The Stratford Festival Student Advisory Committee (SAC), Teacher Advisory Committee (TAC) and Teaching Artist Advisory Committees (TAAC) support the development of the theatre's educational programming.
Favourite Subject/Part of School: EnglishFavourite Theatre Show:The Last Five YearsWhat excites you most about the Stratford Festival? Their diversity of perspectives and their unique productions.
Favourite Subject/Part of School: English and TheatreFavourite Theatre Show:A Chorus LineWhat excites you most about the Stratford Festival? The magical atmosphere the Festival creates.
Carla Bennett (she/her) is a Filipina/English choreographer, actor, dancer and educator based in Toronto. Over the past 25 years her credits as a performer and creative team member span the entertainment industry including live theatre, film, television and music.
Currently, Carla is a member of the choreography team for the AppleTV series SEE. Her choreography can also be seen in A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Adventures of Pericles (Stratford), FXX series Man Seeking Woman, associate choreography in feature film Pacific Rim (dir. Guillermo del Toro) and assistant choreography in Degrassi: Next Class and the Emmy Award winning film Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas.
Carla was a member of the 2020 Stratford season appearing in Spamalot and Wendy and Peter. Her other theatre credits include Carousel, The Adventures of Pericles, Crazy for You, A Midsummer Night's Dream, 42nd Street, Much Ado About Nothing, West Side Story, A Funny…. Forum, Guys and Dolls, Anything Goes, The King and I (Stratford), Holiday Inn (Shaw), Return to Grace, A Funny… Forum (Mirvish), and multiple seasons at Drayton Entertainment, Theatre Aquarius and Neptune Theatre. Selected film and television credits: Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, The Next Step, State Like Sleep, Warehouse 13, Hellcats, Slings and Arrows, and Honey.
CynthiaJimenez-Hicks (she/her) is a Filipino-Canadian theatre artist from Amiskwaciwâskahikan (Edmonton). Cynthia grew up performing and choreographing for the Philippine Barangay Performing Arts Society. These days Cynthia primarily works as an actor and theatre maker. She has dedicated much of her career to developing new Canadian theatre with companies such as fu-GEN Asian Canadian Theatre, Carousel Players, YPT, Stratford Festival, Studio 180, Bad Hats, Shakespeare in the Ruff, Nightwood and Factory. A graduate of NTS, her performing highlights include: The Candidate, The Party, A Christmas Carol (Citadel), This London Life (Grand), Girls Like That (Tarragon), Boys Girls and Other Mythological Creatures (Carousel Players), Barbelle Series (KindaTV), Hudson & Rex (CityTV). Cynthia often works as an educator and facilitator with companies such as Stratford Festival, Paprika, MacEwan University, and Artstrek. Tune to A is Cynthia's new play co-created with Carly Neis and Cameron Kneteman. Tune to A aims to shine a spotlight on allyship and disability representation in the entertainment industry. www.cynthiajimenezhicks.com