Bard Youth Fest

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

Gather a group of young people and collaborate with professional Theatre Artists to create bold, original, youth-led performances. Then join in a non-competitive Finale that celebrates the infinite ways young people play, think about, and perform Shakespeare!

Troupes may be formed through schools or in the community.

As we look at the 2021/2022 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! – Troupe Champion

Find out More

Elementary and Middle-level troupes

BYF 2022 Overview – Elementary & Middle

Secondary-Level Troupes

BYF 2022 Overview – Elementary & Middle

Community-based troupes

BYF 2022 Overview – Community

Apply to Participate

To apply to participate in Bard Youth Fest, please fill out the application form below. Applications will be open until January 15th, 2021, at 5 pm.  

For more information, please contact Santana Berryman, Education Assistant, at workshops@bardonthebeach.org.

Bard Youth Fest Application Form 2022

Your Contact Information

School Information

About Your Troupe

If you don't know exactly yet, please provide an estimate.
We suggest between 2 to 16 participants. If you don't know exactly yet, please provide an estimate.
We suggest between 2 to 16 participants. If you don't know exactly yet, please provide an estimate.
One of your Troupe Members will serve as the Troupe Champion. We estimate that this person will contribute about 8 hours extra, on top of their regular troupe activities. Have you decided who this person will be?
I will be my troupe's Champion.
As you imagine this project, how do you imagine arranging your troupe’s rehearsal schedule?
If we need to hold rehearsals remotely, what digital video conferencing platform does your school have access to?
If we need to hold rehearsals remotely, what digital video conferencing platform will your troupe have access to?
For example: classroom, theatre, library, multi-purpose room, etc.
Bard’s rehearsal studios at the BMO Theatre Centre may be available. Please let us know if this is your preference, and we’ll see what we can do.
When do you imagine is the best time for your troupe to meet?
When do you imagine is the best time for your troupe to meet?

Professional Development

We'd like to kick off Bard Youth Fest with a Professional Development Day on January 17 or February 18. This mandatory session will provide Troupe Champions and Bard Coaches with a chance to meet each other and share strategies for inspiring students. The session will be held in Bard’s rehearsal studios at the BMO Theatre Centre, 162 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver. Which date is better for you?
We'd like to kick off Bard Youth Fest with a Professional Development Day for Troupe Champions on January 17 or February 18. This session is required for teachers who will be running Bard Youth Fest at their school. Champions of community-based troupe are not required to attend but are most welcome to join if you’d like to! This event will provide Troupe Champions and Bard Coaches with a chance to meet each other and share strategies for inspiring their troupe members. The session will be held in Bard’s rehearsal studios at the BMO Theatre Centre, 162 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver. If you’d like to attend, which date is better for you?

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