July 7-17, 2021 – ages 14-19


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in-person Seattle YOUTH THEATRE CAMP

August 9-21, 2021 – ages 13-18


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Our school year work with students happens during and after school, from in-class sessions (getting students to engage with fun and active movement, drama and imagination-building exercises, or on a particular topic from science and math to ELA to social studies) to months-long after school programs culminating in performances. BAYFEST is a member of the Seattle Public Schools Creative Advantage initiative, and many programs are also supported by BAYFEST funders

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BAYFEST offers K-12 educator professional development sessions (for teachers in separate grade-band cohorts and in all-staff workshops) on “Activating Your Class with Active Arts.”  Workshops are focused on skills that can be incorporated on a regular basis in classes, often in short and easy-to-manage ways – as curriculum enhancements, “brain-breaks”, and as imagination- building ways to keep students engaged and thinking creatively together

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BAYFEST’s mission

Since our founding in New York City in 1990, our mission has been to “Develop the Extraordinary Potential of Youth through Dramatic and Active Arts.” Our K-12 Student programs have been offered through in- and after-school, and summer programs all over the US andUK, and we are currently based in Seattle, WA.

The over-arching goal of all our programs is to help young people build empathy and stay alive to all that is inside them, exploring and sharing their own unique “I Am!” as well as the ensemble “We Are!” — drama, dance, movement, rhythm, performance poetry and prose, and kinesthetic learning. All our teaching artists are theatre professionals and educators with years of experience working with young people of all ages. Our K-12 educator professional development programs give teachers the skills to bring the active arts into their classrooms to extend lessons, reduce stress and increase student engagement.

We strongly believe that the arts can and must be a force for building social responsibility, connectedness and empathy, and the ideas of social justice and equity are embedded in all the work we do.




Youth Theatre Camp Intensive – Aug. 9-21, 2021 • ages 13-18

We are very excited and hopeful about returning to an in-person summer program based in West Seattle this August. As always, we will be accepting applications from students around the Seattle area and elsewhere (host-family accommodations will be arranged for out-of-town participants).

The 2-week camp intensive will include challenging, fun and active 5 hour-a-day classes in acting, movement, voice-and-speech, singing, improv and clowning, stage combat and performance technique. We are designing the program to follow current COVID safety protocols, including masking, distancing and daily health screenings.  We have also decided to limit the number of participants to 15. If we need to alter or cancel the program due to health and safety concerns, we will offer full refunds and the chance to defer scholarships.

Information, Application and Scholarship Info for Summer, 2021 can be found here.

Virtual Shakespeare Bootcamp – July 7-17, 2021 • ages 14-19

People often call Shakespeare “the greatest writer in the English language”.  But we work on The Bard’s work not because he’s GREAT, but because he’s really really GOOD — and funny, and creepy, and wild and scary and romantic and cool — and definitely NOT stuffy, hard or old-fashioned.  In fact, expect to get a little Raucous!

Our 10-day Virtual Shakespeare Bootcamp will get you acting, thinking, speaking, moving and having fun with other great students and REALLY great teachers from around the US and overseas.  You will work on monologues and scenes, and the program will culminate in a virtual recorded performance.


BAYFEST is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation – Federal Tax ID #: 13-3570285. We couldn’t do the work we do without all our wonderful individual donors (too numerous to list here…) and especially our major corporate and governmental sponsors, below. THANKS to ALL!