When was BAYFEST founded?
BAYFEST was founded in New York City in 1990 by actor, director and teacher Robert Shampain. Since then, BAYFEST has provided K-12 Teacher Training workshops, and professional-level theatre training and cultural enrichment programs to groups of talented young American, British, and Canadian performers in locations across the US and UK.
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. Now in its 21st year, BAYFEST focuses its work in main two program areas:
Our Teacher-Training programs work with K-12 teachers to encourage their classes to be engaged, willing and lively “ensembles for learning” by incorporating more drama and “active arts” activities into their daily routine. Workshops especially focus on how these activities can meet and often exceeds the Standards, and feedback has been extremely positive. In collaboration with Teach for America and several school districts, BAYFEST is expanding these programs, and will present them at more teacher training conferences and schools in the months to come.
Our summer International Youth Theatre Training Intensive and cultural exchange programs are an extraordinary opportunity for the young performers who are chosen by audition each year from around the US, UK, Canada and other foreign locations. The program is an intensive month of professional-level training and performance, living with host families and forming bonds that we have seen last for decades. 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. Your generous 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:
3144 S. Barrington Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90066
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.