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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! Resident Bard Festival Alumni will share their favourite tools and techniques with you, as you explore Shakespeare’s beloved plays and speeches and make discoveries of your own along the way.

Fall 2018: The Speeches

Weekly Sessions
Sept 5- Oct 24; 6:30-9 pm
$215

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This 8-week session dedicated entirely to monologues! In the first two sessions we’ll work as a group on a sample monologue, sharing strategies for uncovering the textual details of a Shakespeare speech. You’ll then be able to apply these techniques as you explore a Shakespeare monologue of your choice.The remaining sessions will involve individual work on your monologues in small rotation groups, coached by members of the Bard Acting Company.

Winter 2019: The Players

Weekly Sessions
Jan 9-Mar 27
$295

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

Spring 2019: The Plays

Bi-Weekly Sessions
April 10, 24, May 9, 23; 6:30-8pm
$15/session or $50 for all 4*

APRIL 10
APRIL 24
MAY 9
MAY 23
This new spring series honours the more academic impulse to investigate and discuss Shakespeare together. Each individual session will focus on a different play from the 2019 Festival season.

*Package discount applied automatically at checkout once all four sessions are in cart.


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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