Just for Teachers

The Shaw Festival connects young minds with professional theatre in exciting and inspiring ways. Teachers and students with a passion for theatre will be wowed with access to world-class facilities, artists, and technicians. Our theatre programs have something for everyone – from teachers looking for professional development opportunities to school groups looking for enrichment activities, and for every young person that has ever dreamed of participating in the world of live theatre.

We have a program for YOU!


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Study Guides

Teaching resources will soon be available for Alice in Wonderland, A Woman of No Importance, Sweeney Todd, Our Town and Mrs Warren’s Profession. Our theatre professionals compile history, contextual information and activities that link to curricular expectations. These guides help you create lesson plans to draw your students into the world of the play.

We’re creating new videos, interviews and resource materials all the time. Visit us regularly to discover more!

Theatre Etiquette Tips

Our Town

Video Study Guide   Questions   Activities

Alice in Wonderland

Elementary: Video Study Guide    Questions & Activities
Secondary:  Video Study Guide    Questions & Activities

Mrs Warren’s Profession

Video Study Guide   Questions   Activities

A Woman of No Importance

Video Study Guide   Questions   Activities

Sweeney Todd

Video Study Guide   Questions   Activities   The Razor’s Edge – The Making of Sweeney Todd Videos

Spring Teachers Day
Friday May 6

Join us for an exciting and engaging day of inspiring workshops, delicious food, and (of course), wine. PLUS – option for you and a guest to attend 8pm Uncle Vanya for only $30/ticket.
For ALL English, Drama, Music, Dance, Phys-Ed, and Special Education teachers
$110 (+HST)
$140 with theatre ticket (+HST)

Register by calling 1-800-511-7429 or online by following these instructions:

1. Click on Log in
2. Log in or create an account
3. Include promotion code 16063
4. Go to May 6 – Teachers Day – Buy now
5. Select two workshops and proceed to checkout OR
6. If you wish to attend optional 8pm Uncle Vanya – click Continue shopping
7. Go to May 6 – Teachers Day – Uncle Vanya – Buy now
8. Select seats and proceed to checkout.



PLAYWRIGHTING | DISCOVERING IDENTITY: Helping students find their voice as a writer

“Do you know what a playwright is? A playwright is someone who lets his guts hang out on the stage.” (Edward Albee, playwright). But just how do you get students to write?! This workshop introduces the technical elements of playwriting and scene construction. Participants will learn how to guide students to identify clear scene elements, and distinguish the character voice from that of the playwright. Workshop Leader: Rob Kempson, Playwright, Director Secondary Expectations

“GO ASK ALICE” – ALICE IN WONDERLAND and Literacy connections

Join us as we fall down the rabbit hole into the wacky, wild world of Wonderland and explore curriculum connections to Literacy. This participatory workshop will provide participants with fun and engaging activities and techniques that tie directly to concepts and themes within Alice in Wonderland. A perfect way to celebrate the 150th anniversary of this classic tale. Appropriate for teachers of all grade levels! Workshop Leader: Debra McLauchlan, Professor, Brock University Elementary Expectations I Secondary Expectations

INTRO TO “VIEWPOINTS” – Moving the body naturally and dynamically

Do you have challenges getting your students to move? Struggling to help them be less self-conscious and lethargic on their feet? Working with a professional choreographer, experience how elements of “Viewpoints” and “Active Listening” lead students to move through the space with each other and create authentically as one. Explore the elemental properties of movement, allowing you to get creative with your students, so they end up inventing on their own. A fun, up-on-your-feet, eye-opening experience you don’t want to miss! Workshop Leader: Jane Johanson, Shaw Choreographer, Teacher, Performer
Elementary Expectations I Secondary Expectations

ACTING THROUGH SONG – Developing characters for musical theatre

In the Musical Theatre genre, there is more to singing than perfect pitch. There is also acting. Through this fun, interactive session, teachers will learn how to guide students to ‘act’ a song by exploring objectives, obstacles, and tactics. Experience how melodies, accompaniment, and lyrics inform choices as an actor. It’s all about bringing yourself to the work and finding honesty in the material! Workshop Leader: Doug Price, Music Director, Teacher, Performer Elementary Expectations I Secondary Expectations


Fall Teachers Day – October 14

SET DESIGN: BUILDING A MAQUETTE (SCALE MODEL) Experience the process of Set Design – from analyzing text, to creating a set design, culminating in the building of a maquette.

Fall Teachers Day
Friday October 14

Join us for an exciting and engaging full-day workshop, delicious food, and (of course), wine. PLUS – option for you and a guest to attend 8pm Sweeney Todd for only $30/ticket.

Read all about it here.

Need help getting here?

School groups booking tickets to Festival Theatre productions of Alice in Wonderland, A Woman of No Importance and Sweeney Todd may receive a subsidy of $200 towards the cost of bus transportation.

Call us at 1.800.511.7429 for details.

The Bus Subsidy Program is supported by Niagara Airbus.