by Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino.
- If you choose to arrive the
night before: a promo code for 50% off tickets to The Tempest on September 28 at 8 p.m., and an invitation to a party
with members of the Playwrights Retreat, the Birmingham Conservatory for
Classical Theatre and the Michael Langham Workshop for Classical Direction.
Select your morning workshop below and
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