Bard Youth Fest

A journey of creativity and discovery providing young people with an opportunity to make Shakespeare their own.

Give your students the chance to collaborate with professional Theatre Artists to create bold, original performances. Join in a non-competitive Finale that celebrates the infinite variety of ways young people play, think about, and perform Shakespeare.

As we look at the 2020/2021 school year, Bard Youth Fest will adapt to incorporate digital and in-person programming as needed.

The students enjoyed creating and performing their own story with the guidance of the Bard actor. My students were so pumped after their performance. It made all the work worth it! – Bard Youth Fest Mentor

Find out more

Elementary and Middle-level troupes

BYF 2020/2021 Overview – Elementary & Middle

Secondary-level troupes

BYF 2020/2021 Overview – Secondary

Apply to participate

To apply to participate in Bard Youth Fest, please fill out the application form below. The application period has been extended, and will be open until October 30, 2020, at 5 pm.

For more information, please contact Melanie Hiepler, School Programs Assistant, at workshops@bardonthebeach.org.

Bard Youth Fest Application Form 2020-2021

Your Contact Information

School or Organization Information

What level of education are your students? *

About Your Elementary/Middle Troupe

If you don't know exactly yet, please provide an approximation.
We welcome students of all grades and abilities; no experience necessary!
As you imagine this project, how do you imagine arranging your rehearsal schedule? *
E.g. classroom, theatre, library, multi-purpose room, etc.
What digital platform is your school using to communicate with students and families? *

About Your Secondary Troupe

We welcome students of all grades and abilities; no experience necessary!
What digital platform is your school using to communicate with students and families? *
E.g. classroom, theatre, library, multi-purpose room, etc.
If/when we’re able to return to in-person programming, when do you imagine is the best time for your troupe to meet? *

Professional Development


Bard Youth Fest is made possible thanks to the ingenuity and generosity of the Pamela and David Richardson Family Foundation.

Additional thanks to the Telus Community Board for making this opportunity possible.