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October 4, 2021 – Call for submissions from Canadian directors for 2022

The Langham Directors’ Workshop

Michael Langham – Artistic Director of the Stratford Festival, 1956-196

The Langham Directors’ Workshop offers our country’s most promising directors an unmatched opportunity to develop skills that will enable them to create vibrant productions that reveal their own unique voice within a variety of genres.

– Antoni Cimolino, Artistic Director, Stratford Festival

The Langham Directors’ Workshop wants to nurture exciting directorial talent and provide you with the resources to explore, play, and hone your craft. We want to help you create inspired and boundary-pushing work – not only for our stages, but for your career and beyond. We offer emerging and mid-career directors the opportunity to explore innovative Shakespeare and classical works, lead large-scale productions at one of the largest stages in the country, and birth new plays with Canada’s finest playwrights. Throughout these explorations, we hope to provide mentorship opportunities, help grow your networks, and provide a space for authentic creative exploration.

  • Participants will work as Assistant or Associate Directors on Festival productions. (Responsibilities may include assisting on understudy rehearsals and attending additional design and production meetings before the official residency in Stratford.)
  • Participants will attend regular group meetings during the season to learn from special guest artists and talk with fellow Langham participants and program alumni.
  • Participants will take part in a week-long intensive near the end of September, consisting of masterclasses, panel discussions, and other creative workshops – all devised with input from participants.
  • Participants will create a final presentation where they will choose and direct a scene/project that best represents their aesthetic. The Directors’ Workshop Presentations are usually held in the Studio Theatre in October (three weeks).
  • Langham Directors are paid a fee, a housing subsidy, and travel expenses. Depending on the length of the rehearsal process and other factors, fees for the Assistant /Associate Directors usually range from $8,000 to $10,000.

Application guidelines and more information are available at

We extend our thanks to the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Philip and Berthe Morton Foundation. The Langham Directors’ Workshop is sponsored by RBC Emerging Artists.

At this time we are undergoing a culture shift to support anti-racism and anti-oppression and ensure a respectful, equitable and inclusive environment in which all staff, artists and audience members can feel a true sense of belonging.

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