National Youth Theatre is offering over 500 young Londoners creative mentoring opportunities. Combining NYT’s award-winning and industry-recognised training programmes with new focused support strands, young people will build skills, confidence, and networks that lead to creative careers.

Funded by the Greater London Authority New Deal for Young People, over 6 months you will receive group mentoring from the National Youth Theatre team, our Associate Artists, and other industry professionals.

Deadline: 10am, Monday 20 May

Introducing the Jamie Lloyd Company: Academy

In partnership with ATG Creative Learning, the Academy will work with lead facilitator Mika Onyx Johnson over 10 sessions to explore, create and develop as artists.

The group will work with Mika as well as other guest facilitators within the JLC style; using cinematography and explosive minimalism to explore reimagined classic texts.

Sessions will take place at 6 pm-8 pm on Mondays, beginning w/c 27th May in London and will culminate with a showcase to industry professionals and JLC friends and family w/c 22nd July.

The Optimists offers an introduction to the craft of producing in a professional context and building professional networks by de-mystifying the financial, administrative, and organisational aspects of producing.

This year's Optimist Summer 2024 course is suitable for emerging producers, artists, and creative practitioners, based in the West Midlands, who are hoping to develop their skills as professional producers, or as a producer of their own work, in the subsidised arts sector.

Drawing on China Plate’s extensive experience and real examples in theatre producing, the Optimists provides knowledge and insight on the practicalities of making, funding, touring, and promoting your work. The Optimists course is led by China Plate, with the support of guest industry experts and speakers.

The course is open to those working across different art forms (e.g., dance, live art, spoken word, etc) but has a particular focus on producing and touring live work in the theatre industry.

Participants should have at least 12 months of professional/industry experience in the arts sector – it is not aimed at those who have recently graduated or who are completely new to working in the arts sector. This course is not appropriate for those with more than 3 years of professional experience working as a producer.

Sessions: 10 in-person sessions taking place over 7 weeks
Dates: Between Saturday 15th June and Saturday 3rd August 2024
Location: Venues across the West Midlands
Spaces: For up to 20 participants

Costs:
For freelancers/individuals: £480 per person (inclusive of VAT)
For organisations:  £660 per person (inclusive of VAT)

Bursaries covering the full cost of the course will be available to those who have faced racism, discrimination and/or cultural barriers due to their ethnicity, disability, D/deafness, gender identity or socio-economic background – please refer to the application guidelines for more information.

We are hosting two online information sessions on Wednesday 8th May and Wednesday 15th May - these will provide an opportunity to find out more about the course and ask any additional questions that you may have. If this is something you feel you would find useful, please sign up to attend: https://bit.ly/OP24Info

Deadline for applications will be 12pm (midday) on Friday 24th May

Please visit our website for more information about the course, including application guidelines and details on how to apply: https://chinaplatetheatre.com/opportunities Accessible formats are available, including BSL & captioned and audio introductions about the course, alongside large print formats.

If you have any questions, please contact our Training & Development Producer Kristina through the email address below.

Connections is the National Theatre’s annual, nationwide youth theatre festival. The programme is 30 years old and has a history of championing the talent of young people from across the UK.

Applications for Connections 2025 are now open, and will close on Monday 8 July 2024 at midday.

Every year, Connections commissions new plays for young people to perform. The programme brings together some of the UK’s most exciting writers with the theatre-makers of tomorrow. In 23/24, we worked with over 250 youth companies from every corner of the UK.

Access to Work can help you get or stay in work if you have a physical or mental health condition or disability.

The support you get will depend on your needs. Through Access to Work, you can apply for:

Creative Youth Network (CYN) is committed to providing young people with new and exciting opportunities to broaden their skills and prepare them for life as an adult.


Creative Youth Network is a growing charity working with young people across the West of England.  By building long lasting relationships, offering courses, support, drop ins and a range of arts and performance programmes we aim to help vulnerable young people reach their full potential. 


Creative Youth Network also owns and manages a number of properties where we run our youth services, such as youth clubs and events. Trustees are volunteers with a passion for young people. The trustee role is unpaid, but the money you spend on travelling to meetings can be claimed and reimbursed. A full induction will be provided, and trustees are expected to attend around 7 meetings a year along with a half day strategic planning session. 

Energy Train is a free 6-week course for people aged 15+ and living with a disability. Hosted at the Millennium Forum, you will learn DJ skills from Oliver Brown and Silver Fox Entertainment DJ Compere Kevin Boyle.

Please email Lisa for more information.

Following support from the GeeWizz Charitable Foundation, Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds are delighted to offer SENsory Youth Theatre.

These groups support young people who identify as learning disabled, neurodivergent, having SEN, or other social, emotional, and mental health needs. These groups give them the opportunity to participate in creative play within a fun, friendly, and accessible environment.

SENsory Youth Theatre starts a new term in January at Theatre Royal!
- Juniors (Ages 4 - 12) every Tuesday 4:15 - 4:50
- Seniors (Ages 13 - 18) every Tuesday 5 - 5:50

Spinning Wheel is a sensory movement and music project for adults with complex needs.

We use music and movement to create sessions that bring enjoyment, engagement and creativity and promote communication and partnership between participants and carers.

Spinning Wheel sessions are currently taking place online as 1:1 Zoom workshops. Our expert facilitators provide movement and music activities via Zoom, as well as training carers and family members in Spinning Wheel techniques to use at home.

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