Shakespeare Youth Festival – Emotions, not Emojis

In the spirit of cultural generosity and with the goal of creative excellence, we create diverse communities of belonging and self-empowerment with children and youth locally and across the globe through the magic of theater ... and we do it all in Iambic Pentameter.

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SYF in our Community & Schools
SYF in our Community & Schools

Our school programs are an excellent way to ignite your students’ passion for Shakespeare. We offer a variety of options, all aligned with VAPA standards.

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Shakespeare Youth Festival LA
Shakespeare Youth Festival LA

Each year, in the Spring & Fall, we present 2 to 4 plays, in rotating repertory, to benefit our community, our children and our city.

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The Willful Minors
The Willful Minors

Our Shakespeare Troupe in community service, bringing the Bard to schools, local events, senior care facilities, hospitals and anywhere there is a need for the Arts.

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Fun Facts about Shakespeare Youth Festival

27Shakespeare plays produced
4Countries
1100Children reached per year
19Shipwrecks!!
The Tempest

The Tempest

“We are such stuff as dreams are made on.” — Prospero The Tempest had been...
Much Ado about Nothing

Much Ado about Nothing

Coming soon.
Merry Wives of Windsor

Merry Wives of Windsor

Coming soon.
Antony and Cleopatra

Antony and Cleopatra

Coming soon.
A Mid-City Night’s Dream

A Mid-City Night’s Dream

This night I hold an old accustomed feast, Whereto I have invited many a guest,...
2007 – Twelfth Night & As You Like It

2007 – Twelfth Night & As You Like It

Our productions of Shakespeare’s two most famous gender-bending comedies, “As You Like It” and “Twelfth...
2006 – The Tempest

2006 – The Tempest

After the success of “The Seven Ages of Man,” we were inspired to mount a...

SYF is proud to be supported by

  • California Arts Council
  • LA County Arts & Culture
  • Department of Cultural Affairs
  • GO Campaign

We believe that …

the Performing Arts have the power to change a child’s life, and because we believe that everyone should have the opportunity to experience that power, we are committed to creating theater that reflects the cultures and life experiences of our diverse community.

We are dedicated to making our programs accessible to all children and to actively nurture participation by those who have been historically underrepresented, based on race/ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, citizenship status, religion or socioeconomic status.

We strive to ensure that our children are guided by a diverse collective of teaching artists, and that our policies are set by a Board of Directors that is representative of our community.

While we focus on the works of William Shakespeare, a prominent figure in the Western literary canon, we are committed to exploring Shakespeare’s themes as they apply to all humanity.