Bard Fest, Indy's only annual Shakespeare Festival, was founded by Indiana-based theatre companies to bring a professional-quality, yet intimate Shakespeare festival experience to Hoosier audiences. Through their partnership with regional theaters, Bard Fest is able to not only provide paying work for local area actors, but also provide unique visions under one intimate roof. Shakespeare is universal. Harold Bloom writes, "Shakespeare is the inventor of what it means to be human." Theater provides a human connection and social commentary like no other art form. The centrality of Shakespeare is that his works speak to everyone and demands society examine itself. To that end, Bard Fest promotes an inclusive policy of color and gender blind casting. When you can see yourself on stage, the words ring more true and we have a greater impact on our world.