Youth Bridge Global is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that facilitates youth theatre productions in domestic and international developing communities.
Starting in 2004 with “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, Youth Bridge has produced an annual Shakespeare production in the Marshall Islands, providing a cast of students with a powerful educational and cultural experience, while generating acclaim from the local community due.
In 2006 and 2007 the organization repeated the Shakespeare model in the Balkans in order to promote reconciliation and mutual understanding across the dangerous ethnic and religious divides that threaten peace in the region. The first production in Mostar, featuring a Muslim Romeo and a Croat Juliet, forged a number of inter-ethnic friendships and generated immense communal support in a city divided by deep-seated nationalism. In 2013 we presented a trilingual [Kinyarwanda, French, and Shakespeare's Iambic Verse] version of Romeo & Juliet in Kigali, Rwanda.
Growing at Shakespeare Company
Youth Bridge Global has in recent years been committed to offering some of our leading actors in Bosnia & Herzegovina and Rwanda additional theater training. We have been lucky enough to forge a remarkable relationship with Shakespeare & Company. This extraordinary organization has raised funds to cover the board and tuition for four different visits of Rwandans and Bosnians. Ilija Pujic, from Mostar, attended the summer Shakespearean acting workshop in 2013 and the intermediate acting workshop for young professionals in winter 2015.
Three Rwandans, Innocent Munyeshuri, Abdoul Mujyambere, and Jeannine Uwase, were participants in the summer workshop in 2014. Mustafa Stupac, also from Mostar, was our latest attendee in summer 2015. He writes about the learning process in an online article. Read More
YBG Alums attend Shakespeare & Company
Ilija Pujic is a young Mostarian student and actor who has played the leading romantic male in two of Youth Bridge Global's productions in Motar (The Tempest and As You Like It). He also served as an assistant director of Twelfth Night in Summer 2014 in YBG's latest Shakespearean production in the Balkans. Ilija had attended the four-week Summer Training Institute program with Shakespeare and Company in Lenox, Massachusetts and has been invited back to attend the four week Intensive Training Workshop starting December the 29th 2014.
We are very proud that Shakespeare and Company has so much faith in Ilija's dramatic capacities and potential. Read More