Bard in the Classroom

Bring Shakespeare’s words to life and into the lives of your students with Bard Education. Active, engaging, and energetic, Bard in the Classroom gives students first-hand experience in the art of playing Shakespeare.

And teachers, for your own first-hand experience of playing Shakespeare in the classroom click here for Bard in the Classroom: Professional Development for School Teachers.

Shakespeare: In Action 

The ideal way to support your Shakespeare unit, these workshops give students the chance to play Shakespeare with our professional teaching artists through the use of voice, movement, and acting exercises. Workshops can focus on the story, the imagery or the language (or a combination of all three) in a particular play, or provide a general introduction to Shakespeare. They can be up to 90 minutes long.

When do these workshops take place?

Our Shakespeare: In Action workshops are available year-round. Please submit your workshop request at least 3 weeks in advance of the date you’re hoping to host the workshop. The earlier you submit your request, the more likely it is that we’ll be able to fulfill it.

How many students can participate?

  • Up to 30 students per workshop
  • $220 per workshop + travel or $580 for three workshops

“This program is an absolute must! I saw children come out of their shells and excel in ways I never dreamed possible. The instructor was so skilled in both motivating and guiding the children through this amazing opportunity.” Teacher, Brooksbank Elementary

To book a Shakespeare: In Action workshop please fill in this form. After submitting your request, our Education Coordinator will get in touch to confirm your booking. If you have any questions, please contact Katie Johnstone at kjohnstone@bardonthebeach.org.


A Shakesperience

Schools and Community Tour

This program brings Shakespeare’s plays, language, and characters to life! Gather your students for 45 minutes of our favourite Shakespeare speeches and scenes presented by our Riotous Youth Ensemble, who have been inspired by the question: Why Shakespeare, and why now?

Round out the hour with a 2-way, interactive follow-up Q&A!

“I love how the actors can get even the shyest students moving about, interpreting lines and having fun with scenes. The actors are experts at bringing some key scenes to life and telling abridged plots/stories through their interpretations of lines and action. I highly recommend this program to any school!” Nicole Hoskin, Don Ross Middle School

2019 Schools Tour 
When: May 27- June 14, Monday to Friday.
Where: In your school! Our small Ensemble can present A Shakesperience anywhere that accommodates the group of students attending. HOWEVER, please no gymnasiums, as the Ensemble won’t use microphones.
How many students: Up to 150 per presentation *
Cost: $250 FREE in 2019!
Booking: Complete this form.
After submitting your request, our Education Coordinator will get in touch. If you have any questions, please contact Katie Johnstone at kjohnstone@bardonthebeach.org.

** Our limit is two presentations per day, and our artists require a break of at least 30 minutes in between.

2019 Community Tour 
When: July 2019
Where: On your site! Our small Ensemble can present A Shakesperience anywhere that accommodates the group attending. HOWEVER, we will need to work with you to find the best indoor or outdoor location, since the Ensemble won’t be using microphones.
How many students: Up to 100 per presentation *
Cost: FREE
Booking: Complete this form.
After submitting your request, our Education Coordinator will get in touch. If you have any questions, please contact Katie Johnstone at kjohnstone@bardonthebeach.org.

** Our limit is two presentations per day, and our artists require a break of at least 30 minutes in between.

Click here to take a look at the ways in which Bard Education can be embedded within the new BC Curriculum to enhance your students’ learning.


Bard in the Classroom is generously supported by
Shakesperience Schools Tour is generously supported by