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Youth theatre auditions!

We are very excited to announce that we are running a new youth theatre company in East Hull starting in January 2017.

NYAT’s youth theatre company aims to inspire, unearth emerging talent, be a spring board for further education, a platform for new local voices and engage the young people in the community to develop a lifelong passion for the performing arts.

NYAT is inviting students aged 13-19 from local schools in East Hull to audition for this exciting opportunity to be part of a youth theatre company.

The youth theatre company will be run by experienced theatre practitioners and offers professional training in drama and acting techniques, theatre trips, performances for the local community and masterclasses from industry professionals.

Workshops will be held weekly on Mondays after school at the Archbishop Sentamu Academy and will cover a range of skills including script writing and devising work, acting techniques, physical theatre, improvisation skills, skills in movement and voice, plus confidence building and team work; helping the participants explore their creative potential in drama.

If you’re Hull based, please help spread the word!

We are passionate about helping young theatre makers have access to quality training opportunities and providing a positive and creative activity for teenagers in the East Hull area.

Auditions are on November 28th at 3.45pm at the Archbishop Sentamu Academy drama studios.

To register interest please contact: admin@nationalyouthartstrust.org.uk or 07891835589


“This has been life changing”

In our end of summer newsletter, the focus is on our youth theatre company in Ely and how your support is helping our young theatre makers grow in confidence, move onto higher education and develop a lifelong passion for the performing arts.

Our youth theatre in Ely has up to 30 members aged 13 – 19 who meet each week. The youth theatre exists to unearth emerging talent, make bold and exciting work, give a platform for new local voices and provide a positive and creative activity for teenagers in the area.


Experienced accountant seeking charity trustee role?

The National Youth Arts Trust is looking for a new financial trustee to take on the role of Treasurer for the Trust.

If you, or anyone you know is interested in joining our charity as Treasurer, we’d love to hear from you!

The National Youth Arts Trust (NYAT) is a small performing arts charity founded in 2013. We exist to provide access to the performing arts for young people aged between 7 and 25 from disadvantaged backgrounds. Our vision is to see a diverse and inclusive performing arts sector that nurtures talent from any background.

We are seeking an experienced accountant who ideally has some specific experience of charity accounts. This person would be the Trustee to whom the Board can delegate its duty of detailed oversight of the charity’s finances. This would include being the charity’s key contact with its bank, taking the lead role in the preparation of the annual report and accounts, including liaising with the Independent Financial Examiner, and supporting the charity’s Operations Director on operational financial issues.

The trustees meet in London as a full board every three to four months to review beneficiary updates, fundraising plans, finances, operational updates, and new projects. Each trustee is also a member of one of three sub-committees – finance, fundraising and creative & grant giving – which meet every quarter between board meetings.

For any further information please contact us –admin@nationalyouthartstrust.org.uk

Please note this is a voluntary position.


“When words fail, music speaks”

In our spring newsletter, we hear from two music bursary recipients as they talk about their passion for music-making and how your support has made a huge difference to their education. Plus read about a life changing trip to the theatre and rehearsal room news from our youth theatre.

ARTISTS OF TOMORROW

“If it wasn’t for music and drama my son would have no confidence.”*

Participating in the arts helps a young person’s development in many ways. It increases confidence, engages the imagination and can give someone a voice at a time when they may feel unable to communicate.

If only young people from economically advantaged backgrounds are able to engage and train in the arts, then we are perpetuating an environment in the arts sector where only a very narrow set of voices are being heard.

With your help, NYAT is working hard to ensure that talented young people are not at risk of being excluded from the arts because of lack of finances.

Two music beneficiaries would like to share their testimonies about just how much your support means:

“As a low income family we have found it very financially straining to support our son’s love of learning music. Everything costs from tuition and instrument purchase to music books and transportation cost going here to there for lessons and performances. When our son won an NYAT award it was a HUGE relief to know that for a spell his trumpet lessons were covered. This has made a huge difference to us as a family. The NYAT purchasing a suitable instrument for him to use is so important to his music making. We would never be able to afford an appropriate instrument and now he will be able to progress without being hindered by an unsuitable instrument. We feel truly blessed to have received this award.” Parent of NYAT music bursary recipient

 

“Since I can remember I’ve had a passion for music. I enjoy my tuition a lot because you learn stuff what you wouldn’t learn at school. I look forward to the jazz and rock group because I like that sort of music and we perform as a band in front of the whole of the music academy. This year I’m taking my grade five theory and grade five singing. If I hadn’t had NYAT’s help I wouldn’t have been able to carry on with my music. I’m very grateful as it’s very important to me and my future. Thank you.” Henry Ruff, NYAT music bursary recipient 

*Parent of music bursary recipient

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THE GIRAFFE, AND THE PELLY AND ME

To kick off the new year, we piloted our theatre ticket scheme with the Rhyl Primary School in North London – taking Year One to see a stage adaptation of Roald Dahl’s ‘The Giraffe, and the Pelly and Me’ at the Little Angel Theatre in Islington.

When asked about the theatre, all but one didn’t know what a theatre was, and again, all but one had never been to the theatre before – this trip being their first experience!

The pupils really loved the show, and we had some brilliant feedback:

  • “I felt happy. My dad was laughing too.”
  • “Thank you for letting us go to the theatre. I like the part when the burglar came to dance.”
  • “I liked everything!”
  • “My favourite part was when the police was chasing the criminal!”

Our theatre ticket scheme gives young students the opportunity to see quality theatre, who might not normally have access to such opportunities.

Help us bring more young people to the theatre for the very first time.

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“I’m so grateful to the NYAT for seeing my potential in that audition last year! Just wanna let you know, I appreciate all the support you give me. I’m really humbled by all this. Thank you!!”  Moses Adupa, youth theatre member

Our youth theatre turns one this spring! To celebrate, the youth theatre are starting to rehearse three plays; Bouncers by NYAT patron John Godber, Shakers! by John Godber and Jane Thornton, and Find Me by Olwen Wymark. The performances are to take place at the end of June. For rehearsal pictures and updates, visit our Facebook page.

The youth theatre are also heading to London for a Shakespeare masterclass at renowed drama school RADA, which the youth theatre are particularly excited about!

The youth theatre leaders are very pleased with the progress the youth theatre members have made so far and say, “The group members are supportive, kind and thoughtful with one another.” “The increase in confidence has led to the participants taking more risks in their performances, now feeling absolutely certain that negative judgement does not really exist in the eyes of the group.”

We are thrilled to be working with such talented young theatre makers and we are proud to provide a positive and creative activity for teenagers in the Ely area.

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NYAT’S WORK IS ONLY MADE POSSIBLE WITH YOUR SUPPORT

“Ever since I was 14 I have dreamed of studying at Performers College, and to think that the only reason it was made possible was because of NYAT makes me feel so lucky and privileged. I want to thank you for your kindness and believing I am worth investing in.” Georgie Cox, dance bursary recipient

Your support helps young theatre makers, dancers and musicians have access to quality training opportunities that they would otherwise not have, and helps provides positive and creative activities for children and teenagers from disadvantaged backgrounds.

We are aiming to double the amount of young people we are supporting in 2016, but we cannot do this without your help.

A hundred percent of bursary recipients said they would not have been able to start or continue with their tuition or would have seriously struggled to, without an NYAT bursary.

Much of the work we do is supported by individuals who are passionate about nurturing future talent regardless of background. If you would like to make a difference to the future of the arts in the UK, please donate now. Thank you!

p.s. Don’t forget you can raise free donations for NYAT whenever you shop online! Do your weekly shop online? We have a page with easyfundraising.org.uk so please do follow the link before you shop, find out more and help us raise vital funds for 2016. Thank you for your support!

*Title quote by Hans Christian Andersen

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Happy New Year!

We are incredibly excited for what 2016 has to hold for the National Youth Arts Trust.

To kick off the new year, we are piloting our theatre ticket scheme with Rhyl Primary School in North London – taking Year 1 to see a stage adaptation of ‘The Giraffe, and the Pelly and Me’ at the Little Angel Theatre in Islington. Our performing arts bursary scheme is open for applications and our drama project with young offenders in Kent is starting to take shape.

We’ve also published our very first newsletter, which looks back at an incredible year in 2015. Last year, with your help, more young people had access to the arts through NYAT than ever before; enabling them to continue with their violin lessons, learn ballet, attend recall auditions and induction days, attend youth theatre workshops, visit the theatre and start their training at drama school – without the financial burden.

“[At drama school] I have been challenged and inspired like never before. Without support from the NYAT, it would have been impossible for me to have taken up this incredible opportunity and be living my dream.”
Leah Gayer, Access bursary recipient

Get your copy of our New Year newsletter here.

We are aiming to double the amount of young people we are supporting in 2016, but we cannot do this without your help.

Much of the work we do is supported by individuals who are passionate about nurturing future talent regardless of background. If you would like to make a difference to the future of the arts in the UK, please do consider making us your charity of the year in 2016 and donate now.

Thank you.

p.s. You can raise free donations for NYAT whenever you shop online! Shopping online in the January sales? We have a page with easyfundraising.org.uk so please do follow the link before you shop, find out more and help us raise vital funds for 2016. Thank you for your support!

Do you know someone who is looking for support to access arts training? Our bursary scheme is open to applications! We provide bursaries for music lessons and dance classes for those who cannot afford to fund themselves, and we help fund costs relating to drama school recall auditions and tuition fees. Find out more here.

 

 

 


The National Youth Arts Trust helps provide access to the performing arts, at all stages, for young people from non-privileged backgrounds.


We provide bursaries for music lessons, dance classes and drama school (recall) audition and tuition fees to those who cannot afford to fund themselves, and we set up and run youth theatre projects in areas where there is little or no such provision.
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