Young Shakespeareans Workshops

For over twenty years our Young Shakespeareans Workshops have inspired, nurtured, and encouraged the dreams of children and teens from ages eight to eighteen. Professional actors from our company help participants bring Shakespeare’s words to life through coaching in voice, movement and dialogue, and with activities designed to boost confidence and foster collaborative relationships. We want our Young Shakespeareans to gain ease with the language, passion for the text and friendships that last long beyond the workshop.

Young Shakespeareans Fall Fling!

One-day workshops for children and teens at the BMO Theatre Centre, 162 West 1st Avenue

Junior Workshops for students in grades 4-7
9:30am – 12:30pm
$45/workshop

October 15: Shakespeare Shake-Up
Warm-up, shake out and play Shakespeare in this lively, active introduction to text to a range of comedies, histories and tragedies. In just three hours, you’ll create exciting group performances of some of Shakespeare’s most memorable text.

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October 22: Shakespeare Show-Down
This workshop’s all about conflict, from comic misunderstandings to all-out war. How do Shakespeare’s characters use language to disagree, and what happens when language fails? You’ll learn a safe stage-fighting technique and then perform it in the context of a scene from Shakespeare.

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October 29: Spooky Shakespeare
Just in time for Halloween, we look at the witches, ghosts and other supernatural creatures that appear in Shakespeare’s plays. With the help of Bard’s teaching artists, you’ll create group performances of some of Shakespeare’s scary and magical scenes.

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Senior Workshops for students in grades 8-12
1 - 5pm
$55/workshop

October 15: Will Power
Discover speeches and scenes you’ve never seen before as well as old favourites, and find yourself in Shakespeare’s words. Using voice work, movement, acting exercises and group collaboration, participants will create their own unique pieces of theatre.

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October 22: Stage Combat
With the support of Bard’s teaching artists, explore conflict, both through the text and when words fail. The workshop will include the introduction of simple, safe stage combat techniques that will be incorporated into short Shakespeare scenes.

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October 29: Supernatural Shakespeare
Shakespeare’s got plenty of magic, from witches and ghosts to spells and spirits. Discover the magic through active, imaginative scene exploration with your fellow Young Shakespeareans.

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Young Shakespeareans Winter Will

Saturday workshops for children and teens at the BMO Theatre Centre, 162 West 1st Avenue

Junior Workshop for students in grades 4-7
Saturdays, January 14 – March 4 (no session February 11)
9:30am – 12:30pm
$245

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In this progressive workshop, you’ll get a chance to work deeply on selected speeches from a variety of Shakespeare’s plays, with guidance from Bard’s teaching artists. Using voice, movement, acting techniques and collaboration, the exploration will involve both individual and group work, and will culminate in an informal presentation on the final day.

Senior Workshop for students in grades 8-12
Saturdays, January 14 – March 4 (no session February 11)
1 – 5pm
$305

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Spend each Saturday afternoon delving more deeply into some of Shakespeare’s most powerful and compelling speeches. Sessions will build skills in voice, movement, text work, acting techniques and collaboration as you make personal connections to Shakespeare’s words. The final day will include an informal presentation for families and friends.

Young Shakespeareans Spring Break


Full-day workshops for children and teens at the BMO Theatre Centre, 162 West 1st Avenue

Junior Workshop for students in grades 4-7
Monday - Friday, March 13 – 17
9:30am – 3:00pm
$320

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Senior Workshop for students in grades 8-12
Monday - Friday, March 13 – 17
9:30am – 5:00pm
$410

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BURSARIES

Bursaries are available for these sessions, based on financial need. Click here for more information and to download the application.

If you have any questions about Young Shakespeareans Workshops, please contact Alison Knight, Education Assistant, at ysw@bardonthebeach.org or 604-737-0625 ext. 275.  

Young Shakespeareans Workshops generously supported by