Inspiring and training the actors and directors of tomorrow
It may be difficult for young people to explore and develop their talent in drama without the opportunities that youth theatre offers. The techniques of acting and directing cannot be learned in isolation. Many schools teach drama to a very high standard but creative imaginations also flourish away from the classroom and in a “real” theatre environment.
The National Youth Arts Trust has so far set up two youth theatre projects - one in Ely, Cambridgeshire and the other in Hull, East Yorkshire.
It is hoped that following these two pilots, the National Youth Arts Trust will set up and run further youth theatre projects in other areas.
We also run drama workshops with young offenders and are piloting a project with HMYOI Cookham Wood. The project gives a platform for the student’s voices to be heard, encourages the students in their creative potential and creates positive memorable experiences.
Find out more about our youth theatre here
ACCESS TO DRAMA SCHOOL
The National Youth Arts Trust is working with the UK’s top drama schools to help increase access for talented young people from all backgrounds.
The charity provides bursaries to recall auditions and tuition fees for those successful enough to be offered a place, and who would otherwise not be able to afford to attend.
A number of our bursaries are funded by donations from The Casting Directors Guild.
Despite the huge number of theatres in the UK, it is surprising how many young people have never experienced the thrill, excitement and intrigue of a live theatrical performance.
The National Youth Arts Trust is committed to working with schools around the country to make available free and discounted tickets for a number of theatre productions, to encourage the widest possible participation by all.
The [Live Theatre] festival experience provided Sam with a stability that is not usually present in her chaotic life […] it would have been difficult for her parents to afford other costs such as food and transport. The funding from your organisation helped to bridge this gap and give Sam a positive experience. Sam is the sort of young person that would normally slip through the net because of lack of finances and we applaud your organisation for supporting young people like Sam to experience and benefit from the arts.Paul James, Director of Education and Participation, Live Theatre (for NYAT access bursary recipient).
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.NYAT access bursary recipient