BAYFEST Youth Theatre Summer Drama Camp Seattle, WA



Summer 2017 3-week Intensive

BAYFEST youth theatre summer acting drama camp

July 31 – August 17, 2017

Summer 2017 will mark our 26th year offering summer drama camp intensives to young performers ages 14 – 20 from around the US, UK and other foreign locations. A maximum of 23 participants ages 14-19 will be chosen by recommendation, application and audition for the program.  All-day classes and workshops in acting, movement, stage combat, physical comedy and voice will be taught by professional actors, directors and choreographers culminate in public performances, and there is a lot of individual attention.

BAYFEST youth theatre summer acting drama camp

Applicants may or may not have an interest in pursuing careers in performing, and we work hard to build truly diverse ensembles that bring together motivated young people from a wide variety of backgrounds. We are not necessarily looking for “future stars” when choosing participants for our summer ensembles — we want to work with enthusiastic, hard-working young people who know that this type of intensive and close-knit ensemble training experience will build self-confidence physical, verbal and imaginative skills that will help them in whatever they do in school and life. As we say, “Drama training is training for Life.” We will work hard, play hard and have LOTS of fun!

Many years-long friendships have been formed out of these programs, and building cross-cultural and social awareness is a big goal of the summer intensives. Our alumni have gone on to study at UW, Juilliard, Boston U, RADA, LAMDA, Yale, UNCSA, Stanford and many other schools.

                 INFO FLYER AND APPLICATION –                            extended due date March 31

BAYFEST youth theatre summer acting drama camp

Programs hours: Workshops/rehearsals run from 8:30AM – 3:30 PM Monday – Saturday. Workshops and rehearsals will culminate in public performances at several Seattle-Area venues, and there will be a number or recreational events scheduled during the program as well.

Cost: We accept applicants based on talent and motivation, NOT on ability to pay – Generous scholarships and financial aid available. Full 2017 tuition is $1475 for the entire program.  If you are planning to apply for scholarship or other financial assistance, please check the box on the application and we will send a Financial Aid form right away.

Application Deadline is March 31, 2017 but participants are accepted starting 2/24/17, so early applications are considered first.

If you have any questions, please see our FAQ page or email us at

If you live in the Seattle area in, you may attend a live audition (times and locations to be determined — get the application form HERE, and we will let you know about audition scheduling.) If you are not in the Seattle area you may submit a video audition (Seattle-area residents are always welcome to apply by video as well). Video Audition instructions can be downloaded HERE

Feedback from previous BAYFEST participants can be found HERE



BAYFEST youth theatre summer acting drama campSince 1990, the BAYFEST International Summer Program has provided professional-level theatre training and cultural enrichment to groups of talented young performers, aged 14 – 21, from all over the United States, Great Britain, Canada, and elsewhere.

The Summer Acting Camp Intensive has been held in locations as varied as New York, London, Washington, DC, Vermont, San Diego, Seattle, Newcastle on Tyne, North Wales, Los Angeles, and Sandpoint, Idaho.

Participants have come from the widest possible range of social and cultural backgrounds; many with scholarship assistance.

They have lived in each others’ homes; they have worked long hours rehearsing and performing productions from Shakespeare to musicals; they have laughed and cried with each other and the BAYFEST staff and teachers…

… and in many cases, they say their lives have been changed.

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