Who we are

Youth Theatre Arts Scotland is a development organisation.

 Our role is to unify and empower Scotland’s youth theatre sector and we deliver our work through:

  • Support, Information and Advocacy Services
  • Youth Theatre Arts Projects and Services
  • Training and Professional Development Opportunities

Since we were established in 2004 the success of our work has led to considerable growth in the scale, diversity and impact for youth theatre arts in Scotland. We lead and support a thriving and diverse sector:

  • 28,500 young people are involved in youth theatre activity across Scotland.
  • Our organisation currently supports over 100 members operating throughout all 32 local authorities.
  • More than 1,000 professionals have attended our annual professional development events.

Scotland’s youth theatre participants embody our sector’s diversity:

  • 30% come from areas of multiple deprivation.
  • 15% are either deaf, hard of hearing, visually or physically impaired.
  • 15% have additional learning requirements.
  • The majority of our member youth theatres provide weekly activities for £0-£5/week and offer financial support.

Youth Theatre Arts Scotland remains committed to strengthening our sector to ensure high quality experiences are offered across the country and more young lives are transformed through youth theatre.


YTAS’ Commitment to the Living Wage

At the beginning of March this year, The Living Wage Foundation, in partnership with Poverty Alliance, happily announced that YTAS is now accredited as a Living Wage employer. This commitment will see everyone working at YTAS, regardles of whether they are permanent employees or third-party contractors and suppliers; receive a minimum hourly wage of £8.75 – significantly higher than the national minimum wage of £7.50.

The Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually. The Living Wage is calculated according to the basic cost of living using the ‘Minimum Income Standard’ for the UK. Decisions about what to include in this standard are set by the public; it is a social consensus about what people need to make ends meet.

“Youth Theatre Arts Scotland pays the Living Wage to all its employees. It highlights how our values and role in Scotland’s cultural development underpin the work we do with Youth Theatre professionals and young people.”

Kenny McGlashan, YTAS CEO.

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