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 Bard actors to create bold, original, Shakespeare-inspired performances. Then, join other troupes in a mini-festival showcase, hosted at Bard on the Beach’s own performance space.

Participants will:

  • work in troupes with other young people to create their original piece
  • be mentored by a Professional Bard actor in workshops and rehearsals
  • Present their work at a mini-festival on Bard’s Festival site in June

This FREE multi-week program celebrates the infinite ways young people play, think about, and perform Shakespeare.


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

Program Details

Troupes may be formed through schools or made up of individuals. As we look at the 2021/2022 school year, Bard Youth Fest will adapt to incorporate digital and in-person programming as needed.

Elementary and Middle-level troupes 
BYF 2022 Overview – Elementary & Middle

Teen and young adult troupes 
BYF 2022 Overview – Teen/YA 


Applications for Bard Youth Fest 2022 have now closed. Please check this page and follow us on social for updates on future Bard Youth Fests! For more information, please contact Santana Berryman at