With William Shakespeare as its foundation, the Stratford Festival aims to set the standard for classical theatre in North America. Embracing our heritage of tradition and innovation, we seek to bring classical and contemporary theatre alive for an increasingly diverse audience. For more than half a century, the festival’s mission has evolved to address the ever-changing, ever-challenging Canadian cultural landscape. What has remained constant, however, is the determination to create stimulating, thought-provoking productions of Shakespeare’s plays, to examine other plays from the classical repertoire, and to foster and support the development of Canadian theatre practitioners.
Antoni Cimolino, Director, Stratford Festival
Antoni Cimolino is the Artistic Director of the Stratford Festival. During the 26th season, he is the director of The Merchant of Venice and Mary Stuart; his additional directing credits at Stratford include Cymbeline; Grapes of Wrath; Bartholomew Fair; Coriolanus; As You Like It (featuring original music by Barenaked Ladies); King John; Love’s Labour’s Lost; Twelfth Night; The Night of the Iguana; and Filumena. A champion of the arts and culture, Mr. Cimolino serves as the National Chair of Culture Days, a nation-wide celebration of arts and culture in Canada. He has initiated collaborations with several prestigious theatre companies, including Montreal’s Théâtre du Nouveau Monde, Ottawa’s National Arts Centre, New York’s Lincoln Center and City Center, and the Chicago Shakespeare Theater. He also spearheaded the Festival’s involvement in a joint project with CUSO International, Canada’s international volunteer co-operation agency, to establish a performing arts and educational centre in the city of Suchitoto, El Salvador.
Andrea Gammon (BFA, BEd, MA, OCT) is the Director of Education at the Stratford Festival. Andrea received her BFA in Musical Theatre from the Boston Conservatory in Boston, MA, her BEd from the University of Western Ontario and her MA in Shakespeare Studies at the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-upon-Avon, England. In her capacity as Director of Education with the Festival, she is the program director for the Festival’s education, outreach and enrichment activities for all patron interest groups including the Shakespeare School for students, the Teaching Shakespeare Program for teachers and multiple enrichment and Forum events for general audiences.