June 23, 2016 - Call for submissions from Canadian directors for 2017
The Michael Langham Workshop
for Classical Direction
a director training program with emphasis on classical text
Michael Langham – Artistic Director of the Stratford Festival, 1956-1967
Directing the classics requires extraordinary understanding of the text and keen sensitivity to the role of the actor. The Langham Workshop offers our country’s most promising directors an unmatched opportunity to develop the skills that will enable them to master this uniquely demanding repertoire.
– Antoni Cimolino, Artistic Director, Stratford Festival
This call is for theatre directors, from emerging to mid-stage in their career. Their primary task will be assistant directing one of the plays in the Festival’s 2017 season. The Festival’s 2017 season begins in February with the final openings in August. Assistant directors are usually required for 8-16 weeks within that timeframe. Our 2017 playbill can be found at stratfordfestival.ca.
Forty-one directors have participated since the program’s inaugural year in 2010. Participants in 2016 are:
Christine Brubaker (Toronto) Jessica Carmichael (St. Catharines) Esther Jun (Toronto)
Peter Pasyk (Burlington) Zack Russell (Toronto) Bronwyn Steinberg (Ottawa)
James Wallis (Toronto) Ted Witzel (Toronto)
Participants will join existing classes in text, voice, movement and other disciplines regularly held by the Festival’s Theatre Training Department as well as specialized classes exploring the text, vocal and physical skills for use in the rehearsal process of a classical play. Selected participants will be given the opportunity to choose a piece of classical text for the Directors’ Workshop Presentation slated for the fall of 2017.
Workshop participants receive a fee, travel costs and a housing subsidy.
To apply, please submit a résumé, a letter of recommendation and a personal letter by mail or email to:
Bonnie Green, Associate Producer
Stratford Festival, Box 520, 55 Queen St, Stratford, ON, N5A 6V2
519.271.4040 ex 2290
Submissions must be postmarked or emailed by August 8, 2016. Decisions for 2017 will be made no later than November of 2016. This workshop is only open to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.
We extend our thanks to the Department of Canadian Heritage,
Johanna Metcalf and the George Cedric Metcalf Foundation, and the Philip and Berthe Morton Foundation.
We recognize that diversity – in our workplace, in our audiences and on our stages – fosters a rich and creative environment. We are actively striving to build a more diverse workplace and the Michael Langham Workshop is a significant part of our strategy to achieve that goal.
For more information: stratfordfestival.ca/langhamworkshop