Bard for Life

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

Get up on your feet and play Shakespeare with Bard for Life. In these weekly evening workshops, you’ll be part of a small group of adults exploring Shakespeare as actors do, in a supportive atmosphere, aided and abetted by the folks at Bard on the Beach. Here’s your chance to bring Shakespeare’s words to life and into your life – no experience necessary! Think of it as the Young-at-Heart Shakespeareans, and give yourself permission to play.

Bard for Life: Fall Fling!

Four individual sessions, each covering a different acting skill.
$40/session, or $130 for the series of 4
To register for all 4 sessions in the series for $130, click here.

Play On!
Wednesday, October 4, 6:30pm – 9pm
Although we often refer to the works of Shakespeare, it’s his plays that we cherish. In this session, we bring play back into our exploration of Shakespeare’s texts, sparking discovery, fostering connections and inspiring creativity and joy, Bard Education Director Mary Hartman brings breadth of knowledge, depth of insight and infectious enthusiasm to this session designed for novices and regular participants alike. Register Now
Speak Up, Speak Out
Wednesday, October 11, 6:30pm – 9pm
Renowned local voice teacher and Bard on the Beach’s Head of Coaching, Alison Matthews will lead participants in exercises that nurture connection, engage support, build resonance and expand range in the spoken voice. Everyone can benefit from connecting with their voice and being heard. Register Now
Movement for Every Body
Wednesday, October 18, 6:30pm – 9pm
The way we sit, the way we stand and the way we move speak volumes, and are essential elements in the actor’s craft. Through exercises easily adapted to various ranges of mobility, Bard’s Movement Coach and Dance Theatre Artist Tara Cheyenne-Friedenberg will lead participants in exploring physical awareness, intention and communication in a playful atmosphere. Register Now
Mark the Music
Wednesday, October 25, 6:30pm – 9pm
Shakespeare’s plays are full of music, as characters often play instruments, sing songs or even simply hear ‘heavenly music’. Join Anton Lipovetsky (The Merry Wives of WindsorRomeo & JulietCymbelineEquivocation) in exploring how we can make music together to enhance the story — no experience necessary! Register Now


Bard for Life: Winter Will

A progressive series of sessions in which participants explore and rehearse an abridged version of a Shakespeare play, supported by members of the Bard Company. $255 for all 10 sessions.

Wednesday evenings, January 10 – March 14, 6:30pm – 9pm Register Now


Bard for Life Bursary Information

Bursaries for Bard for Life Workshops are prioritized according to financial need; limited funds are available, and application does not guarantee assistance.

The completion of the Bursary Application Form does not register you for a workshop.

Bursary applications are held in confidence, and complete information is accessible only to the Education Registrar. The Bursary Committee will review materials with the applicants’ names removed and will determine awards based entirely on demonstrated financial need and the availability of bursary funds.

Bursary applicants need to provide the following documents:

Please submit these documents by email to, or mailed attn: Bursary Administrator, Bard on the Beach, 201-162 West 1st Ave, Vancouver, BC V5Y 0H6.

You will be notified of results via email.