Enriching the lives of children through the exploration of the arts
Summer 2023: Theatre and musical theatre galore at our downtown location, an outdoor park, and a historic partner theatre!
BAAY Seniors perform the play Hush at BAAY July 14-15.
Outdoor musical theatre Camp LarraBAAY students perform at Larrabee State Park on August 4-5.
State Street Theatre Company performs Cabaret in August 18-20 and 25-27 at the Mount Baker Theatre.
At BAAY, we believe in accessible arts education for all. Every student who auditions for a production will receive a part (see our casting policy in the FAQ here), and we offer financial aid upon request (see here). You can join in this work – give a gift today and help a local child access the arts!
Welcome To BAAY!
Founded in 2006, Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts education organization that offers quality instruction and mentoring in theater, choir, dance, music, and visual arts to youth ages 5-17. The mission of BAAY is to enrich children’s lives through the exploration of the arts.
BAAY serves approximately 1400 children annually in three main programs: at our campus theatre, in our arts-based preschool (closed for 2020-2021), and in EduArts after-school enrichment classes in elementary schools throughout Whatcom County. Through our programs, we create community, and teach children confidence, character and creativity.
Looking for “Theatre Thursday” content shared via the Whatcom Arts Project during pandemic lockdown? Enjoy our Watch page!
Thank you for voting for BAAY as the Gold winner of Best Childcare / After-School Program in Best of the Northwest 2022!
Upcoming Theatre Courses
At our downtown campus theatre, we provide children with a safe and supportive community in which to learn acting, vocal performance, costuming, theatre tech, dance, and theatre devising. Through these classes, we foster respect, cooperation, decision-making, team-building, self-discipline, and self-confidence in young people.
BAAY offers performing arts classes to children ages 5-17 at our theater in downtown Bellingham. We offer over two dozen programs a year. Almost all of those programs culminate in performances, including plays, dance performances, and full musicals like Matilda, Oliver, Little Shop of Horrors, Pippin, Bye Bye Birdie, The Outsiders, Beauty and the Beast, Shrek, and many others. Approximately 5500 children and adults attend productions at our theatre each year to enjoy the arts and celebrate the students’ work. Since 2006, we have staged approximately 200 musicals and plays.
For Mixed Ages
For Pixies Ages 5-8
For Juniors Ages 9-12
For Seniors Ages 13-17
Upcoming Shows and Courses
Junior Comedy Club 9/11 - 11/20
Mini Pixies: Pinocchio (ages 5-6) 9/11 - 11/18
Actor's Workshop 9/12 - 11/21
Mega Pixies: Pinocchio (ages 7-8) 9/12 - 11/11
Senior Play: Almost, Maine 9/12 - 1/21
Junior Dance Company 9/13 - 10/31
Senior Improv Club 9/14 - 11/16
Senior Dance Company 9/14 - 10/31
Junior Play: The Firebird 9/14 - 1/14
Theatre Tech 9/15 - 12/8
Senior Musical: The Addams Family 9/16 - 1/28
Junior Costuming 9/25 - 11/22
Senior Costuming 9/25 - 11/20
Thank you Sponsors!
BAAY is grateful to be supported, in part, by a grant from the Washington State Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Thank you Whatcom Community Foundation for grant funding supporting BAAY in 2022!
BAAY is deeply thankful for support from our monthly Encore donors, from local businesses, and from generous individuals in our community. Please visit our Thank You Supporters page where we recognize those who help keep the lights on and keep us serving children.