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Lesson Plan: For Teachers: Profile of a Stratford Personality

English Language Arts
1 to 2 lessons
To research and write a profile of a public figure
Students will research and write a profile of someone connected to the Stratford Festival.

Lesson Plan

Before Exploring

It is through the work of many individuals that the Festival has enjoyed such success. Ask students to brainstorm the jobs that are involved in creating a theatre festival such as the Stratford Festival (for example, development, training, wardrobe, stage management, acting, design, production, music, marketing, communications, lighting, properties, or box office). Then have them think about which of those jobs interests them, and write a brief journal entry describing a Festival-related role about which they would like to learn more.

Outline the Opportunity

Explain to students that they will be writing a profile of one person connected to the Stratford Festival. Have them visit the topic The Stratford Festival: the First 50 Years on the CBC Digital  Archives website and choose one person to study in detail. If they wish, they can do a more in-depth internet search about that person.

When their research is complete, students will write a profile. In the profile, students should describe the person, interesting aspects of his or her personality, what that person does at Stratford, and why that person chooses to be at Stratford. The profile should be informative, interesting, and well-organized.

Revisit and Reflect

Students can share their work with their classmates. Have students offer specific details to support their opinion about why their subject's contribution to the Festival is important.


Students can extend their profiles into a feature article for a magazine or newspaper with an attention-getting headline, an entertaining lead, and if possible, a photograph or sketch.

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