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Teacher Professional Development

Teacher Professional Development



Join us for our spring Teacher Days in May.  Two options are available, one virtual on May 10th and one in-person on May 14th. Teachers can choose to participate in one or the other, or attend both!


May 10 - Virtual Program

Two-hour virtual professional development session with professional teaching artists, exploring themes connected to our production of Richard III. Free.


6-6:50 p.m.Session OneThe Historical Richard
                                Learn about the real man and real events that inspired William Shakespeare to write the play and how perceptions shifted after Richard III's actual bones were discovered.
 7-7:50 p.m.Session TwoBehind-the-Scenes Secrets  
  In this session some of people who work behind the scenes talk about the roles they play getting the show audience ready. With Stratford Festival guests: Des'ree Gray (Assistant Costume Designer), Michelle Jamieson (Props) and Melissa Rood (Stage Manager).




May 14 - In-Person Program

Full-day professional development featuring artist-lead workshops, discussion and lunch, followed by a matinee of Richard III  and a post-show chat. This event will take place in Lazaridis Hall at the Tom Patterson Theatre.


8:30 a.m.Registration 
9:15 a.m. Session One: Making Shakespeare Accessible
 Join Stratford Teaching Artist Company Members James Wallis and Dhanish Kumar Chinniah for a hands on workshop exploring the motives and machinations of Richard III and making the play accessible to learners of all kinds regardless of their experiences with Shakespeare. 
10:45 a.m.Break 
11:00 a.m. Session TwoMore than a Hunch: Theatre, Disability and Richard III
                                 This session will introduce the topic of the performing of disabilities using in Richard III as a case study. 
12:30 p.m. Lunch 
1:30 p.m. Archive Pop-Up
 Meet Stratford Archivists, Christine Schindler and Stephanie Vaillant, who will be answering questions about Crowning Glory: Replica of the 1953 Richard III Coronation Robe Exhibition in the lobby of the Tom Patterson Theatre. 
2:00 p.m. Performance of Richard III
5:00 p.m. Post-show chat with company members Beck Lloyd and Emilio Vieira.


Cost: This program is Pay-What-You-Wish (PWYW), with a suggested payment of $99 +tax.  If you are able to give more, please consider doing so in order to pay it forward.

Please note: Lunch and a ticket to the show are included in the cost of the program.  The ticket to the matinee will be handed out on the day of the program.  You will also receive a follow up email two-weeks before the program with more details about the day, COVID-19 guidelines, and a request for any dietary restrictions.





Learn more and register for the Teaching Stratford Program here