12 February 2020

40th Anniversary Programme Announced!

2020 marks the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the National Association for Youth Drama, known today as Youth Theatre Ireland. Throughout the year we will be celebrating youth theatre with an exciting programme of events.

Programme Highlights

Young Critics
Youth Theatre Ireland’s long-running criticism programme for young people will run again in 2020, led by Alan King and Karen Fricker.

National Youth Theatre
After the success of the 2018/2019 pilot, NYT will once again recruit for an ensemble to work across two calendar years towards a production in August 2021. Auditions will be held in summer 2020.

ARTiculate Young Playwrights Group
In association with the National Youth Theatre Programme, ARTiculate will bring young people together to be mentored in playwrighting by Dylan Coburn-Gray, Veronica Coburn and Barry Morgan. Articulate will take place on the second Saturday of each month starting from March.

Buzz Network
Opportunities for youth theatre artists and leaders to travel and participate in Artists and Leaders Labs with the partner organisations in this Creative Europe funded programme:

Artists Lab 1: ‘Co-creation and Empowering Young People’ – 20th – 25th April, hosted by BRONKS, Belgium.
Recruitment for 2 Irish youth theatre artists closes: 31st January

Leaders Lab 1: ‘Professionalising your Practice for Emerging YT Leaders’ – 3rd – 7th June, hosted by Youth Theatre Ireland, Dublin
Recruitment: 31st January – 1st March

Artists Lab 2: ‘Diverse Voices’ – 2nd – 7th November, hosted by Youith Theatre Arts Scotland, Edinburgh

Leading On….
Annual Leaders Residential Training Weekend
Dates: 12th – 14th  June

National Festival of Youth Theatres – 40th Anniversary Special
This years NFYT will be birthday themed to mark 40 years of Youth Theatre Ireland. The festival will be an extra day long and will culminate in an outdoor performance for the public.

Dates: 30th June – 5th July, Kilkenny

Laying the Foundations – QQI Accredited Training in Youth Drama Facilitation.
Two component modules of the full level 6 Artstrain programme will be delivered across 9 weekends between March and December 2020 through centres rotating between Dublin, Offaly and Westmeath. Funded by Creative Ireland.

Youth Theatre Symposium – 40 years of youth theatre practice
This year’s two-day symposium in UCC will celebrate the growth of youth theatre in Ireland. A celebratory reception will honour some of the chief architects of the movement. Event will include Playshare.

Dates: 20th  – 21st November

Dates for your diary

February 2020
Wednesday, 12 February: Young Critics Programme Applications Open 
Wednesday, 12 February: Youth Theatre Support Schemes Applications Open for all schemes 
Wednesday, 19 February: Laying the Foundations one-day taster workshop in Offaly 
Thursday, 20 February: Laying the Foundations one-day taster workshop in Westmeath 
Monday 24th February: ARTiculate Playwrighting Project applications due 
Wednesday, 26 February: Laying the Foundations one-day taster workshop in Dublin
Friday, 28 February: National Festival of Youth Theatres Expressions of Interest Open 
Saturday, 29 February: Child Protection Training workshop in Cork


March 2020
Friday, 6 March: Youth Theatre Membership Renewals Due
Thursday, 12 March: Young Critics Programme Applications Due
Thursday 14th March: ARTiculate Playwrights Programme begins.
Thursday, 19 March: Youth Theatre Support Schemes Applications Due for YT Partnership and Theatre Skills Training
Friday, 27 March: National Festival of Youth Theatres Expressions of Interest Due
Saturday, 28 March: Laying the Foundations QQI Accredited Training in Youth Drama Facilitation begins

April 2020
Friday, 17 April to Sunday, 19 April: Young Critics Weekend #1 in Dublin
Monday through Saturday, 20-25 April: BUZZ Network Artists Lab 1 in Belgium

May 2020
Saturday, 9 May: 40th Anniversary Celebration (details to follow)
Saturday, 16 May: Inclusion Seminar

June 2020
Wednesday through Sunday, 12 to 14 June: BUZZ Network Leaders’ Lab 1 in Dublin
Friday to Sunday, 12 to 14 June: Leading On…in Maynooth

July 2020
Tuesday through Sunday, 30 June to 5 July: National Festival of Youth Theatres, 40th Anniversary Celebration in Kilkenny
Friday, 31 July: National Youth Theatre 2020-2021 Applications Due

August 2020
Monday, 17 to Friday, 21 August: National Youth Theatre 2020-2021 Auditions—1st Round

September 2020
Saturday and Sunday, 12 and 13 September: National Youth Theatre 2020-2021 Auditions—2nd Round

October 2020
Friday to Sunday, 9 to 11 October: Young Critics Programme Weekend #2 at Dublin Theatre Festival
Monday, 26 to Friday, 30 October: National Youth Theatre 2020-2021 - 1st Company Residential, Dublin

November 2020
Monday to Saturday, 2 to 7 November: BUZZ Network Artists Lab 2 in Scotland
Friday and Saturday, 20 and 21 November: Annual Youth Theatre Symposium and Playshare Event in Cork

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