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.
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
Bard in the Classroom: Professional Development for School Teachers
Transform your classroom practice with interactive and playful Professional Development workshops for teachers
Student Group Bookings
Deeply discounted tickets to festival performances for students and their teachers
Bard Youth Fest
Bring young people together to embark on a creative journey, and work on a short Shakespearean performance. Join others and perform at the Bard Youth Fest finale.
Free drop-in classes for emerging and established theatre professionals
Directing Apprentice Program
Early career training, mentorship and experience for theatre directors
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
- Suzanne Bolton and Jefferson Mooney in support of Bard in Your Neighbourhood
- The Richardson Family
- The Beech Foundation
- The Edith Lando Charitable Foundation
- John Hardie Mitchell Family Foundation
- The Hamber Foundation