Manitoba Drama Youth Festival
What is the Manitoba Drama Youth Festival?
The Manitoba Drama Youth Festival is a festival where Manitoba students share their work and participate in workshops led by Manitoba theatre professionals.
MDYF LITE: 2021
The Manitoba Drama Youth Festival has a brand new feel this year - we have moved 100% digital! Join us May 19-21, 2021 for Online Workshops and Virtual Bake-Off Performances.
Festival workshops will be exclusive, using your school-preferred video meeting platform to connect to workshop leaders. They will be tailor-made to you and your classroom. Choose from a list of workshops or suggest your own.
The performance portion of the festival is a type of theatrical bake-off, where you will be provided ingredients to inspire an original video performance. Videos will be adjudicated (if you desire) by industry professionals, and then videos will be shared briefly on a private YouTube channel for the festival duration (if you and your students are comfortable sharing).
Presently, our MDYF festival coordinator is Loc Lu.
He can be reached at:
What is Theatrical Bake-Off?
A Bake-Off is a style of quick creation theatre pioneered by playwrights in NYC in the 1980s. The basic format is that a group of playwrights are given a list of "ingredients" and a limited amount of time to write a new play. (The original bake-off gave writers 48 hours to create a play that included a front porch, a kitchen sink and a withheld secret). The name is inspired by the idea of a play being a recipe; this style adds some required ingredients to your recipe. For MDYF performances, students across the province will be given our required "ingredients", asked to write a piece and then translate that piece into a video performance. Ingredients will be announced in March.