Bard Studio

Bard Studio provides free* drop-in training for theatre professionals. In winter 2019 our faculty of senior artists will lead ground-breaking workshops and classes that share insights garnered over years of professional experience, both at Bard and beyond. All classes take place at the BMO Theatre Centre.

*There is no charge for classes, however, we will charge $20/class for no-shows and late cancellations. Please see below for details.

2019 Winter Schedule

FEBRUARY 2019

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 25

Fools and Clowns from Shakespeare

10am–1pm
Facilitator: Kayvon Khoshkam, Bard Company Member

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Using comedic monologues specifically focusing on Prose (as opposed to Verse) and the liquidity this style of the text requires, we will explore how Shakespeare’s clowns and fools require contemporary imagination to build jokes and bring the humour to our contemporary times.

Please bring a piece and/or character you would like to develop, either a prepared monologue that involves physical comedy or a bit you’d like to develop.

Exploring Character in Shakespeare’s Text

10:30am–12:30pm
Facilitator: Moya O’Connell, Bard Company Member

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Understanding a playwright’s style and form is one of the most important ways an actor can uncover character. This workshop will share practical tools for understanding language, rhetoric, intent, and relationship and help participants form a personal and critical relationship with Shakespeare’s text.

Text will be provided for participants, so no advance preparation is required.

Activating the Thoughts

1:30pm–3:30pm
Facilitator: Dean Paul Gibson, Bard Artistic Associate

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In Shakespeare’s plays, the characters’ thoughts can be long and complex, presenting unique challenges for the actor. When the actor gets lost or runs out of steam mid-thought, the audience disengages and loses interest. In this workshop, Dean will work with participants to find clarity, purpose and action in each thought, enlivening the speech to hold the audience’s attention.

Please prepare a speech of about 20-30 lines from any Shakespeare play.

MARCH 2019

MONDAY, MARCH 4

Embodying text and character through physical practice

10:30am–12:30pm
Facilitator: Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg, Artistic Director, Tara Cheyenne Performance

Registration opens February 20 at noon
This workshop invites participants to explore how the body supports, contradicts, and expands character research, text, and play. We will use a variety of playful techniques to investigate our unique ways of moving and how we can find ways into text, character and performance invention through the body.

No dance experience necessary!

Activating the Thoughts

10:30pm –12:30pm
Facilitator: Dean Paul Gibson, Bard Artistic Associate

Registration opens February 20 at noon
In Shakespeare’s plays, the characters’ thoughts can be long and complex, presenting unique challenges for the actor. When the actor gets lost or runs out of steam mid-thought, the audience disengages and loses interest. In this workshop, Dean will work with participants to find clarity, purpose and action in each thought, enlivening the speech to hold the audience’s attention.

Please prepare a speech of about 20-30 lines from any Shakespeare play.

Exploring Character in Shakespeare’s Text

1pm –3pm
Facilitator: Moya O’Connell, Bard Company Member

Registration opens February 20 at noon
Understanding a playwright’s style and form is one of the most important ways an actor can uncover character. This workshop will share practical tools for understanding language, rhetoric, intent, and relationship and help participants form a personal and critical relationship with Shakespeare’s text.

Text will be provided for participants, so no advance preparation is required.

 

MONDAY, MARCH 11

Lines on Lines: Owning the Text

12:30am–3pm
Facilitator: Jennifer Lines, Artistic Associate, Bard on the Beach

Registration opens on February 27 at noon
Join Vancouver actor and Bard Artistic Associate Jennifer Lines as she shares some of the tools she has used over the years to unlock text and character to help breathe life into the work, allowing yourself to shine through the text, uniquely owning it as only you can!

Please be prepared with approximately 12-14 lines of Shakespeare’s text (no more than a minute and a half).

The schedules above are subject to change.

Registration

Bard Studio sessions are free and offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Spaces are limited and classes fill up quickly. Registration opens on Wednesdays at noon, 1.5 weeks before the class.

Checklist
  1. Create your patron account if you do not already have one. Hint: do this in advance to save time during registration! 
  2. Enter payment info in your account *please see Cancellations for more details
  3. Register on the Bard Studio web page when registration opens

Policies

Cancellation Policy 

Due to the popularity and capacity of these classes, we have a very strict cancellation policy. All cancellations must be made before noon on the Wednesday prior to the workshop date. There is a $20 fee that will be applied if you are absent without notifying us by the deadline (see below for specific dates). To cancel, please call our Box Office at 604.739.0559.

Why the cancellation fee?

The $20 fee will be directed to the Education Bursary. We want to continue offering this training for free, and to do this we must ensure that the classes will be filled. When someone neglects to notify us that they can’t make it, they are in effect holding the spot from another person and altering the experience of those that do show up. In the spirit of honoring the time of the faculty and the participants, we have put this policy into place. If you cancel by the deadline (see below), you will not be charged.

February Registration and Cancellation Deadlines:

Workshop Dates Registration Opens Cancellation Deadline
Monday, February 4 Wednesday, January 23 at noon Wednesday, January 30 at noon
Monday, February 11 Wednesday, January 30 at noon Wednesday, February 6 at noon
Monday, February 25 Wednesday, February 13 at noon Wednesday, February 20 at noon

March Registration and Cancellation Deadlines:

Workshop Dates Registration Opens Cancellation Deadline
Monday, March 4 Wednesday, February 20 at noon Wednesday, February 27 at noon
Monday, March 11 Wednesday, February 27 at noon Wednesday, March 6 at noon