“To be able to access their knowledge and experience so freely and comfortably was an experience I shall not soon forget.”

2016 Participant

“I was so struck by the incredibly safe environment that was established from the onset. I also appreciated how we were empowered to get what we wanted and needed out of the week-long experience. I didn't feel pressure to perform but rather, encouraged to really explore and try new things. What an invaluable experience.”

Participant 2016

"I feel so lucky to have had the chance to work with Kate—she is a genius and a total badass—and to have had the time and space to immerse myself in classical text exploration. So many, many thanks!!"

2017 participant

Our annual Masterclass series is a rare opportunity to learn skills in verse, text analysis, and performance from our country’s top artists. Over the course of several workshops our annual guest teacher shares techniques, practices, and experience from their distinguished careers. The Masterclass allows our artist community to reinvigorate their work with Shakespeare’s text.

Past Masterclass Teachers

Diane D'Aquila

2013 & 2014
Diane D’Aquila

Multi-award winning actor, Diane D’Aquila has performed at Soulpepper, American Repertory Theatre, Nightwood Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, The Shaw Festival, 15 seasons at the Stratford Festival and yes, Slings & Arrows. She directed Shakespeare in the Ruff’s production of Richard III and she is a force to be reckoned with.

Chick Reid

2015
Tom McCamus & Chick Reid

Genie, Gemini, ACTRA, and Dora award winning performer Tom McCamus is a staple of Canadian theatre. He has performed across the country and around the world along with 15 seasons playing leading roles at the Stratford Festival.

Chick Reid has performed everywhere form Stratford to Shaw to Broadway to Tarragon and everything in-between. At the same time she has maintained an extensive leadership in education and is a long time teacher for Queen’s University.

Seana McKenna

2016
Seana McKenna

Seana McKenna has performed across the continent, and 24 seasons (and counting) with the Stratford Festival. At Stratford, she has played every leading female role you can think of in Shakespeare—Viola, Kate, Portia, Lady Macbeth, as well as a critically acclaimed turn as Richard III.

Kate Hennig

2017
Kate Hennig

Kate has over 35 years of experience as an actor including seasons on Broadway, with the Royal Shakespeare Company, Mirvish and with the Shaw and Stratford Festivals. She originated the role of Mrs. Wilkinson the dance teacher in Broadway production of Billy Elliot. She is the recipient of the 2015 Christopher Plummer Award for Excellence in Classical Theatre.