Canada Shakespeare Summer Trip

Open to all OC students, the Canada Shakespeare Summer Trip is a ten-day tour through Ontario, Canada, in which professors and students watch and discuss plays by William Shakespeare and George Bernard Shaw at two of the preeminent festival theaters in North America. Students receive course credit for attending the trip, composing a research paper, and discussing the plays over coffee and donuts with professors.



You may receive credit in any one of the following courses for completing the trip:

ENGL 1213     
Composition II
ENGL 2213
Great Works: Perspectives in Literature
COMM 4813
Great Works:  Drama & Arts
COMM 4813
Dramatic Literature
ENGL 4813
Dramatic Literature

You must choose one of these courses. The class may fulfill your general education core requirements for Comm II, Perspectives in Literature, or Fine Arts. It may also count as an elective. 

The reading and writing assignments for the trip depend in part on the course selected. The class will meet twice during the spring term (usually Wednesday at 5:00 pm) in preparation for the summer trip.

All students are required to participate in all lectures, tours, and discussions of the core program components.


Features may include (included in program cost):

Round-trip travel from Oklahoma City to Canada
Local transportation
All play tickets (about 6 plays)
Tour of the Detroit Institute of Art
Tour of the Canadian countryside and culture
Dinner at an Amish restaurant in Ontario
6 performances at the Shakespeare and Shaw Festivals
Trip to Niagara Falls
Tour of the Cleveland Art Museum

**Please note: Passports are now required to re-enter the United States from Canada. You may use either a full passport or the less expensive card style. Please apply for your passport at least four to six months in advance.



2018 tour dates will most likely be in late May. Email or for information and applications.



The cost of the trip is $1500 + summer tuition for a 3-hour course.


Sample Itinerary

Load vans - Travel to Indianapolis
Detroit, MI - Visit the Detroit Institute of Art
Performances in Stratford, Canada
Worship at the Stratford Church of Christ followed by performances at Stratford Festival
Presentations and shopping in Stratford
Presentations and Shakespeare performances
Travel to Niagara Falls
Stratford-on-the-Lake theater tour and Shaw performances
Stage-fighting class
Back to U.S. – Cleveland Art Museum
Back to OC

What Other Students Have Said...

“The trip to Stratford was an amazing trip for anyone that wants to go outside the US and is a chance to earn credit hours for school at the same time. My favorite parts of the trip was getting to see places I had never been to before and experiencing it with wonderful and crazy people too. The trip is a great opportunity and, if possible, it should be taken by any and all who are interested. You will not be disappointed.” ~ Grace Cox


"One of the best and most memorable weeks I had during college." ~ Wes McKinzie

"It went over my expectations!" ~ Kristen Chapman Cumbie

"One of the greatest trips of my life. I made new friends, saw great new places and experienced the absolute best acting." ~ Mitch Warren