August at The Forum

We’re sharing The Forum with our whole Festival audience, even those who are unable to make the events! Check out our livestream channel and join the conversations as they happen. You’ll find us at


The Forum is a new series that showcases some of the world’s greatest thinkers and entertainers in activities and events designed to make a visit to Stratford an immersive, all-encompassing cultural experience. These events are an exciting way to discover and examine the themes running through this season’s productions, and we don’t want you to miss out!

The month of August offers seven sessions for you to enjoy in the comfort of your living room, on your laptop or even on the bus using your mobile phone. If you’re not able to tune in for the real-time streaming, you can always catch the archived recording after the event.

This month’s livestream sessions include:

Shawn A-in-chut Atleo: First Nations and the Future of Canadian Citizenship 
Avon Theatre, Saturday, August 10, at 10 a.m.
The 11th Annual LaFontaine-Baldwin Lecture, delivered by the National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations. Introduced by John Ralston Saul.

The Foreign Exchange, with Donna-Michelle St. Bernard 
University of Waterloo, Stratford Campus
125 St. Patrick Street
Sunday, August 11, at 5:30 p.m.

Honorary “Foreign Ministers” are invited to illuminate and ignite candid conversations about race and culture.

Writing About the Right to Die 
Studio Theatre, Thursday, August 15, at 10:30 a.m.
With journalist, broadcaster and author Ian Brown (The Boy in the Moon), playwright and lighting designer Itai Erdal (How to Disappear Completely), author Zoe FitzGerald Carter (Imperfect Endings) and playwright Judith Thompson (The Thrill). Moderator: Alex Bulmer.

Stanley Wells: Sex and Love in Verona, Venice and Vienna 
Studio Theatre, Friday, August 16, at 5 p.m.
Stanley Wells is Honorary President, Life Trustee and former Chairman of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, emeritus professor of Shakespeare studies at the University of Birmingham and general editor of the Oxford and Penguin Shakespeares.

Stephen Lewis: Disability, Disillusion and Self-Discovery 
Avon Theatre, Saturday, August 17, at 10 a.m.
Leader of Ontario’s New Democratic Party in the 1970s, Stephen Lewis later became Canada’s ambassador to the United Nations and the UN’s special envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa. He is currently the Board Chair of the Stephen Lewis Foundation.

Alex Bulmer: The Insight of Blindness 
University of Waterloo, Stratford Campus
125 St. Patrick Street
Saturday, August 17, at 5:30 p.m.

Canadian-born writer and theatre artist Alex Bulmer, now based in the U.K., shares her experience creating disabled-led art after losing her sight. Her work includes Breathe, a multidisciplinary performance piece that opened the sailing events at the London Olympics.

What’s Past Is Prologue: Classical Theatre in our Times 
Studio Theatre, Sunday, August 18, at 10:30 a.m.
With artistic directors Antoni Cimolino, Jackie Maxwell (Shaw Festival), Peter Hinton (recently of the National Arts Centre) and others. Chair: David Prosser.

Join the conversation online using hashtag #sfForum.

For a full listing of all of the Forum events you can get involved with this month, visit our website!
August At the Forum


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