WHAT WE'RE DOING DURING SCHOOL CLOSINGS
AND FREE SUMMER 'VIRTUAL DRAMA CAMP':

We have made the difficult decision to cancel our in-person 10-day Drama Camp Intensive in August, but we are announcing a FREE "Virtual Drama Camp" for interested students from August 10-21. Exactly what that will look like will be posted next week, but we know that there will be the opportunities for working on songs and monologues and being part of a virtual performance video that will be posted online and sent to thousands of our contacts. See below for more details and how to contact us if you are interested. In the meantime, we will continue to post short skills-building content for students on this page (see below)

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FREE ‘VIRTUAL DRAMA CAMP’ – AUGUST 10-21

While we are very sad to have had to cancel our in-person drama camp intensive for summer 2020, we are excited about the opportunity to provide a select group of 15 participants a virtual drama-training experience at no cost, and are working to decide exactly what will be included. This opportunity is being paid for by our generous funders, and we will allow participation by students in the Seattle area and elsewhere. We know that the camp will use the ZOOM platform for group and one-on-one meetings over the course of 10 days, and that students will be able to work on songs, monologues and original performances pieces, coached by some of our top teaching artists. More info

Please download the information sheet and application at: www.dropbox.com/home/2020 if you are interested in applying for the virtual drama camp. Please also send us an email to: BAYFESTyouthTheatre@gmail.com to let us know you will be applying. This will save your spot in the application order.

NEW VIDEOS FOR OUR STUDENTS WHO ARE STUCK AT HOME! CHECK THEM OUT:

Etienne Cakpo of Gansango Music and Dance teaches African Dance:
“Wedou-Wedou”
Asymmetrics — Exercises for the brain!
music: “Elephants on Parade” by Podington Bear
From the Free Music Archive, CC BY-NC
FINGER ASYMMETRICS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=syXWV8DnUEg

OUR MISSION

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BAYFEST’s mission is to “Develop the Extraordinary Potential of Youth through Dramatic and Active Arts.” We believe that storytelling, movement, rhythm and kinesthetic learning are a vital part of students’ education, and a powerful force in helping all young people learn communications skills, use their imagination to its fullest, build empathy and a ‘growth mindset’ and honor their own and other’s stories. Embedded in all the work we do is the goal of addressing racial, gender, and equity issues in direct and dynamic ways that lift up and empower all the young people we work with – especially those who come from low- income and underserved populations. To further these goals, we ensure that our staff of teaching artists always reflects the diversity of the youth we serve, and we always aim for the highest level of culturally responsive teaching. Although we work with students ages 5 through teen years, we have a particular focus on helping our adolescent participants navigate the inevitable challenges they face in these years of incredible growth, change and growing social awareness. Complementing all the direct work we do with youth, our professional development training gives K-12 educators powerful tools to integrate active arts into their curriculum to transform their classrooms, sustain their own energy and enjoyment, and advance student success and learning.


PROGRAMS FOR YOUTH

• In-school and after school K-12 drama, rhythm and movement skills classes. More…

• In-school and after-school original performance-development projects. More…

• In-class sessions with BAYFEST teaching artists to stage class plays or work on movement and rhythm. More…

• Summer intensives for teens 14-19. More…

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PROGRAMS FOR EDUCATORS

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• In-class sessions with BAYFEST teaching artists to train individual classroom teachers in using kinesthetic-learning exercises in the classroom, including staging a class play, exploring STEM curriculum, social-emotional learning, etc. More…

• All-staff professional development sessions focusing on issues of interest and concern to particular schools, including social-emotional learning curriculum enhancements, addressing racial and gender equity, exercises that focus on students with learning differences, as well as active and fun staff team-building sessions. More…

About BAYFEST Youth Programs

Fall 2018 Personal Narratives


SPONSORS

We couldn’t do the work we do without all our wonderful individual donors (too numerous to list here…) and especially our major sponsors, below. THANKS to ALL!

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