Bard Studio

Bard Studio provides free drop-in training for theatre professionals. In winter 2020 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.

2020 Winter Schedule

MONDAY, JANUARY 20, 2020

Time: 10:00am – 1:00pm

Facilitator: Jeff Gladstone, Bard Acting Company

Monologue Workout with Impro Power!

Jeff Gladstone will draw from his 20 years experience in Improvisation to breath some spontaneity and fun into your audition pieces. Using techniques such as tilts, turning points, status transitions & advancing, discover new ways to surprise yourself in your work.

This class is open to professionals with at least one or two professional credits.

Prepare a monologue, scene or audition piece.

Time: 1:30pm – 3:30pm

Facilitator: Mary Hartman, Bard’s Director of Education

Speaking Shakespeare: The Basics for Beginners

In this session, Bard Education Director Mary Hartman will take you through the basics of making sense of Shakespeare. We’ll uncover meaning, untangle syntax, reveal the structure and explore the music of a speech, all using strategies that you can apply on your own in the future, as you make your text your own. This class is ideal for actors new to Shakespeare, but is open to anyone who wants tools for finding clarity and accessing meaning.

This class is open to professionals with any level of experience.

MONDAY, JANUARY 27, 2020

Time: 10:00am – 1:00pm

Facilitator: Jeff Gladstone, Bard Acting Company

Status in Shakespeare: Comedy of Errors 

The Master/Servant dynamic is core to many relationships in Shakespeare’s plays, in particular the Commedia del Arte inspired Comedy of Errors. Using short scenes from this text as our playground, we will use the Impro technique of Status to unlock spontaneous comic potential. This playful workshop will give you tools to imbue any status relationships on stage with detail, realism, immediacy and play!

It’s not necessary to be familiar with the play Comedy of Errors to enjoy this workshop.

This class is open to professionals with at least one or two professional credits.

Please wear clothes you can move in.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2020

Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm

Facilitator: Moya O’Connell, Bard Acting Company

Approaching the text – A Foundation

This workshop will give you a toolbox of tips and techniques when approaching a piece of Shakespearean text. Starting with the form we will step through foundational approaches to the text. This workshop can be useful to actors wishing to brush up on their Shakespeare or anyone wanting to learn a bit more about the craft of approaching the text.

This class is open to professionals with any level of experience.

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

Time: 12:30pm – 2:00pm

Facilitator: Scott Bellis, Bard’s Artistic Associate

The Actor & the Text: Hitting the Target

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 dynamic and effective approaches to exploring structure, defining intention, and speaking the text with authenticity and clarity.

This class is open to professionals with at least one or two professional credits.

Prepare a monologue (maximum length 25 lines).

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2020

Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm

Facilitator: Moya O’Connell, Bard Acting Company

Exploring Character and Psychology in Shakespeare

This workshop will explore how to uncover character and Psychology in some of Shakespeare’s most famous characters using the text. How can you use the form to get you closer to the heartbeat of the character? The two are always intrinsically linked in Shakespeare.

This class is open to professionals with at least one or two professional credits or some professional training.

Prerequisite experience not required but a basic knowledge of Shakespeare is helpful. Be ready to move and speak. Text will be supplied.

Time: 12:30pm – 2:30pm

Facilitator: Scott Bellis, Bard’s Artistic Associate

The Actor & the Text: Physical Approaches to Shakespeare

Tap into your kinesthetic intelligence and awaken your impulses through physical approaches to Shakespeare’s text with Vancouver actor, director and Bard Artistic Associate Scott Bellis.

This class is open to professionals with at least one or two professional credits.

Prepare 6 to 8 lines of text and bring a hard copy to class. Wear comfortable clothes you can move in and comfortable shoes.

Time: 3:00pm – 5:00pm

Facilitator: Mary Hartman, Bard’s Director of Education

The Way of the Teaching Artist: How Play Changes Everything

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.

This class is open to professionals with any level of experience.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2020

Time: 12:30pm – 2:30pm

Facilitator: Mary Hartman, Bard’s Director of Education

The Way of the Teaching Artist: Directing by Asking Questions

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.

This class is open to professionals with any level of experience.

Time: 3:00pm – 5:00pm

Facilitator:Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg, Bard Movement Coach

Embodying Text and Character Through Physical Practice or “Moving like you mean it”

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. Each class will be slightly different to offer many tools and approaches. No dance experience necessary!

This class is open to professionals with any level of experience.

Wear comfortable stretchy clothing (sweat pants, t-shirt, socks you don’t mind dancing/moving in). Water bottle.

MONDAY, MARCH 2, 2020

Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm

Facilitator: Jennifer Lines, Artistic Associate, Bard on the Beach

Lines on Lines: Owning the text

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!

This class is open to professionals with at least one or two professional credits.

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

Time: 12:30pm – 2:30pm

Facilitator: Scott Bellis, Bard’s Artistic Associate

The Actor & the Text: Hitting the Target

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 dynamic and effective approaches to exploring structure, defining intention, and speaking the text with authenticity and clarity.

This class is open to professionals with at least one or two professional credits.

Prepare a monologue (maximum length 25 lines).

Time: 3:00pm – 5:00pm

Facilitator: Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg, Bard Movement Coach

Embodying Text and Character Through Physical Practice or “Moving like you mean it”

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. Each class will be slightly different to offer many tools and approaches. No dance experience necessary!

This class is open to professionals with any level of experience.

Wear comfortable stretchy clothing (sweat pants, t-shirt, socks you don’t mind dancing/moving in). Water bottle.

MONDAY, MARCH 9, 2020

Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm

Facilitator: Jennifer Lines, Artistic Associate, Bard on the Beach

Lines on Lines: Owning the text

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!

This class is open to professionals with at least one or two professional credits.

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

Time: 12:30pm – 2:30pm

Facilitator: Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg, Bard Movement Coach

Embodying Text and Character Through Physical Practice or “Moving like you mean it”

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. Each class will be slightly different to offer many tools and approaches. No dance experience necessary!

This class is open to professionals with any level of experience.

Wear comfortable stretchy clothing (sweat pants, t-shirt, socks you don’t mind dancing/moving in). Water bottle.

The schedule above is subject to change.

Application

Bard Studio sessions are free. Spaces are limited.

Checklist
  1. Create your patron login.
  2. Enter payment info in your account. Hint: We are not able to consider your application if the first two steps are not completed. *please see Cancellations for more details
  3. Fill in the Bard Studio Winter Application by December 1, 2019.
    **We will confirm your workshops via the email you provided by December 11**

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED

2020 Winter Cancellation Deadlines:
Please call Rhea Shroff, Company & Education Manager at 604.737.0625 ext. 222 if you need to cancel your workshop by the deadlines below. There is a $20 fee that will be applied if you are absent without notifying us by the deadlines below (see Cancellation Policy for more information).

Workshop Date Cancellation Deadline
Mon, January 20, 2020 Wed, January 15 at noon
Mon, January 27, 2020 Wed, January 22 at noon
Mon, February 3, 2020 Wed, January 29 at noon
Mon, February 10, 2020 Wed, February 5 at noon
Mon, February 24, 2020 Wed, February 19 at noon
Mon, March 2, 2020 Wed, February 26 at noon
Mon, March 9, 2020 Wed, March 4 at noon

 

Policies

Cancellation Policy 

Due to the popularity and limited capacity of these free 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 Rhea Shroff, Company & Education Manager at 604.737.0625 ext. 222 by the deadlines below.

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.

2020 Winter Cancellation Deadlines

Workshop Date Cancellation Deadline
Mon, January 20, 2020 Wed, January 15 at noon
Mon, January 27, 2020 Wed, January 22 at noon
Mon, February 3, 2020 Wed, January 29 at noon
Mon, February 10, 2020 Wed, February 5 at noon
Mon, February 24, 2020 Wed, February 19 at noon
Mon, March 2, 2020 Wed, February 26 at noon
Mon, March 9, 2020 Wed, March 4 at noon