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MICHAEL LANGHAM WORKSHOP FOR CLASSICAL DIRECTION

WHO CAN APPLY

Martha Henry is the Director and Bonnie Green is the Associate Producer of the Michael Langham Workshop for Classical Direction.

The Langham workshop offers emerging directors the opportunity to gain critical insight into skills needed for directing classical theatre.   Participants work as Assistant Directors on Festival productions and tasks include research, script analysis, attending production meetings, direction of the understudies and liaising with production departments.  Classes with guest artists, Festival coaching staff and directors are also scheduled. The Directors’ Workshop Presentation is the culminating project, for which directors choose and direct a classical scene in the Studio Theatre in October.

Participants have access to tours, mentoring, shows and events, the Festival’s Archives and libraries, and both formal and informal opportunities to speak with senior staff and visiting artists.  Assistant Directors are paid a fee, a housing subsidy, and travel.

The Workshop is open to Canadian citizens or residents only.

Your Commitment as a Participant

Your main focus is to be the assistant director of a specific production. You will be on site for eight to 16 weeks – from the first day of rehearsal until the opening or the understudy run of your show, whichever comes later. In the fall, participants return to the Festival to direct a short piece of classical theatre at the Directors’ Workshop Presentation for an invited audience in the Studio Theatre.

Fully Immersive Instruction

Specialized classes are taught by guest artists to explore specific textual, vocal and physical skills used to rehearse a classical play.

Additional Benefits

You can take advantage of everything the Stratford Festival offers, including company classes taught by the Festival coaching staff, tours, tickets to productions, invitations to special events, access to the Festival’s Archives and libraries, and both formal and informal opportunities to speak with senior staff and visiting artists. 

Selection

Directors are chosen by application and/or recruitment. The Festival is open to new directors from all backgrounds and areas of Canadian theatre.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the ensuing postponement of the Stratford Festival's 2020 season, we are not recruiting applicants for the Michael Langham Workshop for 2021. To inquire about future seasons, please send an email to Bonnie Green, Associate Producer.

We extend our thanks to the Department of Canadian Heritage, the late Johanna Metcalf and the George Cedric Metcalf Foundation and the Philip and Berthe Morton Foundation

This program is made possible in part by the Government of Canada

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The Michael Langham Workshop for Classical Direction is sponsored by

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FEATURED ALUMNI

"The Michael Langham Workshop is that rare context where emerging Canadian directors get to meet minds with established ones, get to learn invaluable things about our craft and industry, as well as test and broaden our own capacities. Every season's 'Langhamite' cohort becomes its own incubator for new theatrical ideas - it's a think-tank for grappling with our zeitgeist alongside longstanding traditions."

Andrew Kushnir, 2018, 2019

"The Michael Langham Workshop is one of the most important training grounds for directors in Canada. I have been inspired, challenged and engaged more than I could have imagined.  I will undeniably leave this process as a better artist with a deeper understanding of my craft."

Mikaela Davies, 2018, 2019

"Working on the best plays from the last four centuries, with the best actors in Canada, is a privilege beyond measure. That high level of quality stretches your skills, and redefines your limitations as an artist. The program is a gift."

Rodrigo Beilfuss, 2019

2020 PARTICIPANTS

ALUMNI

2019 Participants

Rodrigo Beilfuss
Mikaela Davies
Brad Hodder
Ash Knight
Andrew Kushnir
Julia Nish-Lapidus
Jennifer Stewart

2018 Participants

Mikaela Davies
Andrew Kushnir
Carson Nattrass
Ron Pederson
Tyler J. Seguin
Jennifer Stewart
Laura Vingoe-Cram

2017 Participants

Michelle Boulet
Charlotte Gowdy
Sarah Kitz
Peter Pasyk
Tyler J. Seguin
Jonathan Seinen
James Wallis

2016 Participants

Christine Brubaker
Jessica Carmichael
Esther Jun
Peter Pasyk
Zack Russell
Bronwyn Steinberg
James Wallis
Ted Witzel

2015 Participants

Graham Abbey
Charlotte Gowdy
Krista Jackson
Kate Newby
Bronwyn Steinberg
Kristen Van Ginhoven
Rona Waddington
Ted Witzel

2014 Participants

Kevin Bennett
Christine Brubaker
Jessica Carmichael
Brett Christopher
Mitchell Cushman
Krista Jackson
Birgit Schreyer Duarte
Rona Waddington

2013 Participants

Kevin Bennett
Mitchell Cushman
Andrea Donaldson
Kevin Hammond
Birgit Schreyer Duarte
Ken Schwartz

2012 Participants

Eric Benson
Heather Davies
Alan Dilworth
Andrea Donaldson
Darcy Evans
Varrick Grimes
Kevin Hammond
Rachel Peake
Mumbi Tindyebwa Otu
Kristen van Ginhoven
Aaron Willis

2011 Participants

Sharon Bajer
Eric Benson
Dian Marie Bridge
Heather Davies
Alan Dilworth
Varrick Grimes
Thomas Morgan Jones
Rachel Peake
Andrew Shaver
Rachel Slaven
Lezlie Wade

2010 Participants

Sharon Bajer
Dian Marie Bridge
Darcy Evans
Ravi Jain
Thomas Morgan Jones
Ken Schwartz
Andrew Shaver
Rachel Slaven
Lezlie Wade
Aaron Willis
Lee Wilson