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Teacher Professional Development

Teacher Professional Development


King Lear & Rent


May 6th   SOLD OUT

Full-day professional development featuring artist-led workshops, discussion and lunch, plus a ticket to preview the performances of King Lear and Rent.

A general itinerary is below. You can choose to focus on either one of these productions or both.

Select one of the two options using the registration buttons at the bottom of the page. More details about the workshop sessions will be sent out to you with a registration form in March and you will then have the chance to choose your workshop preferences.

This event will take place in Lazaridis Hall at the Tom Patterson Theatre.

Teacher Day Schedule
 9:15 a.m.       Registration  
 9:30 a.m.  Pre-Show Chat with artists from King Lear 
 10:00 a.m. Pre-Show Chat with artists from Rent 
 10:30 a.m. Break  
 10:45 a.m.  Choice of Workshops 
  • King Lear and Family
    How can we use this play to explore family, aging, generational difference, conflict and reconciliation with our students? Though Lear is at the centre, what can his daughters' experiences and actions offer young people in terms of their own family relationships?  Led by Déjah Dixon-Green (Regan, King Lear), Tara Sky (Cordelia, King Lear) and Shannon Taylor (Goneril, King Lear).
  • Dance as Resistance
    How does the choreography in this particular production of Rent speak to art as resistance? What elements of dance from this production can be shared with students, both dancers and non-dancers, interested in exploring the relationship between social justice, resistance and art? Led by Danielle Verayo (Alexi Darling, Rent) and Travae Williams (Swing, Rent).
 11:50 a.m. Choice of Workshops 
  • Disability and King Lear
    In what ways can we help our students to explore the nuances of Blindness in King Lear? What are the cultural implications and how does this play intersect with Disability politics today? Led by Jess Watkin.
  • Communities of Care and Chosen Family
    In what ways can Rent offer young 2SLGBTQIA+ people the opportunity to explore communities of care including chosen family? In what ways does the play resonate today? What elements of it do we need to explore from a more contemporary viewpoint?  Led by Thomas Alderson (Assistant Director, Rent), Éric Charbonneau (Associate Conductor and Keyboard, Rent) and Arielle Zamora (Education Associate, Stratford Festival).
 12:50 p.m.  Lunch (provided) 
 2:00 p.m.  Performance of King Lear 
 5:00 p.m.  Dinner (on your own) 
 8:00 p.m.  Performance of Rent 


Cost:  $125 +tax, includes lunch and a ticket to each production.

Please note: The tickets to the performances will be handed out on the day of the program.

To book your spot, please click the BOOK NOW button below.






A Wrinkle in Time


Wednesday, May 24th, 4-5 p.m.

Register for a FREE virtual Q&A with Adapter and Director Thomas Morgan Jones and Keith Barker, Dramaturge and Director of New Plays for the Stratford Festival. Learn more about the process of adaptation from novel to play, the key themes explored in this production and ask your questions.

All teachers who register will receive a promo code to preview the 2 p.m. performance on Saturday, May 27th for just $39.





Learn more and register for the Teaching Stratford Program here