Bard Studio

Bard Studio provides free drop-in training for theatre professionals at any stage in their career. Artists lead ground-breaking workshops and classes that share insights garnered over years of professional experience, both at Bard and beyond.

All sessions during COVID-19 will be online.



When: Monday April 19, 2021, Monday April 26, 2021 and Monday, May 3, 2021 | 7pm to 8:30pm

Facilitators: Meg Roe, Christine Quintana, AJ Simmons and Arthi Chandra

Cost: $300 FREE Thanks to the generosity of our donors

Shakespeare’s plays are supposedly “for all time” – but modern artists and audiences are challenging the canon in new and exciting ways. In this session, we explore how variations on interpretation, casting, staging, and interpolation of Shakespeare’s texts can create a conversation between their historical context and the current moment. What does this look like? Subverting power dynamics, challenging classical interpretations of iconic roles, and using our modern points of view to breathe new life into familiar works.

Scenes will be distributed to the participants in advance.


Sessions are free and open to professionals with at least one or two professional credits, or some professional training.

To apply for the Hot Takes Spring 2021 series, you need to commit to attending all three sessions. If you are willing to commit to all three sessions, please submit an application form and upload your current resume below by Friday, March 19.

Applicants will be notified via email by Monday, April 5.

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

Thanks to our generosity of our donors we are able to offer this program at no cost.