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Here Are Some of Our Frequently Asked Questions


  • What is Shakesperience?

Shakesperience is a one-week, 3-credit course taken during the spring semester. During this week, students (as well as students of life), will travel to the renowned Stratford Theatre Festival to see five plays, participate in workshops and backstage tours, and have discussions with directors, actors, and writers.


  • Who can participate?

This event is open to students from the Maple League (Mount Allison, St. Francis Xavier, Acadia, and Bishop’s). 

However, it is also open to staff, alumni, and faculty from any of these universities as well!


  • What are the dates for this year’s event?

June 24-29, 2024


  • How much does it cost?

Students for credit: $750*


Students of Life: $1500

*Neither travel nor tuition is included. Please note that students must pay tuition through the Business Office:


  • Where will we be staying?

We have reserved a series of flats in the historic Bentley Innin downtown Stratford (around the corner from the Stratford City Hall, in the heart of the restaurant and shopping district, and a 3min walk to the Avon Theatre). All apartments have full kitchen facilities and provide linens, towels, coffee, tea, and other amenities. 


  • How will we get there?

Since many people are coming from across Canada and the US, participants are encouraged to get to Stratford on their own. We will provide students in need transportation between Sherbrooke and Stratford with subsidized shared travel as needed.


  • How do I register?

You can pay by cheque or credit card.


Cheques can be made payable to: Bishop’s University, att: Shakesperience.


Mailing Address:

ATT: Dr. Jessica Riddell

Bishop’s University

2600 rue College

Sherbrooke, QC J1M 1Z7


If you wish to pay by credit card, please follow this link:


  • When is the deadline to register?

April 10, 2024


  • I’m coming from another school other than Bishop’s University. What is the process for applying and registering?

All instructions can be found if you follow this link:


  • Do we have to take Shakesperience as a class?

No, anyone from the Maple League schools can participate, even if you are not a student. You can come just for the experience!


  • Who will be leading us throughout this experience?

This year, Shakesperience will be taught by  3M National Teaching Fellow and Shakespearean Dr. Jessica Riddell (Bishop’s University) and Dr. Lisa Dickson (UNBC) and Dr. Shannon Murray (UPEI)


  • What plays are included this year?


Romeo & Juliet

Twelfth Night

Something Rotten

La Cage aux Folles


  • What workshops are included this year?

You will learn a song and dance, learn stage combat and participate in other workshops throughout the course


  • What tours are included this year?

The Festival Theatre

The Costume Warehouses

Tom Patterson Theatre


  • Who will we have the opportunity to meet with?

Directors, actors, costume designers, dramaturges, education associates, social media coordinators, academic directors, and more!

If you have any other questions, feel free to email the course's project manager Loch Baillie at

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