Bard for Life

“Rouse up thy youthful blood, be valiant and live!”
Richard II

Give yourself permission to play! In these weekly evening workshops, you’ll join other adults who dream of bringing Shakespeare’s words to life– no experience necessary! Current and past Bard actors will work with you and share their favourite tools and techniques, as you explore Shakespeare’s beloved plays and speeches and make discoveries of your own along the way.

If you have any questions, please contact our Education Coordinator, Katie Johnstone, by email or phone at ext. 262.

NOW OPEN for registration

Fall 2019: The Speeches

Weekly Sessions
Oct 2 – Dec 4; Wednesdays from 6:30-9pm

We have planned a 10-week session dedicated entirely to monologues! The first two sessions will offer specific strategies for uncovering the textual details of a Shakespeare speech. The remaining sessions will involve individual work on your monologues in small rotation groups, coached by members of the Bard acting company.

Winter 2020: The Players

Weekly Sessions
Jan 8 – Mar 25; Wednesdays from 6:30-9pm

In this 12-week session, the Bard for Life ensemble will explore, rehearse and perform an abridged Shakespeare play. There will be an emphasis on discovery, collaboration and play as participants assume a role and take the stage together.

Spring 2020: The Plays

Bi-Weekly Sessions on Wednesdays from 6:30-8pm

$15/session or $50 for all four sessions

April 8Henry V with Lois Anderson (Director) REGISTER
April 22 A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Scott Bellis (Director) REGISTER
May 6Paradise Lost with Anita Rochon (Director) REGISTER
May 20Love’s Labour’s Lost with Guest Speaker REGISTER
This new spring series honours the impulse to investigate and discuss Shakespeare together. Each individual session will focus on a different play from the 2020 Festival season.

Bard for Life Bursary Information

Established in 2009 by the Bard Volunteers, the fund helps individuals, families, schools and organizations overcome financial barriers to participation in our programs.

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