Bard Studio

The Bard Studio provides drop-in training for both emerging and established theatre professionals. The Fall 2017 and Winter 2018 series of classes are offered at the BMO Theatre Centre at 162 West 1st Avenue in Vancouver’s Olympic Village neighbourhood.

Registration: Free and on a first come first served basis. There are limited spaces and classes fill up quickly. Registered spots will be released 10 minutes prior to the workshop start time to participants on the waiting list if the registered participant has not yet checked in.

Cancellations: Should you need to cancel, call our Box Office at 604-739-0559 by the Wednesday prior to the workshop date. Box office hours are weekdays 10am to 4pm.

Out of respect for other participants, if you miss more than two classes (either you did not cancel by the Wednesday prior or did not show up on the day of class), we regret we will be unable to offer you another opportunity to participate in Bard Studio for the rest of the current session.

Waiting list: Spaces (if any) will be released every Wednesday/Thursday prior to the upcoming workshop, subject to cancellations received. If a workshop has been indicated as “Sold Out” online, please check back on the website on those days to see if space has become available. A waiting list sign up will also be available on the day of the workshop at the check in table, to fill no-show spots.



The Way of the Teaching Artist: How Play Changes Everything
10am – 2pm
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Theatre games are nothing new, but in this session, we’ll explore the elements of selecting and leading successful theatre games to create an atmosphere where play builds community, inspires communication and unleashes creativity. Led by Mary Hartman, Bard’s Director of Education, this session will give participants the chance to practice both playing and leading.
The Actor & the Text: Monologue Work
12:30 – 2:30pm
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Scott Bellis, Vancouver actor, director and Artistic Associate at Bard on the Beach, will work individually with a small group of actors on their Shakespeare monologues, helping them find the most dynamic and effective approaches to speaking the text.

Prepare a monologue (maximum length 2 minutes).

Voice and Shakespeare’s Words
3 – 5pm
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A well-trained voice is essential to the actor’s craft. Local voice teacher and Bard on the Beach’s Head of Coaching, Alison Matthews, will lead participants in techniques for finding free & supported breath, building resonance and range, and energizing articulation. We will be analyzing some of the “mechanics” of text – sounds, meaning, shape of the thoughts, and clarity of delivery.

Prepare a speech from any Shakespeare play. Wear comfortable clothes for warming up/moving, and bring water.


Speak the Speech
10am – 12pm
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How Hamlet’s sage direction to the players can provide some of the best tools to employ when navigating William’s prose and poetry, both in an audition setting or within a current production. Bring in your latest Shakespearean speech to work with Vancouver actor, director and Bard Associate Artistic Director, Dean Paul Gibson to find out how to lift the text and live in the words you chose with a more personal and potent touch.

Prepare a monologue you would like to work on.

The Way of the Teaching Artist: Directing by Asking Questions
12:30 – 2:30pm
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When working with young actors, it’s easy to assume that the best approach is to tell them everything they need to know: where to stand, when to move, who their character is and what their lines mean. But in an educational context, wouldn’t it be better to help them discover all of this for themselves? In this session, Bard Education Director Mary Hartman will show you how to set up a way of working with student actors that inspires creativity, commitment and ownership; then you’ll have a chance to practice it for yourselves.

Please check back in January 2018 for workshops in March 2018.