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Passing the torch at Bard in the Yard 2022

This will be Jim Martens' final year as lead director as he will be passing the torch
Bard in the Yard theatre and drama camps are back.

This is the fifth summer of Delta’s Bard in the Yard youth drama camps but the first with two new camps added: the musical theatre intensives in July and August.

Jim Martens — actor, teacher, and Delta’s own Santa Claus — is joined by Michael Kirk (fifth year) and Ann Matterson (first year) for all four camps as well as Studio West Dance’s Jyla Robinson and Delta Youth Theatre’s Tracy Neff and Tony Barton for the two weeks of Musical Theatre Intensives.

Current registrations have resulted in only six spots left for the July 11 to 15 Bard in the Yard camp and the first musical theatre intensive (July 25 to 29) is sold out.

Two more August camps have space for students who have completed Grade 4 and up. The August Bard in the Yard camp is on from Aug. 15 to 19 and the second musical theatre intensive camp is the following week from Aug. 22 to 26.

Information and online registration can be found at:

This will be Martens' final year as lead director as he will be passing the torch to Kirk, Matterson, and Tom Schultes in 2023. Bard in the Yard will continue to be held in the Martens’ backyard but Jim will be serving mainly as the camp administrator.

“I turned 70 last month and it’s time for some younger acting teachers and exceptionally talented performers to grab the baton and run as leaders of these camps,” he said. “I’ve witnessed their talents at my camps and in the community for the past six years, and they are ready to be our camp leaders.”

Summer 2022 will be the year of transition for staff as Martens will actively teach in the two Bard in the Yard camps and Kirk and Matterson will head up the triple threat training in the musical theatre intensives with Robinson, Neff and Barton.

Ten percent of camp fees go to our DYT student scholarships.