Full-day professional development on featuring artist-led workshops, discussion and lunch, plus a ticket to preview a performance. Itineraries and workshop descriptions are below. Select one of three options using the registration buttons at the bottom of the page. You will then be given the chance to choose your workshops.
If you select Option 3 (which makes it a full day), you will receive a promo code to attend a performance of Billy Elliot the Musical on another date.
If you are a teacher from Michigan, scroll all the way down and select the Michigan Teachers option. You will then be directed to a registration page where you can choose your workshops in a package that includes the May 5 Michigan morning.
Option 1 – The Arts and Student Well-Being
Work with educators, advocates and artists on the diversity of perspectives explored in The Neverending Story and Billy Elliot the Musical, including children’s mental health, the power of imagination and the value of dance, drama and literacy.
8:30 a.m. Registration
9:15 a.m. Choice of Workshops:
- The Hero’s Journey as explored in The Neverending Story
- Song and Dance from Billy Elliot the Musical
10:45 a.m. Break
11:00 a.m. Choice of Workshops:
- Literacy and Well-Being
- Gender and Self-Expression
12:30 p.m. Lunch
2:00 p.m. Performance of Billy Elliot the Musical
5:00 p.m. Post-show chat/Discussion
Option 2 – Exploring Power and Oppression in Shakespeare
Develop contemporary, critical drama- or English-based strategies to teach Othello and The Merry Wives of Windsor through active workshops and discussion with artists and subject specialists.
12:00 p.m. Registration
12:30 p.m. Lunch
2:00 p.m. Choice of Workshops:
- Sexuality, Femininity and Power
- Othello and Intersectional Oppression
3:30 p.m. Break
3:45 p.m. Choice of Workshops:
- Exploring the Anti-Hero
- Othello and the Power of Language
5:15 p.m. Pre-show Discussion
6:00 p.m. Dinner on your own
8:00 p.m. Performance of Othello
Option 3 – Make it a full day and participate in both programs
Teachers participating in both programs will receive a promo code to attend a performance of Billy Elliot the Musical on another date.
Michigan Teachers Option
In addition to this program, Michigan teachers are invited to an exclusive session the morning of May 5.
May 5: Michigan Morning
10 a.m. Warehouse Tour
11 a.m. Artist Roundtable at the Archives: Diverse Perspectives on Shakespeare in 2019
Choose the Michigan Teachers Buy Now button at the bottom of the page to register for both May 4 and 5.
Workshop Descriptions for Option 1
The Hero’s Journey as explored in The Neverending Story
Explore the mythic structure of the Hero’s Journey and the ways in which Bastian acts as a relatable and important hero to young people, and particularly young boys today. Led by Festival company member Laura Condlln.
Song and Dance from Billy Elliot the Musical
Learn step-by-step choreography and music and lyrics for one of the songs in the show. Led by Festival company member Jason Sermonia and Steve Cota, Associate Choreographer on Billy Elliot the Musical and Assistant Director on Little Shop of Horrors.
Literacy and Well-Being
Focus on the ways teachers can foster student engagement and wellness through literacy and love of reading. Led by Khadijah Salawu, theatre-maker, arts educator and creative producer.
Gender and Self-Expression
Examine what it means to be oneself in a community, with a particular focus on what can be learned about gender and self-identity from the experiences of Bastian and Billy. Led by Rob Kempson, theatre artist and educator.
Workshop Descriptions for Option 2
Sexuality, Femininity and Power
Study the journeys and experiences of the women in Othello and The Merry Wives of Windsor, with a focus on the impact of the construction and expression of gender and sexuality. Led by Kim Solga, Professor of Theatre Studies at Western University.
Othello and Intersectional Oppression
Discover how the experiences of the characters of Othello, Desdemona and Emilia are shaped by the intersecting forces of misogyny, masculinity, racism and capitalism. Led by Breanne Ritchie, Stratford Festival Education Associate.
Exploring the Anti-Hero
Investigate Shakespeare’s anti-heroes such as Othello’s Iago: the social circumstances that shape them, how they forge relationships with the audience, and the ways in which the text they speak gives us particular clues about their natures and desires. Led by past Festival company member Gareth Potter.
Othello and the Power of Language
Learn active exercises to engage students in Shakespeare’s text with a focus on Othello and a deeper analysis of the influence of his work. Led by Devon Glover, performer and educator.
Facilitator and Panelist bios