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Bard City runs workshops and intensives for actors and enthusiasts of all experience levels. In-person workshops are available in London and we regularly run online workshops, which are open to anyone from anywhere!


We are here to celebrate and be inspired by the work of William Shakespeare. We believe that the need for his language, stories and his deep understanding of the human experience is needed more than ever.

We are passionate about Shakespeare and believe that no matter your age, class or nationality Shakespeare can and should be for everyone. We believe that for too long Shakespeare has been confined to history books leaving his work feeling unapproachable for actors and audiences. Bard City's objective is simple: shatter the reverence surrounding Shakespeare and grasp a fresh, revolutionary approach to this text.​

A Shakespeare training ground for actors, directors and schools. 

Please note: Bard City is now based primarily in London. From 2018-2023 we also ran regular in-person workshops in NYC, building a community of like-minded Shakespeare enthusiasts in the city. We are hugely grateful to everyone who made Bard City NYC the warm, welcoming space it was and we look forward to connecting with our North American community again soon.


Kirsty Woodward

Owen Horsley

Harry Waller

Bard City Associate

Artistic Director


Kirsty has worked as an actress for the past 14 years in England, performing extensively with companies such as Kneehigh Theatre, The Royal Shakespeare Company and Shakespeare’s Globe.


Kirsty is also an associate artist of the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain and has lead courses, master classes and run auditions for the past six years.

Shakespeare acting credits include Love’s Labour’s Lost , Pericles, The Winter’s Tale - Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre Cymbeline - Kneehigh Theatre Company The Winter’s Tale , Hamlet, Julius Caesar and Romeo and Juliet -The Royal Shakespeare Company

Owen’s Directing credits include Maydays by David Edgar (RSC), Hamlet (CSC, New York), Don Giovanni (LaMaMa, New York) Salome by Oscar Wilde (RSC) The Famous Victories of Henry V (RSC), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Garsington Opera), Henry V (Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre) and The Picture of Dorian Gray (Watermill Theatre). Owen will be co-directing The War of the Roses with Gregory Doran in 2021.


Owen was Associate Director on the RSC King and Country Tour and worked with Artistic Director Gregory Doran on Richard II and Henry IV Part 1 and 2 and Henry V from 2013-16. Owen is also an Associate Director for Cheek by Jowl. He was Assistant Director to Declan Donnellan on The Changeling (2006) Cymbeline (2007), Troilus and Cressida (2008), Macbeth (2009-11) and ‘Tis Pity she’s a Whore (2011-13) becoming Associate Director in 2010. Owen Co-Directed the 2013 Tour of Tis Pity.


Other directing credits include The Richard Project (American Academy), Alls Well That Ends Well (Stella Adler), The Two Noble Kinsmen (RWCMD) Outside on the Street (Edinburgh Fringe and Arcola) Antony and Cleopatra, Lysistrata, As you Like it (Guildhall School of Music and Drama), Edward II (St Andrew's Crypt), See What I See (St Clements Mental Hospital) and The Duchess of Malfi (Southwark Playhouse and UK Tour).

Harry is an actor, based in London. Theatre credits include: Much Ado About Nothing, Love’s Labour’s Lost, The Christmas Truce & Wendy & Peter Pan (Royal Shakespeare Company), Oliver! (Leeds Playhouse), Hobson's Choice & The Way of the World (Sheffield Crucible), The History Boys (West Yorkshire Playhouse & UK tour), Miss Nightingale (tour), Sondheim's Saturday Night (Jermyn St/Arts Theatre).


From 2017-2023 he lived in NYC. While there his theatre credits included the hit Off-Broadway comedy Puffs (New World Stages), King Lear (Shakespeare Forum), The Changeling (Rude Grooms). He also became a company member of acclaimed verbatim theatre ensemble Life Jacket Theatre Company, appearing as Chad in America is Hard To See (Underbelly, Edinburgh Festival).


He wrote and performed  The Feste Show, developed in collaboration with Owen Horsley (the People's Improv Theater, NYC). He has also gigged in many basements and dive-bars as cabaret alter-ego Joe deVivre and the Circle of Friend. 

Alongside his work with Bard City, he is an Education Practitioner at Shakespeare's Globe and has taught  and directed on the actor-musicianship programme at Rose Bruford College.

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