Become A Member

“Bard belongs to all of us. I invite you to become a Member and join me as we carry this
wonderful Festival into the future.” Christopher Gaze, Artistic Director

Bard Members support much more than the performances seen on our stages, and allow us to inspire thousands of people through our innovative education programs and affordable performances. Each year, support from Membership helps us stage over 200 performances and events welcoming over 100,000 patrons, employ over 250 actors, designers, directors, technicians and administrative staff, inspire over 18,000 students through our education programs, and realize our mission to celebrate the genius of William Shakespeare.

Membership starts at just $50, with increasing benefits at higher levels.

See below to select the Membership level that’s right for you.

Double your impact! Our very own Board of Directors have banded together with some of our visionary donors and promised us $300,000 if we are able to raise another $300,000 from you – our incredible Bard Community. This total of $600,000 would play a huge part in achieving our goal of returning our Festival to the Park in 2021, and offsetting the financial gap we’ll inevitably face in the coming year.

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*Please note donating to the Bard Back on the Beach Matching Campaign is separate from Bard Membership.

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Membership Levels

  • $50 to $149

    As We Like It

    • Tax Receipt
    • Vote at the AGM
    • $5 Member ticket price for Wine Wednesdays
    • 15% off Emelle’s Catering picnics with a special promo code
    • Creative Conversations (Friday, June 26 at 7pm & Saturday, August 22 at 10am)
      Discover fun facts about Bard! Our first Creative Conversation will feature the secrets of wardrobe and costume; and the second will give you a closer look at the construction and deconstruction of Bard’s Site!
    • An Ode to You (Wednesday, October 28 at 6pm)
      Join Artistic Director Christopher Gaze, Executive Director Claire Sakaki, and Bard’s Board President John McCulloch as they give a couple words to thank our Bard Family for supporting us through our most difficult summer yet. A long-time candle tradition and reading by Christopher will also take place, and we would love to have you join us!
  • $150 to $299

    Labour of Love

    • Recognition on the website
    • Dress Rehearsal Chat (Tuesday, July 28 at 3pm)
      Live theatre dress rehearsals allow us to watch a production take shape in real-time. Join our Company Members for a chat on their most interesting experiences during BMO Mainstage dress rehearsals.
  • $300 to $599

    Much Ado

    • Priority access to Bard’s digital content this summer
    • Meet the Artists Panel (Tuesday, July 14 at 7pm)
      Enjoy unique insights and learn more about Bard from select artists at this exclusive digital event.
  • $600 to $999

    Midsummer Magic

    • Dress Rehearsal Chat (Monday, September 21 at 7pm)
      Live theatre dress rehearsals allows us to watch a production take shape in real-time. Join our Company Members for a chat on their most interesting experiences during Howard Family Stage dress rehearsals. 
  • $1,000 to $2,499


    • Benefactors Reception (Thursday, March 5 at 6pm)
    • From Script to Stage (Tuesday, August 4 at 7pm & Monday, September 14 at 7pm)
      Listen to our Acting Company read a scene, and chat about bringing that scene from script to stage.
  • $2,500 to $4,999


    • Toast with Christopher Gaze & Dean Paul Gibson (Thursday, October 22 at 6pm)
      Join Artistic Director Christopher Gaze and Associate Artistic Director Dean Paul Gibson in this unique rendition of our Renaissance Circle Reception for a toast to this strangely wonderful and unique summer we have had. Enjoy a glass of your beverage of choice with us, and walk down memory lane with Christopher and Dean as they share their favourite moments from throughout the years.
  • $5,000 or more

    Artistic Director’s Circle

    • Dinner Beyond the Stage (Friday, August 28 at 6pm)
      Join Artistic Director Christopher Gaze, Executive Director Claire Sakaki, and special guests for a private dinner provided by Emelle’s. Please stay tuned for location details.

Each level receives the benefits of all previous levels. Once you have RSVP’d to an event, further instructions on how to join us will be sent to you the day before the event.

For more information, please contact Alva Tang, Annual Giving and Events Officer at 604.737.0625 ext. 224.


Match Your Membership

Many companies match gifts made by their employees. Check our list of companies with matching programs or ask your human resources or payroll department if your company has a matching donations program.

Your matching gift may qualify you for a higher membership category.

For more information call our Development office at 604.737.0625.

The Renaissance Circle Reception is generously supported by

Renaissance Circle Reception Sponsor