Bard Studio

Bard Studio provides free drop-in training for theatre professionals. In fall 2019 our faculty of senior artists 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.

2019 Fall Schedule

MONDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2019

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 for professionals with any level of experience.

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

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. No dance experience necessary!

This class is for professionals with any level of experience.

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

Time: 3:00pm – 5:00pm

Facilitator: Jeff Gladstone, Bard Acting Company

Playing with Status 

Shakespeare’s plays are rife with Kings, Queens, Servants both good and bad, low class tyrants, upper class pipsqueaks, and everything in between. This playful workshop will give you tools to imbue your status relationships on stage with detail, realism, variety, impact and play. Unlock the joy of playing a proud servant or a wretched Queen, using the techniques of Improv, with the words of Shakespeare

This class is for professionals with at least one or two professional credits or some professional training

Wear clothes you can move in.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2019

Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm

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. No dance experience necessary!

This class is for professionals with any level of experience.

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

Time: 12:30pm – 2:30pm

Facilitator: Anton Lipovetsky, Bard Acting Company

Singing in a Group

Let’s make a Bard choir! Shakespeare productions are increasingly filled with music, so for actors singing is an asset. Through fun pop songs we’ll go through the basics of rhythm, harmony and dynamics. All levels of experience welcome.

This class is for professionals with any level of experience.

Bring a water bottle.

Time: 3:00pm – 5:00pm

Facilitator: Alana Hawley Purvis, Bard Vocal Coach

Playing Shakespeare’s Language

Seen yet another Shakespeare play where you did not understand the performers at all? This workshop will help the actor to understand the music inherent in Shakespeare’s text and provide tools to bring his thought construction to life. Through a close examination of scansion, classical rhetoric and authentic listening participants will gain a stronger understanding of how to “play” Shakespeare’s words so that an audience can receive them with clarity and heart.

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

Movement clothes required. All text required will be given out during workshop.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2019

Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm

Facilitator: Alana Hawley Purvis, Bard Vocal Coach

Vocal Conditioning for Classical Text

Learn techniques and tools to cultivate a vocal instrument that can rise to the challenge of Shakespearean Text with authenticity and ease. This workshop will explore the demands placed on the voice by classical text (including stamina, projection, clarity, nuance, flexibility and construction of thought) and will help the actor navigate these challenges.

This class is for professionals with any level of experience.

Movement clothes required. All text required will be given out during workshop.

Time: 12:30pm – 2:30pm

Facilitator: Kayvon Khoshkam, Bard Company Member

Comedy in Shakespeare: Fools and Clowns

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.

This class is for professionals with any level of experience.

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.

Time: 3:00pm – 5:00pm

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 for 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.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2019

Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm

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. No dance experience necessary!

This class is for professionals with any level of experience.

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

Time: 12:30pm – 2:30pm

Facilitator: Kayvon Khoshkam, Bard Acting Company

Comedy in Shakespeare: Fools and Clowns

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.

This class is for professionals with any level of experience.

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.

Time: 3:00pm – 5:00pm

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 for 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.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2019

Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm

Facilitator: Colleen Wheeler, Bard Artistic Associate

Soliloquy Relationship with the Audience

With Shakespeare, you’re often called upon to speak directly to the audience, either in a soliloquy or an aside. Speaking to another character in a play is easy enough but how do you connect with a full audience?  In this workshop, we’ll explore that connection and develop the skills to feel comfortable and confident as you gain the trust of your audience and make them your confidante.

This class is for professionals with any level of experience.

Prepare 12 – 14 lines of soliloquy from any Shakespeare play that involves direct address to the audience. Your character can be any age or gender; simply choose text that you’d like to explore. We’ll get active, play the soliloquy and have some fun! (Some plays that have great options include Hamlet, Macbeth, Twelfth Night, Much Ado about Nothing, Julius Caesar, Measure for Measure, etc. If you’re not sure the speech you’ve selected involves direct address to the audience, contact the Bard Education office, and we’ll help).

Time: 3:00pm – 5:00pm

Facilitator: Alana Hawley Purvis, Bard Vocal Coach

The Art of Authenticity in Shakespeare

Why are Shakespeare’s plays still performed centuries later? How do we, as the actor, connect to this heightened style? Using Shakespeare’s text as inspiration, this workshop will encourage the actor to explore a deeper understanding of what it means to practice authenticity and vulnerability with classical text in an audition room and onstage.

This class is for professionals with any level of experience.

Movement clothes are required. Please come with a Shakespearean monologue you are very familiar with.

Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm

Facilitator: Meg Roe, Bard Artistic Associate & Christine Quintana, Bard Lab

Shakespeare: Hot Takes

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.

This class is for professionals with at least one or two professional credits or some professional training. In order to apply for this workshop you would need to be able to attend, both, this one on December 2 and the next one on December 9.

Scenes will be distributed to the participants in advance.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2019

Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm

Facilitator: Colleen Wheeler, Bard Artistic Associate

Soliloquy Relationship with the Audience

With Shakespeare, you’re often called upon to speak directly to the audience, either in a soliloquy or an aside. Speaking to another character in a play is easy enough but how do you connect with a full audience?  In this workshop, we’ll explore that connection and develop the skills to feel comfortable and confident as you gain the trust of your audience and make them your confidante.

This class is for professionals with any level of experience.

Prepare 12 – 14 lines of soliloquy from any Shakespeare play that involves direct address to the audience. Your character can be any age or gender; simply choose text that you’d like to explore. We’ll get active, play the soliloquy and have some fun! (Some plays that have great options include Hamlet, Macbeth, Twelfth Night, Much Ado about Nothing, Julius Caesar, Measure for Measure, etc. If you’re not sure the speech you’ve selected involves direct address to the audience, contact the Bard Education office, and we’ll help).

Time: 12:30pm – 2:30pm

Facilitator: Anton Lipovetsky, Bard Acting Company

Singing in a Group

Let’s make a Bard choir! Shakespeare productions are increasingly filled with music, so for actors singing is an asset. Through fun pop songs we’ll go through the basics of rhythm, harmony and dynamics. All levels of experience welcome.

This class is for professionals with any level of experience.

Bring a water bottle.

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. No dance experience necessary!

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

Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm

Facilitator: Meg Roe, Bard Artistic Associate & Christine Quintana, Bard Lab

Shakespeare: Hot Takes

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.

This class is for professionals with at least one or two professional credits or some professional training. In order to apply for this workshop you would need to be able to attend, both, this one on December 9 and the previous one on December 2.

Scenes will be distributed to the participants in advance. 

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 Fall Application by Wednesday, October 9.
    **We will confirm your workshops via the email you provided by October 16**

2019 Fall 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).

APPLICATIONS NOW CLOSED

Workshop Date Cancellation Deadline
Monday, October 28 Wednesday, October 23 at noon
Monday, November 4 Wednesday, October 30 at noon
Monday, November 18 Wednesday, November 13 at noon
Monday, November 25 Wednesday, November 20 at noon
Monday, December 2 Wednesday, November 27 at noon
Monday, December 9 Wednesday, December 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.

Workshop Date Cancellation Deadline
Monday, October 28 Wednesday, October 23 at noon
Monday, November 4 Wednesday, October 30 at noon
Monday, November 18 Wednesday, November 13 at noon
Monday, November 25 Wednesday, November 20 at noon
Monday, December 2 Wednesday, November 27 at noon
Monday, December 9 Wednesday, December 4 at noon