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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 2016 season. The Festival’s 2016 season begins in February with the final openings in August. Assistant directors are usually required for 8-16 weeks within that timeframe.

Thirty-three directors have participated since the program’s inaugural year in 2010. Participants in 2015 are:

  • Graham Abbey (Stratford)
  • Charlotte Gowdy (Toronto)
  • Krista Jackson (Winnipeg)
  • Kate Newby (Calgary)
  • Bronwyn Steinberg (Ottawa)
  • Kristen van Ginhoven (Lee, MA)
  • Rona Waddington (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 2016.

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

Submissions must be postmarked or emailed by August 10, 2015. Decisions for 2016 will be made no later than November of 2015. This workshop is only open to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

We recognize that diversity – in our workplace, in our audiences and on our stages – fosters a rich and creative
environment. We are actively engaged in building a more diverse workplace and encourage all qualified applicants to apply.

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