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Celebrated Speakers

Time: 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. unless otherwise stated.

Location: Lazaridis Hall unless otherwise stated.

Cost: From $29 unless otherwise stated

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PRIDE WEEK 

Get ready for a series of speakers and events programmed around 2SLGBTQ+ topics and histories. Learn from queer artists, scholars and guest speakers, as they speak about their personal histories and experiences.

THE BODY POLITIC: A HISTORY OF QUEER NEWS IN THE GAY AND LESBIAN LIBERATION ERA (Pride Week), June 14

First published in 1971, The Body Politic was Canada’s primary periodical for gay liberation for sixteen years. It amplified the lives of queer people and helped galvanize the gay and lesbian liberation movement. Join Raegan Swanson, Executive Director of The ArQuives and Nicholas Hrynyk of Thompson Rivers University in a conversation moderated by Carleton University professor Patrizia Gentile as they delve deep into the history of queer news in Canada.

A QUEEN PREPARES WITH LEMON FROM CANADA’S DRAG RACE (Pride Week), June 15

One of Canada’s most revered drag performers, Lemon makes her Meighen Forum debut in this intimate and up-close conversation with Thom Allison. Lemon talks about her journey from her hometown of Pickering, Ontario to break-out star of both Canada’s Drag Race and RuPaul’s Drag Race UK vs the World as the audience watches her transform into the glamourous, sweet-never-sour, unstoppable Queen who is at the top of her game.

TRANS FAMILIES: AN INTERVIEW WITH KINLEY MOCHRIE, COLIN MOCHRIE AND DEB MCGRATH (Pride Week), June 16

In this beautiful story of family, identity and acceptance, join Kinley and her parents, Colin Mochrie and Deb McGrath, as they discuss what it means to be a supportive family, from Kinley’s coming out journey to dealing with uninformed relatives and transphobic trolls.

THE ARTIST’S LIFE,  July 6

Veteran director, dramaturg, artistic director and theatre practitioner, Bob White, sits down with legendary Stratford artists, directors and playwrights for an in-depth and personal conversation about their chosen path, stories untold and what it takes to be a theatre maker in the 21st century.

SEASON DEEP DIVE WEEK

Join Festival leaders and artists for conversations about developing the 2024 season, from planning the playbill and writing the plays to executing onstage design and action.

UP CLOSE WITH ANTONI CIMOLINO AND ANITA GAFFNEY (Season Deep Dive Week), July 12

Antoni Cimolino, Artistic Director, and Anita Gaffney, Executive Director, answer your questions about the 2024 season and plans for the future.

THE OTHER DIRECTORS: INTIMACY AND FIGHT DIRECTORS (Season Deep Dive Week), July 12, 5:30pm-7:00pm

Join us for a conversation with some of the Festival’s fight and intimacy directors about what their job entails. Learn about what goes on behind the scenes with the people that make sure our actors are safe at all times while on stage, from punching to kissing and everything in between.

THE HISTORY OF THE STRATFORD FESTIVAL (Season Deep Dive Week), Festival Theatre, July 13

Stratford, Ontario wasn’t always a bustling theatre town. Travel back in time with us on the Festival Theatre stage as we revisit the history of the beloved Stratford Festival. Join Maev Beaty and other Festival veterans as they remember Tom Patterson, Tanya Moiseiwitsch and Tyrone Guthrie, and discover how we’ve gone from a tent, to today.

DEVELOPING NEW PLAYS AT THE STRATFORD FESTIVAL (Season Deep Dive Week), July 14

At any given time there are about twenty-five projects in active development at the Stratford Festival. Join Director of the Foerster Bernstein New Play Development Program Keith Barker, Lab Coordinator Andrea Pestana and others in a conversation charting the path of a play from concept to production.

THE ARTIST’S LIFE, July 28

Veteran director, dramaturg, artistic director and theatre practitioner, Bob White, sits down with legendary Stratford artists, directors and playwrights for an in-depth and personal conversation about their chosen path, stories untold and what it takes to be a theatre maker in the 21st century.

GLOBAL THEATRE WEEK

A journey into the overall impact of theatre on greater culture. Explore the many ways theatre from other cultures and continents influences the Canadian stage, while discussing what our country’s theatre has to offer the world.

SHAKESPEARE AND THE WORLD (Global Theatre Week), August 9

The works of Shakespeare are known across the globe, exploring universal experiences, lending themselves to culturally specific adaptations, and being used as an instrument of imperialism. Join artists, scholars, and experts as they discuss all the many things that Shakespeare means around the world.

THEATRE ACROSS BORDERS: THE CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES OF GLOBAL THEATRE (Global Theatre Week), August 10

Theatre is universal, so it should be a trivial thing to take it around the world. But bringing art overseas is not always smooth sailing. Join Danny Everson, Executive Director of Mermaid Theatre, and other Canadian theatre practitioners in this panel to discuss how they bring their theatre to the rest of the world, and how they bring international theatre to Canada.

ECODRAMA: GREENING THEATRE (Global Theatre Week), August 11

Ecodrama is a new approach to telling stories about the climate crisis through live performance. It invites theatre companies to choose sustainable and decarbonizing pathways of production and it provides a public forum for thinking about how to live through calamities with collective resilience and hope. Learn more about ecodrama with Canadian playwright Colleen Murphy, Shakespeare professor Randall Martin and others.

THE ARTIST’S LIFE,  August 16

Veteran director, dramaturg, artistic director and theatre practitioner, Bob White, sits down with legendary Stratford artists, directors and playwrights for an in-depth and personal conversation about their chosen path, stories untold and what it takes to be a theatre maker in the 21st century.

MODERN ARCHITECTURE IN STRATFORD, August 17 (Free but reserve your ticket)

In 1957, the Festival Theatre marked a watershed moment by introducing modern architecture to the realm of Canadian public buildings. Fast forward six decades and Siamak Hariri’s groundbreaking design for the Tom Patterson Theatre once again captivated the global stage. Join Brigette Shim, an historian and architect, alongside Siamak Hariri for an engaging conversation exploring modern architecture and delve into the artistic intricacies and meticulous care required to craft some of the world’s most extraordinary structures.

READERS AND WRITERS WEEK

Award-winning authors and literary experts lead conversations that explore and celebrate the written word and its power across cultures and throughout time.

THE GOLDEN AGE OF CHILDREN’S LITERATURE (Readers and Writers Week), August 23

The “Golden Age” of children’s literature (roughly 1850s-1910s) marked a period of innovation and creativity in children’s books, giving rise to many enduring classics that continue to captivate and inspire generations of readers. In this conversation moderated by director, teacher, and actor Allen MacInnis, authors and experts will discuss the pivotal role writers like J.M. Barrie (author of Peter Pan) and his counterparts played in shaping the way we think about and create literature for young readers.

VALLEY OF THE BIRDTAIL (Readers and Writers Week), August 24

Co-authors Douglas Sanderson (Amo Binashii) and Andrew Stobo Sniderman discuss their acclaimed book, Valley of the Birdtail: An Indian Reserve, a White Town, and the Road to Reconciliation, a true story about how two communities became separate and unequal—and what it means for the rest of us.

ON MARGARET LAURENCE (Readers and Writers Week), August 25

As one of our nation’s most prolific writers, Margaret Laurence will forever remain in the hearts of Canadian readers. Her iconic style and empathetic characters in works like The Diviners only scratch the surface on the influence she had on many of our writers today. Literary critic and writer, David Staines, leads this conversation with award-winning novelists Guy Vanderhaeghe and Jane Urquhart on the legacy of Margaret Laurence.

AN ACTOR PREPARES: THREE HUNDRED YEARS BEFORE STANISLAVSKI, September 6

In this reading of his essay, veteran director and writer, Guy Sprung, suggests a unique presentation of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, envisioning it as a London double-decker tourist bus. The top level of the bus visually unfolds the revenge tragedy of Hamlet, while on the lower level, cleverly concealed in typical Elizabethan cryptic fashion, lies a guidebook delving into the intricacies of acting. When juxtaposed with the principles of Konstantin Stanislavski, the acting advice embedded in Hamlet reveals an unexpectedly sophisticated and contemporary nature. Following this innovative presentation, veteran actor David Ferry moderates a discussion featuring award-winning actor Amaka Umeh,  director Peter Pasyk and Professor MJ Kidnie from Western University.

SCHOLARS AND EXPERTS WEEK

Scholars and experts explore the playbill, bringing insight and experience to discussions around the impact of art, even when circumstance would see it obscured or contained

DEATH OF A SALESMAN GOES TO BEIJING (Scholars and Experts Week), September 20

What on earth possessed Arthur Miller to come to China in 1983 to direct his quintessentially American masterpiece, Death of a Salesman? And what ripples did this landmark production cause around the world? Join Leanna Brodie and Jovanni Sy, the playwrights of Salesman in China, and others in this discussion of the historical, political, artistic, and personal context around the real events that inspired their play.

CENSORSHIP AND ARTISTIC EXPRESSION (Scholars and Experts Week), September 21

In this conversation with experts on public policy, human rights, and artistic freedom, we look at the history and modern-day realities of censorship, the reasons art is censored, and the ways artists resist being silenced.

CULTURAL DIPLOMACY (Scholars and Experts Week), September 22

It has been the policy of the U.S. State Department to support both U.S. artists performing abroad and foreign artists touring the United States. Arthur Miller’s sojourn in Beijing to direct Death of a Salesman in 1983 can be viewed in this context. Canada and other nations also promote their culture, viewing it as a kind of “soft power”. Co-Founder of the North American Cultural Diplomacy Initiative, Sascha Priewe and other experts join moderator Deanna Horton as they examine cultural diplomacy past and present.

ON STAGE WITH ADAM GOPNIK: JESSICA B. HILL, September 28

What does it take to shift from one art form to another? In this in-depth conversation, company member and playwright Jessica B. Hill contemplates theatre, art, writing and life with award-winning author, Adam Gopnik.

ON STAGE WITH ADAM GOPNIK: ROSALIE ABELLA, September 29

Witness the magic unfold as retired Supreme Court Justice Rosalie Abella chats with celebrated author Adam Gopnik in a candid glimpse into the world of these good friends. Discussing the intersection of influence and creativity, this interview promises to leave you inspired and enriched.

 

Date

Jun 14 2024

Time

10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Organizer

Stratford Festival
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