CISDF: Drama Festival

Hosted by none other than the world-renowned Stratford Festival each April, this multi-day theatrical experience makes a lasting impact on aspiring actors, producers and technicians.

The offerings include seats for a current production. (Spamalot or Chicago may just be on the bill.) Stratford Festival teaching artists deliver on-site workshops and each evening students participate in and watch pieces they’ve been rehearsing back at school.

Working with Stratford's performing artists sets a high bar and raises the calibre of conversation about theatre, whether they’re offering supportive feedback or educating students about how to adjudicate a show.

It’s also an exciting way to expose young artists to social opportunities with passionate and dedicated peers from member schools. (Senior students stay for the full three-day option while Middle School students come for one day.)


As direction from the government and public health continue to evolve, CIS Ontario has officially cancelled all of its events up to the end of April. This includes CISDF, as Stratford Festival has cancelled shows and public gatherings in April as well.

Thank you CISDF Drama Educators

We extend sincere thanks to all the drama educators who participated in the planning and preparation for CISDF 2020. We also thank all the student performers for their passion for CISDF and hope that we might find creative ways for them to share their performances with each other at a later date. In addition, we extend huge thanks and admiration to Brendon Allen, Chair of this year's committee for his passion for and dedication to CISDF. Brendon implemented a number of new features to the program that would have no doubt added to the student experience. 

Finally, we extend our heartfelt thanks Breanne Ritchie, Education Associate and her team at Stratford Festival for all they did to prepare for our students. While, of course we are all disappointed, we look forward to our continued partnership with Stratford Festival in the future.

Key Dates


If you have any questions, please contact Brendon Allen, Committee Chair by email at or Sheri Little, Executive Assistant/ Event Manager, CIS Ontario at

The Bishop Strachan School Experiences CISDF 2019

CISDF Conference of Independent Schools of Ontario Dance Fest


CISDF, scheduled for April 22-24, 2020 at Stratford Festival has been cancelled.


Brendon Allen
Drama Teacher
The Bishop Strachan School

Breanne Ritchie
Education Associate – Partnership Focus
Stratford Festival

For additional information, please contact:
Sheri Little
Executive Assistant/ Event Manager

By breaking down geographic boundaries and school walls, this province-wide theatre experience invites a powerful journey of self-expression and discovery.