When was BAYFEST founded?

BAYFEST was founded in New York City in 1990 by actor, director and teacher Robert Shampain.  We operated programs in New York for seven years, Los Angeles for 12 years, and Seattle, where we are currently based, for 9 years. 

Why was BAYFEST founded?

BAYFEST was founded to encourage the rigorous use of theatre and active arts training to significantly enhance the education and lives of young people. BAYFEST focuses its work in main two program areas:

Our K-12 Educator professional development programs work with teachers and administrators to encourage students to be engaged, willing and lively members of “ensembles for learning” by incorporating more drama and active arts (movement, rhythm and kinesthetic learning activities) into their daily routine.  Workshops especially focus on how these activities can meet and often exceed the standards, and feedback has been extremely positive. 

Our summer Youth Drama Camp Intensive and cultural exchange programs are an wonderful opportunity for the young performers who are chosen by application and audition each year.   Although theatre training is the medium, it is the life-skills and strong ensemble ethos that are the main results of being in the program.  Many participants who are accepted to our summer intensives receive significant scholarship and fundraising assistance, and we encourage applications from motivated and talented young people regardless of ability to pay.

Is BAYFEST a non-profit?

Yes, BAYFEST is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. Our EIN number is #13-3570285. All contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.

What is the best way to make a donation to BAYFEST?

All donations, in any amount, are both very much appreciated and vital in helping us continue to nurture talented young performers.

You may send a tax-deductible contribution either by postal mail (preferred method) or by PayPal. Our mailing address is:

BAYFEST, 4050 20th Avenue SW, Ste. B, Seattle, WA 98106 USA

To make a donation via PayPal, please visit our Support page.

Either way, you will receive a thank-you letter from BAYFEST that can be used as a tax receipt.

Information on the BAYFEST Summer Program

To get information about our Summer Program, please visit our Summer Intensive section.

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