Bard To Go

GV Shakespeare Festival's Traveling Show

Bard To Go 2017 - 2018

Our Touring Bard To Go 2017: 


Directed by Karen Libman

What happens when The Bard himself, William Shakespeare, is brought back to life and taken on a rollicking ride through his most famous plays? Eight plays in 50 minutes — but will Will remember that he truly is the most famous English language playwright in the world? Featuring scenes from Hamlet, Richard III, A Comedy of Errors, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, and The Merchant of Venice.

Free public performances

During ArtPrize Nine (September 20–October 8) September 30 and October 1 at Gerald R. Ford Museum @ 10:00 a.m., October 4, 5 & 6 at the Loosemore Auditorium, GVSU Pew Campus, at 8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.

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Click here to see the Bard To Go study guide!

2016 - 2017 Bard To Go

Bard To Go:  Macbeth

A 45-minute, condensed version of Macbeth makes Shakespeare accessible to younger audiences. Students experience the plot and language in a fast-paced performance, while exploring the themes and implications of the rise and fall of Macbeth as they relate to our globalized society and our potential future.

Performances are free:

October 12 at 1pm in the Mary Pew Idema Library's Multipurpose Room, down stairs

October 29 at 1pm, Charles W. Loosemore Auditorium, Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus


Caleb Baird

Sara Gochenaur

Evan Etzel

Quiana Flynn

Sam Luken

Bruno Streck-Rodrigues

Bard To Go: Macbeth

Bard To Go: Macbeth

Read an article on Bard To Go: Macbeth in GVSU's Lanthorn by clicking here.

Bard To Go: Witty Fools, Foolish Wits



“Witty Fools and Foolish Wits”

Mara Spears

Dezarae Begay

Mallory Caillaud-Jones

Jake Jager

Seth Burton

Dan Hummel

Stage manager / understudy – Emily Wisniewski

Directed by Dr. Alli Metz and Katherine Mayberry

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Bard To Go 2014 - 2015: Lights, Camera, Action!

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To see more about our 2014 - 2015 Bard To Go: Lights, Camera, Action! please click on the photo!

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For more details and information about our 2014 Bard To Go Troupe, please click on the icon!

During ArtPrize, Bard To Go will perform assorted scenes from the 2014 production “Lights, Camera, Action!” at Art Prize.

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Student Competition Awards Ceremony and
Free Public Bard to Go Performance

November 7, 2015

1 PM Loosemore Auditorium

Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus

The awards ceremony is followed by a Bard to Go performance  and a reception. Bard to Go is always a crowd pleaser and admission is free.


Bard To Go - March 2014 traveling to Genova, Italy and Prague, Czech Republic!

Bard To Go Travels Abroad!

Director Kiara Pipino, Assistant Director, Theatre alumnus Jason James Flannery.

Posted on April 03, 2014

Grand Valley’s Shakespeare Festival touring company, Bard To Go, has been touring regionally and internationally each year since 1998. This year, over semester break, BTG students were invited to present six performances at the Festival Valle Christi in Rapallo, Italy, and in the Czech Republic at the Prague Shakespeare Festival.

Each fall the ensemble also visits 8 high schools throughout Michigan, performing a 45-minute collage of Shakespearean scenes organized around a different theme, such as magic, love, or revenge. Every other year, BTG accepts invitations from international groups. Over the years, the company has performed in China, Canada, Italy, the Bahamas and other locations. The recent international trip to Rapallo and Prague was organized by this year’s BTG director, visiting professor Chiara Pipino, and Roger Ellis, founding director of Grand Valley’s Shakespeare Festival.

BTG students are chosen every year by audition from Grand Valley’s entire student population. This year’s troupe consisted of students majoring in writing, business, anthropology, and public relations, as well as theatre. All the housing and local transportation in Europe was provided by the hosting groups, and scholarship funding covered much of the group’s travel expenses. The tour also provided ample time for visiting historic venues and museums.   

“It was a challenging and amazing experience to take our show abroad,” said student Amanda Furstenberg. “I loved the opportunity to share my passion for theatre with the international audiences.”

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Our Bard To Go 45-minute traveling production will come to your school and perform for you! Designed to introduce students to Shakespeare, this show will highlight scenes from several plays. To explore the availability for our Bard To Go to visit your school, please contact Jack Lane at

Our Bard To Go traveled to Genova, Italy, and Prague, Czech Republic February 26 and returned March 7. 2014.

Prague Shakespeare Company shared a link.

Prague Shakespeare Company is proud to announce our next Prague performance: Bard To Go's Puzzle the Will - a special 50 minute performance of some of Shakespeare's greatest hits. Suitable for all ages. The show is courtesy our friends at Grand Valley Shakespeare Festival from Grand Valley State University in Michigan, USA. Czech it out!

Bard To Go - Puzzle the Will

Bard To Go 2013-14

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Bard To Go - 2014 Czech Republic & Italy

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Bard To Go - 2014 Czech Republic & Italy

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Bard To Go - 2014 Czech Republic & Italy

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Bard To Go - 2014 Czech Republic & Italy

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Bard To Go - 2014 Czech Republic & Italy

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Bard To Go - 2014 Czech Republic & Italy

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Bard To Go 2013 - 2014

2013-14 Bard To Go

Bard To Go - 2012 - 2013

Bard To Go - 2012 - 2013

Bard To Go 2011 - 2012

2011 - 2012 Bard To Go

Bard To Go 2010 - 2011

Bard To Go 2010 - 2011

Bard To Go 2009 - 2010

Bard To Go - 2009 - 2010

Bard To Go in China

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Grand Valley Shakespeare Festival's "Bard-to-Go" has brought scenes from some of Shakespeare's most famous works to thousands of students in Michigan schools. Now the program is headed for Europe.

As part of Grand Valley's annual Shakespeare Festival, Bard-to-Go is a 50-minute collage of scenes, chosen from various Shakespearean plays, to engage young audiences with the beauty, relevance and excitement of the Bard. This year's production, "Puzzle the Will" features excerpts from A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Merchant of Venice, The Tempest, The Taming of the Shrew, and Hamlet. More than 1,600 area teens saw this production when it toured six area schools last fall.

Grand Valley student actors and professors have traveled to Jamaica, Nova Scotia, China, Bahamas, and this year they will travel to Italy and the Czech Republic. There they will perform high schools and other public Fine & Performing Arts facilities. The week-long trip will give the Grand Valley students the opportunity to experience touring in a foreign country and explore the theatrical universality of Shakespeare with another culture.

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