We greatly cherish the long-standing support of our U.S patrons through their memberships, gifts, volunteer work and ticket purchases every season. Discover more about our various U.S member led initiatives and exclusive events throughout the season.

Chicago Associates

Founded over 30 years ago by theatrical producer and arts patron, Hope Abelson, The Chicago Associates of the Stratford Festival (CASF) sends young, professional actors to attend our Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre, eventually returning to enrich Chicago’s local theatre industry. The Associates also actively promote each season's playbill and manage events in Chicago and the US Members' Weekend in Stratford, ON in August. 

Interested in learning more about The Chicago Associates of the Stratford Festival?  Please contact Christine Seip, Major Gifts and U.S. Patrons Manager at or 1.800.561.1233 ext. 5630.

Some of the Chicago Fellows supported over the years by our Chicago Associates includes: 

  • Karack Osborn in 2014/2015
  • E.B. Smith in 2012/2011
  • Mealie Keller in 2008
  • Christopher Prentice in 2009

Michigan Members 

All our patrons living in the state of Michigan automatically belong to the Michigan Members group. The Michigan Members group actively help promote each season and also contribute to numerous educational initiatives. The group also hosts the annual Michigan Members' Weekend in Stratford in June of each year. 

The Michigan Residency

The Residency is an annual education outreach program bringing our artists to Michigan schools and universities with the goal of promoting Shakespeare and encouraging and nurturing an understanding and interest in classical theatre.The Residency is supported through the Michigan Education Outreach Fund. Established in 2007, the fund helps ensure the future of our educational outreach programs in Michigan.

For more information, contact Christine Seip, Major Gifts and U.S. Patrons Manager at 1.800.561.1233 extension 5630 

All Chicago Fellows

  • Karack Osborn 2014/2015
  • Dorcas Sowumni 2013
  • E.B. Smith 2012/2011
  • Christopher Prentice 2010/2009
  • Melanie Keller 2008
  • Erin Neal 2007
  • Brian Hamman 2006
  • Glen David II 2005
  • Brendan Averett 2004
  • Kevin McKillip 2003
  • Dana Green 2003
  • Bart Philip Williams 2002
  • Ian Novak 2001
  • Michele Graff 2000
  • Timothy Askew 1999
  • Bradford Farwell 1998
  • Matthew Armstrong 1997
  • Raymond Fox 1996
  • Dominic Fumusa 1996
  • Jason Eric Hays 1995
  • Tim Barker 1994
  • Steve Cell 1994
  • Matt Penn 1993
  • Daria Martel 1992
  • Dathan B. Williams 1991
  • Michael Halberstam 1990
  • Julia Smith 1989
  • David New 1989
  • Jeffrey Hutchinson 1988
  • Johnny Lee Davenport 1988
  • Kevin Gudhal 1987
  • Michal Hanrahan 1986
  • Richard Gilbert Hill 1985
  • Larry Russo 1984
  • Kevin Anderson 1984
  • James McCance 1983
  • Maria Ricossa 1983