Teacher Days



September 27 - Encountering The Tempest: Historical, Literary and Technical Approaches

Explore one of Shakespeare’s most magical works! Choose from a variety of workshops led by Festival staff and artists to learn how to engage your students with this iconic text. Register for one or two sessions or join us for the whole day! Teachers booking the full workshop day receive entrance to the Prologue free-of-charge during their student visit. The full day fee includes lunch and a ticket to the matinée performance of The Tempest.

9:00 Welcome, Registration & Common Workshop: Teaching Shakespeare in 2018
10:15 Historical, Literary or Technical Workshop
11:30 Historical, Literary or Technical Workshop
1:00 Lunch & Pre-Show Discussion with Antoni Cimolino (Artistic Director)
2:00 Performance of The Tempest

Teaching Shakespeare in 2018 (Common)
This active workshop takes a critical look at what it means to teach Shakespeare in 2018. What is our responsibility in introducing young people to classical work today? How might we best ground our teaching of these texts in students’ lived experiences? As interpretive dramatic texts, how can we support students in making these stories their own?

Journey into the Archives (Historical) 
This hands-on workshop, led by Liza Giffen (Director of Archives) and Stephanie Johns (Education Coordinator) focuses on historical inquiry in relation to the diversity of productions of this play produced at the Stratford Festival. How have we reconceived this play, year after year? How does The Tempest take up the histories of freedom, imprisonment, colonization and reconciliation? How can we best invite students to delve into its history? 

Reading The Tempest (Literary) 
If Shakespeare was always meant to be heard, how do we best study it as a piece of literature? Led by Luisa Appolloni (Resident Teaching Artist), explore what this dramatic work offers English students. The Tempest is one of the four “late romances,” plays mingling comedy and tragedy with elements of the fantastic and the supernatural that Shakespeare wrote at the end of his career. Its use of imagery, blank verse and rhetoric provide a rich text for analysis and interpretation including contemporary reimagining by such writers as Neil Gaiman and Margaret Atwood.

Technical Tools for Creating the Storm (Technical) 
Led by Production Staff & Edward Daranyi (Associate Director of Education), this technical theatre-focused session invites participants to go behind-the-scenes to explore the iconic opening scene in one of Shakespeare’s most magical works. How do we create magic, illusion and the supernatural on our stages? How might our technical tools and approaches translate to a school context?

Supported by the Teachers-Festival Liaison Council.

To Kill a Mockingbird: Contemporary Perspectives on Teaching a Classic is a past 2018 event. Please check back in the Fall or email the Education Department to learn about 2019 Spring and Fall professional development for teachers

9:00 Registration
9:30 Welcome 
10:00 Readings & Workshops 
     • Audrey Dwyer’s Calpurnia OR 
     • Rob Kempson’s Mockingbird 
12:30 Lunch & Roundtable: Why To Kill a Mockingbird today? What does it offer a contemporary Canadian audience?  
2:00 Matinée Performance 
5:00 Post-Show Discussion with Nigel Shawn Williams

This day was comprised of excerpted readings of the play by professional artists, group discussion and active drama exercises as a way to explore how these contemporary pieces speak to key themes in To Kill a Mockingbird.

Supported by the Teachers-Festival Liaison Council and the Council of Ontario Drama and Dance Educators.


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September 27th - Encountering The Tempest: Historical, Literary and Technical Approaches

You may register for the full day (for $99) or mix and match only portions of the day (starting from $15).

Click here to be taken to the registration page. If you would prefer to register by phone, please call our Box Office at 1-800-567-1600.