The Directors Lab is geared towards emerging directors looking to develop their craft. Participants receive mentorship from a professional theatre company and participate in masterclasses with professional directors which are tailored to their interests to allow for experimentation with new directorial approaches and practices.

This program is presented with support from The Stratford Festival as the Lead Directors Lab Partner.

Philip Geller


Philip Geller (he/they) is a Jewish (Ashkenazi) and Métis-Michif with roots to Rooster Town and the establishment of the Red River Settlement. They are a theatre/performance artist, scholar, and educator. He is focused on decolonizing and indigenizing his process by listening to and dialoguing with ancestral and cultural knowledge. They have worked across Turtle Island as a director, actor, producer, devisor, clown, and educator with organizations including Buddies in Bad Times, Centre for Indigenous Theatre, Native Earth Performing Arts, Gwaandak Theatre, and Stratford Festival. They hold a BFA in Acting (University of Alberta) and MFA in Directing (York University).