The Bardlings


About The Bardlings

The Bardlings are the junior Shakespearean acting program run under Tallahassee’s SOUTHERN SHAKESPEARE COMPANY. Established in 2015, the mission of The Bardlings is to develop an understanding and fondness for the study and performance of Shakespeare and classic drama in today’s youth as well as professional instruction and training in acting techniques. Our goal is to develop a comprehension of Shakespeare’s classics, while also ensuring that participants truly enjoy the subject matter and have fun in the process. Through exciting and innovative productions, open workshops, and community theatre based field trips, we seek to engage students and foster dialogue regarding the importance of the creative arts in our schools, our communities and our lives.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who Can Join The Bardlings?
Middle and High School Students.

When Do The Bardlings Meet?
For our Spring 2021 Semester, The Bardlings have the opportunity to choose between two groups: a Virtual Group who will participate in rehearsals via the Zoom app, and an In-Person group who will participate in face-to-face rehearsals at Making Light Productions, following strict Covid safety standards. These meetings will be held on Monday or Wednesday evenings depending on your group and where we are in the season.

Is There A Fee?
The membership fee to join The Bardlings is $150 per semester. Full and partial scholarships are available through The Gillum Family Foundation.

2020-2021 Season

Fall 2020 we took our program online for an exciting project, The Bardlings Community Connection. With a focus on theatre and social change, The Bardlings explored the power of art to tell stories, create hope, and inspire change. We enjoyed a multitude of workshops, guest lectures, and presentations surrounding respect, diversity, inclusion, storytelling, justice, theatre skills, and of course, Shakespeare!

We are now very excited to announce our Spring 2021 semester! The Bardlings will write and rehearse their 5th edition of ShakespeaREtold, with a focus on scenes that will inspire social change – to be performed at the 2021 Southern Shakespeare Festival. For the first time, this semester The Bardlings have the opportunity to choose between two groups: a Virtual Group who will participate in rehearsals via the Zoom app, and an In-Person group who will participate in face-to-face rehearsals which will follow strict Covid safety standards.

In person rehearsals will be held at Making Light Productions. To create the safest environment possible for our Bardlings, we’re taking guidance from national, state, and local government agencies as well as similar industries. Masks will be required to be worn at all times during rehearsals and social distancing will be enforced during structured rehearsal time. Sanitizer will be made available at all times and temperature checks will be required prior to each rehearsal. Making Light Production’s extensive health and safety protocol can be found summarized here: Health/Safety Protocols. Please let us know if you have any questions or need additional information.

Virtual Group participants will film their performance to be played during the Southern Shakespeare Festival May 2021 alongside our In-Person Group’s live performance.

    Actor Information

    Actor's Name*

    Date of Birth*

    Age at Time of Application*

    Years of Acting Experience

    Actor's Phone

    Actor's Email

    Parent/Legal Guardian Information

    Parent/Guardian Name*

    Relationship to Actor

    Parent/Guardian's Phone*


    Parent/Guardian's Email Address*

    Home Address

    Tell Us a Little Bit About Your Past Performance History (Theatre AND Film if any)

    The first 4 weeks of this Semester will focus on reading Shakespeare scenes and rewriting them to the theme of “Inspiring Social Change”- would you like to be a part of the ShakespeaREtold V Writing Team?

    Yes, I would like to be a part of the ShakespeaREtold V Writing TeamNo, I would rather begin the program after the first 4 weeks when the writing has been completed

    After the first four weeks of the Semester, students will be split into two groups: Virtual and In-Person. Virtual Group participants will meet on Mondays from 5:00-6:15 pm, In-person Group participants will meet Wednesdays from 6:15-7:30 pm at Making Light Productions. Additional times will be scheduled for Workshops and All-Company meetings.

    I am interested in the Virtual Group and am available Mondays from 5:00 – 6:15 pmI am interested in the In-Person Group and am available Wednesdays from 6:15 – 7:30 pm

    Do you have access to a Home Computer?


    Does your computer come equipped with a Webcam?


    Does your computer come equipped with a Microphone?


    Audition Information

    Auditions will be held via Zoom on Saturday, Jan. 23rd between the hours of 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Please select at least 3 of the time slots below during which you are available to audition:

    Sat, Jan. 23rd:
    10:40 AM11:20 AM11:40 AM12:00PM12:20 PM12:40 PM1:00 PM1:40 PM2:00 PM

    To inquire about additional audition times please contact one of our Bardlings directors:

    For your audition, please prepare:

    • A 90 second monologue of your choice, comedic or dramatic, classical or contemporary
    • An answer to the following question: what does “theatre for social change” mean to you? (there is no right or wrong answer to this question!)

    Membership Fee

    The Membership Fee for the Spring Semester of The Bardlings and participation in the 2021 Southern Shakespeare Festival is $150 for the semester.

    After auditions have been conducted a link for payment will be emailed to each accepted Bardling’s Parent/Guardian.

    Please select here if you are interested in a scholarship to cover all or part of your membership fee for this semester

    *Payment Plans for the Membership Fee are also an option, please email for more information

    We were also thrilled this year to begin an amazing partnership with our non-profit friends at Making Light Productions. Making Light offers Inclusive music, art, dance and theatre classes for children, teens, and adults of all abilities.

    Parents: Please click here to access the Bardlings Portal!