Summer Theatre Intensive 2018

Taking Your Training to New Heights!

Summertheatreintensive 2017 DirectingBuilding on our partnership with Off the Wall, Stratford Artist Alliance, Theatre Ontario is returning to Stratford, Ontario this summer! Once again expanding the courses to include two possible training weeks in the beautiful building at Factory 163, we are thrilled to offer a mix of classic courses and brand new experiences for this year’s participants.


"This was my very first Theatre Ontario Summer Intensive experience… and it won’t be my last. My expectations were not only met, but exceeded." – Linda Pagnotta, 2017 Participant

"Theatre Ontario has created a series of workshops in a setting that is intrinsically linked to the Arts. The organization of the event was excellent! I commend the entire staff for their warm welcome… and all of the fantastic opportunities that made the week invaluable." – Anne Evanoff, 2017 Participant


Your Courses

For 2018, we are offering the following courses:

WEEK ONE (August 5-10th)

Learning to Love Your Monologue with Peggy Coffey
Directing - From First Reading to Opening Night with Diana Leblanc - SOLD OUT
     (Contact to secure your spot on the wait-list)
Stage Combat with Daniel Levinson
Teaching Drama to Children & Youth - Building Your Toolkit with Andrew Lamb - CANCELLED

WEEK TWO (August 12-17th)

Hot Scenes - Building your Acting Technique with Brenda Kamino - SOLD OUT
(Contact to secure your spot on the wait-list)
The Right Direction with John P. Kelly
Voice Bootcamp with Elley-Ray - SOLD OUT
(Contact to secure your spot on the wait-list)
Creation Lab with Donna-Michelle St. Bernard


Your Week’s Overview

  • Check in at your accommodations between 3:00pm-5:00pm on Sunday
  • Welcome Dinner on Sunday at Factory 163 at 5:00pm, followed by a 3-hour introduction to your class and classmates from 6:30-9:30pm
  • Catered meals daily for lunch and dinner including vegetarian fare
  • Class and assignments throughout the week will follow your instructor’s schedule, with at least thirty hours of in-class instruction
  • Evenings will be made up of class assignments, a live play reading, and a trip to the Stratford Festival Theatre Theatre to see To Kill a Mockingbird on August 8th / Julius Caesar on August 15th!
  • Courses finish: Friday at 12pm, with a closing luncheon to follow

Read more about the Summer Theatre Intensive on Theatre Ontario's Blog



Summer Theatre Intensive features Playwright-in-Person play readings from Canadian playwrights.

Our 2018 Playwrights-in-Person are Marie Beath Badian and Kat Sandler

Meet our Playwrights-in-Person



Factory163 King St, Stratford, Ontario



We are embracing a choose-your-own-adventure approach to the Summer Theatre Intensive; pick your week, pick your course, pick your digs! By covering each participant’s course fees, course materials, lunch and dinner only, we hope to allow more flexibility for our guests to choose their own price point for accommodations. Participants will enjoy catered lunches and dinners as well as other planned theatrical events throughout the week’s evenings in the hometown of North America’s largest Shakespeare Festival.

  Course Lunch and Dinners Stratford Ticket Total
Member $450 $150 $35 $635 + HST
Non-Member $550 $150 $35 $735 + HST

*Special Early Bird Offer – save $50 if you pay the total amount by May 1st!

A deposit of $200 is required at time of registration. Enrollment is limited. Participation in these courses is for those 16 years of age and older (participants under the age of 19 will require a waiver signed by a guardian.)



Check out our scholarship opportunities for our Summer Theatre Intensive


Meet our Summer Theatre Intensive 2018 Scholarship Recipients


Special Discount!

Theatre Ontario is excited to announce a special discount for 2017 students of Off The Wall; Stratford Artists’ Alliance’s (OTW) summer courses! Building on the success of our partnership last year we are extending a new, discounted rate of 15% off the price of any Theatre Ontario intensive to anyone who completed an OTW summer course in 2017. To take advantage of this offer and register for one of Theatre Ontario’s 2018 classes, please contact Rachel Kennedy at or 416-408-4556 x12 – just let her know what OTW course you took in 2017!


Withdrawal Policy

Payments are non-refundable after June 22, 2018. Any cancellation must be in writing. Theatre Ontario reserves the right to withdraw any course with full course refund.


Accommodation Suggestions

  Festival Inn
(Shared Room)**
SGH Residence
(Single Room)**
Billeting of Rooms
5 nights (Sun-Thurs) $360 + HST (pp) $298.08 + HST $125 - $150

**Breakfast and parking included

SGH Residence: Bright, cheery and tastefully decorated, the Residence offers dormitory style rooms with comfortable single beds. Rooms are outfitted with a small refrigerator, vanity, and sink. Single rooms contain writing desks – perfect for addressing postcards to friends in distant places. Amenities include a lounge on each floor with a kitchenette, separate male and female common washrooms (complete with bathtubs and showers), coin-operated washers and dryer, complimentary parking and a beautiful swimming pool located in the enclosed courtyard. A full breakfast is included with your accommodation in the Stratford General Hospital cafeteria. Bedding and towels are supplied by the Residence. WIFI will be available in the adjacent building. ** BONUS - Book with Theatre Ontario's group rate and they will even throw in a 6th night for free! **
To reserve a room at the SGH Residence, please contact or call 519-271- 5084 and tell them you’re with Theatre Ontario!

The Stratford Festival Inn is a quaint hotel destination with a full array of amenities to make your stay as enjoyable as possible. Share your double room with another participant or book one all to yourself! Amenities include an indoor pool, whirlpool and sauna with adjoining outdoor patio. All rooms are equipped with two beds and a bathroom. Parking and continental breakfast at the Inn’s Anne Hathaway Restaurant come free with your stay!
To reserve a single or shared room at the Festival Inn, please call the hotel’s booking coordinator at 1-800-463-3581 and them her know you’re with the “Summer Theatre Intensive program”! Please Note: you will be asked to put the week’s rental on a single credit card. If you need a hand finding a roommate for a shared room, please contact Rachel Kennedy at

To find a local resident with which to billet, please contact Rachel Kennedy at to discuss your requirements and possible accommodations. Please Note: billeting accommodations may not include breakfast.



If you're travelling from Toronto to Stratford, consider taking advantage of the Stratford Festival bus schedule, which offers a round-trip ride from Toronto to Stratford and back at the end of the week for only $28.26!



Register for Summer Courses


Code of Conduct - General Expectations

Participants at the Summer Theatre Intensive are expected at all times to:

  • Treat one another, venue, accommodations and Theatre Ontario staff, and course instructors with dignity, respect and hospitality;
  • Act with honesty, integrity and professionalism;
  • Conduct themselves in a manner which reflects the professional standards of the Summer Theatre Intensive program to create safe, supportive opportunities for all to learn new skills, forge new professional connections, and flex their creative muscles.


For More Information

For more information about the Theatre Ontario Summer Theatre Intensive, contact Rachel Kennedy, our Professional Theatre and Education Manager at or 416.408.4556 x. 12


Summer Intensive Partners

Off The Wall, Stratford Artists Alliance

Off The Wall offers week-long courses in backstage theatre production. Every learning opportunity is intensive and hands-on, conducted in a working studio where you receive one-on-one mentorship from Stratford Festival artists.


Factory163 is a newly renovated arts facility where individuals can meet, learn, create, promote and showcase creative and innovative ideas, from local artists to Stratford's Spring Works Festival.

Offthewall Factory163


401 Richmond Street West, Suite 350, Toronto, ON, M5V 3A8
Telephone: 416.408.4556 (Find an Extension) / Fax: 416.408.3402
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Monday to Friday: 9 am to 5 pm
(In July and August, our hours are Monday to Thursday: 9 am to 5 pm and Friday: 9 am to 1 pm)