Bard for Life

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! Explore Shakespeare’s plays, guided by professional actors, and delight in the discoveries made by you and your playfellows. For adults 19+.

Session Registration


TO REGISTER: Select the sessions you wish to attend from the schedule below. Registration is $20/session OR $98 for all seven (7) sessions. The discount will automatically apply when all seven (7) sessions are added to your cart. Questions? Please email our Education Assistant, Santana Berryman, at
Session Description REGISTER
Playing Shakespeare

With Mary Hartman

October 19 | 7-9pm 


Although they’re often referred to as works, Shakespeare wrote plays. In this session, we’ll discover how play awakens creativity and illuminates ideas. All are welcome to join in the playful, non-threatening fun! 

Movement for Every Body 

With Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg

October 26 | 7-9pm 


Join Bard choreographer Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg and find playful and satisfying ways to tap into the power of expression through gesture, movement, motion and “dancing” in a safe, ‘nobody is watching’ sort of way. Text will serve as a doorway into the power of every body to find deeper meaning and understanding.  SESSION COMPLETE
Mark my words: Making Shakespeare’s Text Your Own 

With Mary Hartman & Jennifer Lines

November 2 | 7-9pm 


This session will give participants a series of tools for exploring the various features in Shakespeare’s language to unlock sense, uncover personal meaning, and unleash creativity.  SESSION COMPLETE
Ourselves be seen: Simplicity and truth in acting

With Moya O’Connell

November 9 | 7-9pm 


One of the biggest challenges of any theatre artist is connecting in a truthful, authentic way. This workshop is designed to gently allow actors to reconnect to impulse and find connection without presentation. Using breath exercises, improvisations, and selected text we will work towards simplicity and truth.  SESSION COMPLETE
Lend me your ears: Shakespeare’s art of persuasion 

With Mary Hartman

November 16 | 7-9pm 


Shakespeare’s education, and therefore his plays, are steeped in rhetoric. In this session we’ll explore the myriad linguistic techniques Shakespeare’s characters use to delight, beguile, and persuade to get what they want.  SESSION COMPLETE
Worthy voices: Voicing Shakespeare

With Alana Hawley Purvis

November 23 | 7-9pm 


Join Bard vocal coach Alana Hawley-Purvis as she shares vocal exercises to support presence, connection, and resonance. Gain valuable tools, not only for playing Shakespeare, but for any spoken communication.  SESSION COMPLETE
Working Together as an Ensemble

With Scott Bellis

November 30 | 7-9pm 


How do actors offer their ideas, insights, and inspiration to the stage while making room for others’ contributions? How do we find chemistry and support collaboration? Bard mainstay Scott Bellis brings his vast experience as an actor and director to share some strategies for supporting a productive and joyful creative process.  SESSION COMPLETE

WINTER 2023: Bard for Life Ensemble

January 18 – March 29 | 6:30- 9:30pm

With Mary Hartman & Santana Berryman

Every Wednesday evening, participants collaborate to prepare an abridged play for an informal performance. 



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.