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Research Mentor and Department
Jami Ake, The Interdisciplinary Project in the Humanities
The Stratford Shakespeare Festival, founded in 1953, has gradually come to serve as Canada’s de facto national theatre. Drawing from the most prestigious actors in Canada, many of whom are or will become household names, Stratford runs each summer a number of plays, many of which center on its namesake: William Shakespeare. Dozens of streets named after his characters jut across the city, as restaurants and hotels framed with Shakespearean puns dot the view. Many other buildings bear names such as The King’s This, or The Queen’s That, a testament to the lasting imperial influence underlying Canadian daily life.