08 February 2019

LGBTI+ Capacity Building Training for Youth Theatre Leaders

Youth Theatre Ireland are excited to announce new training for Youth Theatre leaders. LGBTI+ training for Youth Theatre leaders led by Louise Holian, Youth Theatre Ireland’s Child Protection and Welfare Officer and playwright Colin Thornton.

Youth theatres have always offered a safe space for all young people.

Over the last number of years Youth Theatre Ireland have experienced an increase in the number of young people who are questioning their gender identity, are in the process of transitioning or are transgender engaging in Youth Theatre.

Leaders are increasingly seeking guidance on supporting their LGBTI+ members including:

  • Supporting young people who are transitioning within their group or questioning their sexuality
  • Supporting new members who are transgender
  • Supporting LGBTI+ young people on their first residentials away with the group and dealing with practicalities
  • Supporting youth theatre members to explore LGBTI+ issues or characters within youth theatre work

The goal of the training is to enable leaders to feel confident in supporting members who identify as LGBTI+. Upon completion of the training we want the leaders to:

  • Make their Youth Theatre a safe space for LGBTI+ members
  • Have the confidence around terminology in this area
  • Have the ability to support members in the development of LGBTI+ characters in their work
  • The ability to create awareness of LGBTI+ in their local community through their Youth Theatre

This training initiative is supported by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) through their LGBTI+ capacity building initiative.

The training will take place over one day and will cover the following:

Morning Session: "Training / Upskilling in methodologies / terminologies in supporting LGBTI+ members". Led by Louise Holian

  • Talking terminology
  • Supporting young peoples mental health & wellbeing
  • Making your space and youth theatre inviting and accessible
  • Taking an inclusive approach and group dynamics,
  • Adapting to suit the needs of your group
  • Best practice for trips & residentials
  • Liaising with parents
  • Supports, training and relevant agencies
  • Addressing participants questions , fears and concerns in an open and safe environment

Afternoon Session: "Using Youth Theatre and Drama techniques to examine LGBTI+ characters". Led by Colin Thornton

This workshop will use Colin’s writing, in particular his play, Show Me Love, written with for Dublin Youth Theatre to further expand leaders understanding of LGBTI+ characters, to explore their representation on stage, and to support the artistic voice of LGBTI+ members.

Further information and booking: This training is provided free of charge but booking is essential as spaces are limited to 15 per workshop.

Dates: This one day training will take place in two locations in March. Tea / coffee and lunch will be provided on the day of the training.

  • Saturday March 2nd – The Garage Theatre, Monaghan. 10am – 5pm
  • Saturday March 9th – The LAB, Foley street, Dublin. 10am – 5pm

The closing date for bookings is Wednesday, 26th February. To book a space, please email Eoghan Doyle at eoghan@youththeatre.ie with your preferred date or contact us at 01-8781301 for further information.

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