Performing Arts – My Academy

My-1My Academy is an exciting partnership between the Stratford Festival and the Avon Maitland District School Board. The focus is to develop the acting and production skills of our students while maintaining a focus on good citizenship, inclusion and positive character development.

My Academy is open to all students, grades 7-12, who register/are registered as full-time students in the Avon Maitland District School Board.

The depth of study has been shaped to include all aspects of the theatre world: Acting (Text, Movement, Voice), Technical Theatre, Set and Costume Design, Lighting and Sound Design and Stage Management.

About the Program

The My Academy program will offer students a once-in-a-lifetime integrated arts opportunity to enrich their existing high school arts programming by working closely with the Stratford Festival and its artisans.

Stratford FestivalThe My Academy after school program combines the rigours of onstage performance practices and behind-the-scenes craftsmanship to create an experience for the student unlike any other.

Working closely with artists and using state-of-the-art technical equipment, students will embark on an adventure that will culminate in an abridged production of one of Shakespeare’s works at the Stratford Festival’s Studio Theatre in May.

“We’re delighted to be able to make this opportunity available to students in Avon Maitland schools. Not only will My Academy help participants develop new skills and gain insight into different theatrical careers, it will also allow them to build important relationships within the theatre community.” Anita Gaffney Executive Director, Stratford Festival

A Second Semester Feature Program

3:30 – 5:30 pm

Subsidies and grants are available for all selected participants. It is important to emphasize that every student, regardless of their financial means, should be encouraged to apply. We do not want an individual’s ability to pay to be a barrier for any student to be part of this adventure. Register Today at:

The instructors for My Academy will be Stratford Festival professionals. The culmination of the program will be a Shakespearean production at the Stratford Festival’s Studio Theatre. My Academy will use Festival props, costumes, production equipment and facilities.

“We are tremendously excited about our new partnership with the Stratford Festival. As our nation’s leading classical theatre, the Festival will help us to provide unique and enriching learning experiences for our local and international students in Avon Maitland.” Jane Morris Superintendent of Education, Avon Maitland District School Board