Summer Drama Camp application

Application Instructions

Quick Overview

The BAYFEST Summer 2017 Drama Camp program application consists of multiple parts:

  1. Completed application form
  2. Two reference letters
  3. One audition video if you are not attending an in-person audition
  4. Financial Aid (if applicable)

You are strongly encouraged to submit your completed application form as soon as possible, as we accept participants on a rolling admissions basis — meaning that there will be fewer available spots as the application deadline approaches.

We will acknowledge receipt of your application within 48 hours. Please contact us if you do not hear back from us in that timeframe.

The Application Form

  • Download the 2017 BAYFEST Application Form and Instructions
  • You can complete it either by typing on your computer or filling the fields by hand
  • There is space for you to share the URL of your audition video, but you will have to send your references as separate attachments.
  • EITHER send by email (preferred) to info@BAYFESTyouthTheatre.org
  • OR or mail it to BAYFEST 4050 20th Ave., SW, Ste B, Seattle, WA 98106 

Reference Letters

Two reference letters must be submitted as part of your application.

  • One professional, from a teacher or director who knows your acting work.
  • One personal, from an adult non-family member.

Help! My referee hasn’t written my reference yet.

Although we’d prefer to receive your references when you submit your application, we understand that this isn’t always possible.  If you do not have your references yet, that’s okay — send us your application as soon as possible — you can always send your references later.  However, please note that your consideration of your application may be delayed until we receive all recommendation and other required information.

The Audition Video

An audition video must be submitted as part of your application if you are unable to attend an in-person audition session.  It must include:

  • One short Shakespeare  / classic or contemporary monologue, under two minutes long;
  • Another contemporary monologue or song, under two minutes long;
  • Plus a personal section, where we get to know you.
  • It’s fine to film your audition using your phone as long as we can clearly see you (head-and-shoulders shot is best).
  • Upload to a video- or file-sharing site like YouTube.com / Vimeo.com / YouSendIt.com / WeTransfer.com / DropBox.com — it will be too big to send via email!
  • EITHER include the video URL in the space provided on the application form;
  • OR email us the video URL separately.
  • It is fine if auditions are sent after submitting an application, but do get them in as soon as possible as applications are not considered complete without them.

Tips on Making Your Audition Video

We want to stress that we need to get to know the REAL YOU in your audition video. This means that choosing a very “charactery” piece (something much older or different in type than you) for your monologue is probably not a good idea. Because Summer 2016 will involve a lot of physical theatre techniques, anything you can do to show those skills in your audition video can be a help.

In the rest of the video, we want to learn more about you than is already in your essay and resume — BE CREATIVE and BE YOURSELF!  Applicants have done this in a variety of ways, from talking directly to the camera, to giving us tours of their house or car, introducing us to their families, friends, stuffed animals. Some have interviewed other people about themselves to give us a sense of their personality – whatever you do, you should keep in mind that WE DON’T KNOW YOU and we want to.

Sometimes we ask applicants to submit something more, but give it your best shot the first time. If you have specific questions about something you want to do, you may email us at info@BAYFESTyouthTheatre.org, but ALMOST ANYTHING goes! We will NEVER share your videos with anyone else or reveal what is in them without your express permission, so feel free to share secrets if you feel you want to – again, we want to see the REAL, most interesting and HONEST you. One suggestion before you decide what to do is to ask family and friends (even enemies!) what THEY think are your most interesting and genuine qualities.

Financial Aid

BAYFEST offers direct need-based scholarships and fundraising assistance to those who qualify. We are very proud that in our 23-year history we have never had someone not be able to participate because they couldn’t afford the fees. If you would like to apply for financial aid, please check the box on the application form and we will send you more information. This does not affect acceptance decisions.

We will acknowledge receipt of your application within 48 hours. Please contact us if you do not hear back from us in that timeframe.

After You’ve Been Accepted

If you are accepted into the BAYFEST Summer Intensive, you will need to do all of the following:

  1. Deposit REQUIRED
    • $250 payable upon being accepted into the program.
    • The deposit secures your place in the program.
    • Refundable if you are eligible for full financial aid.
    • You may pay the full fees ($1475) if it is more convenient.
    • Payment can be made via our Fees page.
  2. Fees REQUIRED
    • Fee balance ($1475 less $250 deposit, less any scholarship and/or financial aid) is due by May 17, 2017
    • You may pay the full fees at the time of paying the deposit.
    • Payment can be made via our Fees page.
    • Fees do not include round-trip airfare or transportation to/from the program.
  3. Participant Information Form (PIF) REQUIRED
    • This is a form we send you after you’ve been accepted into the Summer Intensive.
    • It asks for important information such as your parents’ contact information, any allergies or dietary restrictions you might have.
    • All applicants will be required to return a completed PIF before the start of the program.