Bard Education

The Mission of Bard Education is to inspire our community through dynamic, engaging experiences with the language, characters and plays of William Shakespeare.

We welcome everyone to play Shakespeare with us through programs for the Community, for Schools and for Theatre Professionals.


Young Shakespeareans
Year-round programs for children and teens led by professional theatre artists

Bard for Life
Recreational workshops and classes for grown-up Shakespeare enthusiasts

Bard in Your Neighbourhood
Community partnerships bringing free programming to children and youth


Bard in the Classroom
Active, participatory Shakespeare workshops for students led by professional theatre artists

Student Group Bookings
Deeply discounted tickets to festival performances for students and their teachers

Bard Unbound
Professional development workshops for classroom teachers


Bard Studio
Free drop-in classes for emerging and established theatre professionals

Directing Apprentice Program
Early career training, mentorship and experience for theatre directors

Riotous Youth
Paid post-secondary internships with training, mentorship and experience in Shakespeare performance, teaching artistry, leadership and public speaking

The Bard Education Bursary Fund
Established in 2009 by the Bard Volunteers, the fund helps individuals, families, schools, and organizations overcome financial barriers to participation in our programs. Nearly $20,000 is raised and distributed annually.


Bard Education programs generously supported by:

  • Susanne Bolton and Jefferson Mooney in support of the Bard in Your Neighbourhood program at the Boys and Girls Clubs of South Coast BC
  • The Richardson Family
  • Anako Foundation
  • Edith Lando Charitable Foundation
  • The Hamber Foundation
  • John Hardie Mitchell Family Foundation