Photograph of teachers during a workshop



Stay tuned for 2020 dates! Registration opening soon! Click here for more information.

May 4 & 5, 2019

Participating teachers work with Festival staff and teaching artists to tie Common Core Standards to the study of Shakespeare.

On May 4, Michigan teachers are invited to participate in full-day professional development focused on Exploring Power & Oppression in Shakespeare. The day will feature artist-led workshops, discussion and lunch, plus a ticket to preview a performance. Through active workshops and discussion with artists and subject specialists, participants will develop contemporary, critical, drama- or English-based strategies for teaching Othello and The Merry Wives of Windsor. This event will be delivered to teachers working in both Canada and the U.S.

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

Visit our Teacher Days page for more information and to register.


Stay tuned for 2020 information!

Call for Applicants!

Thanks to the generous support of the Michigan Members, we are offering scholarships for pre-service teachers working towards their teaching certification, early-career teachers, or teachers who would appreciate a new perspective on teaching Shakespeare. The scholarship will cover the costs of travel, accommodation and registration for the Michigan Teachers' Weekend.

How to Apply

Please contact Breanne Ritchie at or 519.271.4040 x 2450 with the following information:

  • Full name
  • Email address and phone number
  • School name and address
  • Why do you want to take part in the Michigan Teachers' Weekend?
  • How will you apply what you learn in your training/teaching?


For more than fifteen years, the Stratford Festival has led an annual residency in Michigan. Its mandate is to explore innovative pedagogical drama strategies and to provide an opportunity for teachers to meet and share experiences with their peers across the state. Participating teachers and students work with Festival staff and teaching artists to tie Common Core Standards to the study of Shakespeare. 

The residency begins with teacher professional development in Stratford in May. In the fall, teaching artists visit Michigan to provide pre-show workshops, then students and teachers see a selected Shakespeare production and participate in further enrichment programming with the Festival, deepening the work initiated by their teachers in the spring.

"The workshop increased my conviction that Shakespeare is a vital language experience, especially when brought to life physically by the students in the classroom. Using the real elements of theatre - voice, movement, embodied imagination - students are far more likely to connect with the spirit and value of Shakespeare. Silent reading just doesn't work."

- Michigan  Residency participant.          

To participate, please send us an email or call Breanne Ritchie in the Education Department at 519-271-4040 x2450


The Michigan Residency is supported in part through the Michigan Education Outreach Fund, held within the Stratford Shakespearean Festival Endowment Foundation.

For information on how you can support the Residency, please call our Advancement department at 1.800.561.1233, extension 5617.

All teachers attending the Michigan Teachers' Weekend receive a minimum of $200 in bus funding when returning with their class to see a performance at Stratford Festival this season.

Information on bus funding will be shared with participants during and after the Michigan Teachers' Weekend.

Click here to read more and apply for funding of your bus trip.



Michigan school groups visiting this season for OthelloThe CrucibleThe Merry Wives of Windsor and/or The Neverending Story  can apply for assistance to help with the costs of bus transportation. 

Click here to read more and apply for funding of your bus trip.

Questions? Send us an email.


In partnership with the Avon-Maitland District School Board.

Programming plans for 2019/2020 will be announced soon! Here's a look at what was offered in 2018/2019:

This six-week program provides students in Grades 7-12 the opportunity to build their own performance in response to one of the shows in the season. Participants work in collaboration with Festival teaching artists and staff to create and perform their own piece on the Studio Theatre stage.

Offered in Stratford in first semester and Goderich in second semester. The second semester provides students in Grades 7-12 the opportunity to participate in a series of specialty workshops delivered by Stratford Festival teaching artists and staff. The series includes a visit to see one of the shows in the 2019 season.

To register, click here.

In partnership with Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board.

This five-week program provides students in Grades 6-8 the opportunity to participate free-of-charge in a series of introductory workshops delivered by Stratford Festival teaching artists and staff. The series includes a visit to see one of the shows in the 2020 season.

To register, click here. 

In April 2020, the Conference of Independent Schools brings together more than 12 independent schools in Ontario to participate together in a multi-day Drama Festival in which students perform their respectively created pieces, participate in workshops delivered by Festival teaching artists, and see a 2020 Stratford production together.

Hosted by the Stratford Festival, the festival is created and delivered by the Conference of Independent Schools.


Designed to dovetail with existing Bachelor of Education course curricula, this pilot program unites five of the largest arts organizations in Ontario - the Canadian Opera Company, the Shaw Festival, Soulpepper Theatre Company, the Stratford Festival and Young People's Theatre - in a series of sessions that provide teacher candidates with new and exciting drama-based approaches to their teaching.

Through this program, pre-service teachers:

•             Develop and implement cross-curricular teaching strategies

•             Forge relationships with Canada's leading arts organizations

•             Learn from inspirational teaching artists