Summer Camps

“All the world’s a stage”, and it’s yours to take!

Every summer, kids and teens get together and make Shakespeare their own, coached by professional actors! Whether you’re new to Shakespeare or you know the plays by heart, here’s your chance to bring the language to life with YOUR imagination, YOUR big questions, and YOUR voice.

This summer, we have an adventure for everyone! We’re offering a variety of bold new options: there are drop-in/single session camps, multi-session camps, clubs, one-week camps, and “hybrid” camps.

Accessibility is a priority for us, and we continue to work to make Bard as inclusive as possible. We welcome your requests and suggestions.

Learn more about 2021 Summer Camps below, including schedules, registration, and the Teaching Artist team!

If you have any questions about Summer Camps for kids and teens, please email kjohnstone@bardonthebeach.org.

BURSARIES

Families can apply for financial assistance through our Bursary Fund. Established in 2009 by the Bard Volunteers, the fund helps make our programs accessible to all.

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REGISTRATION GUIDE

Follow this checklist to make sure your registration is complete! If a workshop appears to be full, click here to put your name on our waitlist.

  1. Create or login to your patron account
  2. Enter payment info in your account or check that stored payment is correct
  3. Complete your Registration Package (NOTE: for Little Players and Getting to Know… this step is not necessary)
  4. Select Summer Camp from the schedule below and click the PAYMENT button
  5. Check out our Tools & Tips for Digital Camps 

2021 Cancellation Policy

Please email Katie Johnstone if you need to release your spot at least 2 weeks before your session begins. Your registration fee will be refunded, minus a $35 administration fee. If you are absent without notifying us by this deadline, we cannot provide a refund. If you need to cancel because of illness these fees are not applicable, and you will be refunded in full.

Why can’t you refund late cancellations? 
When a registration is cancelled after the deadline, the fee will be directed to the Education Bursary, which allows us to offer free and subsidized programming for our community. This is because a late cancellation or no-show makes it impossible for us to give the reserved spot to another young person on the waiting list and alters the experience of those that do show up. If you notify us that you’re releasing your spot at least two weeks before the session begins (see below for dates), you will not be charged.

SCHEDULE

CAMPS FOR KIDS (scroll for TEEN CAMPS)
SINGLE SESSION CAMPS
LITTLE PLAYERS

Explore Shakespeare through movement, music and play! Improvisation, mime, and storytelling exercises help children develop their imagination and creativity. Children dive into the creative world of theatre, explore the relationship between the body and music, and discover ways of relating to one another in an environment inspired by Shakespeare’s stories, worlds, and characters.

Who: 4-7 year olds

Where: On Zoom

When: Wednesdays from 10am – 10:45am

How much: $15 per session or $50 for all four sessions

Players 1: July 21

PAYMENT

Players 2: July 28

PAYMENT

Players 3: Aug 11

PAYMENT

Players 4: Aug 18

PAYMENT

GETTING TO KNOW…

Shakespeare created more than 1000 different characters—all of them with their own quirks and questions. Join us for these special drop-in sessions, where you get friendly with some of our favourite characters and discover that you can play them all!

Who: 8-12 year olds

Where: On Zoom

When: Wednesdays from 11am – 12noon

How much: $20 per session or $70 for all four sessions

Session 1: July 21

Puck (with Jason Sakaki)

PAYMENT

Session 2: July 28

Juliet (with Matthew Rhodes)

PAYMENT

Session 3: August 11

Hamlet (with Matthew Rhodes)

PAYMENT

Session 4: August 18

The Witches (with Austin Eckert)

PAYMENT

MULTI-DAY CAMPS
PLAY IN A DAY

This bold new camp merges two worlds we’ve been playing in over this last year- the digital and the “distanced” in-person. You’ll spend the first two sessions on Zoom, getting to know your playfellows, your Teaching Artists, and the play. On the third and final session, you’ll come together at the BMO Theatre Centre to create your “Play in a Day”! We’ll embrace improvisation, spontaneity and the unpredictability of this special performance—all to be recorded so you can view after the session with your friends and family.

*Please note, selecting the play will be part of the experience. It will be different for each session! 

Who: 8-12 year olds

Where: Hybrid (on Zoom and at the BMO Theatre Centre in Bard’s rehearsal studios)

When: Monday and Wednesday from 2pm – 4pm on Zoom | Thursday from 10am – 5pm at the BMO Theatre Centre

How much: $325 per session

Sign Up: Registration Package + Payment

Session A: July 26, 28 & 29

PAYMENT

Session B: August 9, 11 & 12

PAYMENT

Session C: August 23, 25 & 26

PAYMENT


CAMPS FOR TEENS (13 to 18 year-olds)
MULTI-DAY CAMPS
PLAY IN A DAY

This bold new camp merges two worlds we’ve been playing in over this last year- the digital and the “distanced” in-person. You’ll spend the first two sessions on Zoom, getting to know your playfellows, your Teaching Artists, and the play. On the third and final session, you’ll come together at the BMO Theatre Centre to create your “Play in a Day”! We’ll embrace improvisation, spontaneity and the unpredictability of this special performance—all to be recorded so you can view after the session with your friends and family.

*Please note, selecting the play will be part of the experience. It will be different for each session! 

Who: 13-18 year olds

Where: Hybrid (on Zoom and at the BMO Theatre Centre in Bard’s rehearsal studios)

When: Tuesday and Thursday from 2pm – 4pm on Zoom | Friday from 10am – 5pm at the BMO Theatre Centre

How much: $325 per session

Sign Up: Registration Package + Payment

Session A: July 27, 29 & 30

PAYMENT

Session B: August 10, 12 & 13

PAYMENT

Session C: August 24, 26 & 27

PAYMENT

DISCOVERY CLUB

Shakespeare resonates differently for everyone. In this new program, teens will discover their personal connections to a piece of text and create their own interpretations of it through performance, visual arts, music, or creative writing. Let your curiosity and interests guide your discoveries and delight in the creations that are shared along the way.

Who: 13-18 year olds

Where: On Zoom

When: July 13, 20, and 27 & August 10, 17 and 24 from 1pm – 3pm

How much: $150

Sign Up: Registration Package + Payment Session

Session A: July 13, 20 & 27

with Moya O’Connell

PAYMENT

Session B: August 10, 17 & 31

with Lindsey Angell

PAYMENT

COVID-19 SAFETY

Keeping our participants, staff, and community safe is Bard Education’s top priority.

2021 HEALTH & SAFETY MEASURES