Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival

Bard on the Beach is Western Canada’s largest not-for-profit, professional Shakespeare Festival. Presented in a magnificent setting on the waterfront in Vancouver’s Vanier Park, the Festival offers Shakespeare plays, related dramas, and several special events in two performance tents from June through September.

PACT Membership: Regular Membership

PACT Caucuses: Summer Theatres,

PACT Region: 1 – British Columbia

Bard on the Beach was established in 1990 with a mandate to provide Vancouver residents and tourists with affordable, accessible Shakespearean productions of the finest quality.

Mission: To perform, explore and celebrate the genius of William Shakespeare.

Current Season:

Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival’s 30th Season runs from June 5 to Sept 21, 2019 in two modern theatre tents in a spectacular waterfront setting in Vancouver’s Vanier Park.

On the BMO Mainstage, it’s The Taming of the Shrew, inspired by Bard’s 2007 Wild West production, a hilarious runaway hit; it plays in repertory with the Elizabethan-era romantic comedy, Shakespeare in Love. On the Howard Family Stage there are two new innovative productions: Shakespeare’s All’s Well That Ends Well, set in India in the 1940s, and Coriolanus, a no-holds-barred political tragedy filled with resonance for our time.

Contact Information:

Company Information:

  • Senior Staff:

  • Christopher GazeArtistic Director
  • Claire SakakiExecutive Director

Venue Information:

  • Rehersal space: Yes

Rental Information:

  • Venue rental Information:

    Venue rentals: yes
  • Venue rental contact name: Stacey Menzies
  • Venue rental contact title: Operations Manager
  • Venue rental contact email:
  • Other rental Information:

    Other rentals:
    • Costumes
  • Other rental contact name: Amy McDougall
  • Other rental contact title: Head of Wardrobe
  • Other rental contact email:
  • Actors:

    Accept Resumés: yes
  • General auditions: yes
  • General auditions guidelines: Bard on the Beach engages professional artists who are members of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association. General Auditions are held by appointment each year (our deadline for submission for the 2018 Season has passed). Deadlines and submission procedures for next year will be posted here when available.
  • Contact name: Rhea Shroff
  • Contact Title: Company & Education Manager
  • Contact Email: