Youth Theatre Ireland is the national development organisation for youth theatre. We support a network of youth theatres who deliver year-round programmes of drama workshops and performance opportunities to young people aged 12 - 21 from cities, towns and villages across Ireland.

Established since 1980, Youth Theatre Ireland is unique in its commitment to youth-centered drama practice.  At Youth Theatre Ireland, we know that youth theatre is a place to develop young artists and young citizens and we promote youth drama opportunities that focus on the artistic, personal and social development of young people.


Youth Theatre Ireland promotes:

  • drama as a medium for learning and as a means of expression for young people
  • the advancement of the artistic, personal and social development of young people through drama and performance related skills
  • youth theatre as a medium to extend and enhance young people’s understanding of theatre as an artform
  • the emergence and development of youth theatres in Ireland

We are guided by the following core values:

  • Commitment to quality in provision and experience for all young people
  • Commitment to equality of participation for all young people
  • We ensure our work is young person-centred and that the voice of young people is represented in all aspects of the work of the organisation
  • We ensure a balance between the values of artistic quality and youth participation

I think youth theatre is hugely important for confidence, for discovering ourselves, and each other, and building friendships. To turn up and commit to something is a huge ask for a teenager, but actually, you’re committing with your heart. It is a choice to be there and that fills you with a huge love for something. Youth theatre gives people a chance to have that experience.”
Eileen Walsh, Actress and Youth Theatre Ireland patron


Youth Theatre Ireland is a registered business name of the National Association for Youth Drama, Company Limited by Guarantee.

Company Constitution

Youth Theatre Ireland is committed to comply with the Governance Code and has begun the process towards implementing the code in full.

The Board of Youth Theatre Ireland has resolved to comply with the ICTR Guiding Principles for Fundraising.

Youth Theatre Ireland is committed to ensuring financial practices and reporting compliant with the charity SORP. 

Youth Theatre Ireland engages with the National Quality Standards Framework for National Youth Work Organisations, developed by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs.  

Strategic Plan

Our Strategic Plan 2015 - 2019 outlines our objectives for the next five years and the outcomes we aim to achieve.

Financial Statements

Audited Accounts for Year End 2019

Audited Accounts for Year End 2018

Audited Accounts for Year End 2017

Audited Accounts for Year End 2016

Audited Accounts for Year End 2015

Audited Accounts for Year End 2014

Youth Theatre Ireland Remuneration Statement


Youth Theatre Ireland regularly makes submissions to relevant authorities on issues and policies that impact the development of youth theatre and the cultural rights of young people.

Culture 2025 Submission to the Department of the Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht

Dublin City Council Development Plan Submission

Department Of Education and Skills Statement of Strategy Submission

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