If you are thinking of forming a career in theatre and in particular acting on stage or screen, then joining a youth theatre can be the start of this process. There are hundreds of clubs, groups and classes that you can join. You will find that each youth theatre operates in different ways, but they each will provide the following:
- Working with a trained teacher/leader on acting and theatre.
- Exploring acting techniques.
- Putting on a play/show with fellow class members in either a theatre or rehearsal room.
- Working with like minded people of the same age.
There are many youth theatres to choose from, ranging from professional theatres operating young peoples theatre classes to small community amateur dramatic societies. Of course youth theatres are not just for people wanting to pursue acting professionally – they can be anyone with an interest in theatre or acting!
Below are a list of professional theatres that operate youth groups or young peoples theatre clubs by professionally trained actors/directors/practitioners.
Youth Theatres in London
Based at the Battersea Arts Centre (The BAC), they offer three different Young Peoples Theatre Company courses. The groups are broken down into three age ranges. The BAC YPT often perform at the BAC and hold festival of young peoples work.
Bloomsbury Young People’s Theatre
Held at the Bloomsbury Theatre, they have two different aged groups that aim to bring “drama theory and practice to life and contribute to a wider understanding of the arts whilst empowering you to critically examine the world around you”
Half Moon Young People’s Theatre
The work of this theatre is exceptional, a whole theatre dedicated to the work of young people. Can we think of a better youth theatre then? No auditions needed, just a love of theatre.
Lyric Young Company
Costing only £5/year to join, the Lyric Young Company are a bold and diverse company held within the Lyric Theatre Hammersmith.
National Youth Theatre
The flagship organisation of youth theatres. The National Youth Theatre are a nationwide organisation who work extensively with professional theatre directors and actors to teach young people. They audition everyone and they produce huge shows across the UK. It doesn’t get better than this.
Orange Tree Youth Theatre
Four different groups of varying ages attending classes at the Orange Tree Theatre, ending each term with a performance in the legendary round theatre space of the Orange Tree Theatre.
Oval House Youth Arts
Costing only £2/per session the Oval House Theatre bring their Youth Arts of drama and dance classes. Those who show dedication and enthusiasm can join the Oval House Theatre Company and work on in-house productions.
Unicorn Theatre Young Company
Like the Halfmoon Theatre, The Unicorn Theatre are a custom built theatre for children and young people. Youth Theatre aimed at 16-19 year olds, working with professional theatre directors.