National Convention of Youth Drama

An inspiring meeting place for everyone who uses drama and theatre in their work with young people
Friday 23 & Saturday 24 March 2018
Macrobert Arts Centre, Stirling
Booking now open
YTAS Members £75-£140, Under 25s £60-£100, Non-members £85-£180.

Youth Theatre Arts Scotland is proud to present Scotland’s first ever National Convention of Youth Drama in partnership with Macrobert Arts Centre and in celebration of Scotland’s Year of Young People 2018.

Last year Oxford Dictionaries selected Youthquake’ – a significant cultural, political, or social change arising from the actions or influence of young people – as their word of the year. In support of the current youthquake, the National Convention of Youth Drama invites you to join us to explore the role that drama and theatre can play in enriching young people’s lives.

This two-day gathering of passionate and curious thinkers, doers and makers from the arts, community and education sectors aims to; inspire new ideas, spark epiphanies, foster debate, share skills and connect new partners.

We will work together to imagine, define and start to build the future sector we want for our young people. One in which they can grow and flourish as critical and creative thinkers, confident leaders and valuable contributors to their own communities.

We look forward to welcoming you to be a part of this unique and vital event.

The Convention will cater for:

  • Drama workshop leaders and assistants (voluntary and professional)
  • Primary and secondary drama teachers
  • Youth workers and community learning professionals
  • Theatre practitioners
  • Further and higher education students of drama, teaching or the performing arts

Event Details & Full Programme

Speakers & Contributors

YTAS Portraits_0005_Jackie Wylie Jackie Wylie
Artistic Director and Chief Executive
National Theatre of Scotland
 YTAS Portraits_0013_Stephanie-Arsoska-Little-Red-Theatre.jpg Stephanie Arsoska
Theatre Maker/Facilitator
Little Red Theatre
 YTAS Portraits_0001_Christie-OCarroll Christie O’Carroll
Associate Director
Reading Rep
YTAS Portraits_0004_Heather Cassidy Heather Cassidy
Education & Pathways Associate
Dundee Rep
 YTAS Portraits_0003_Gemma Connell Gemma Connell
Artistic Director
The Artifact
 YTAS Portraits_0009_Marion Geoffray Marion Geoffray
Theatre Sans Accents
 YTAS Portraits_0002_Emma Hay Emma Hay
Planning Administrator
Edinburgh International Festival
 YTAS-Portraits-Cecilia Cecilia Knapp
Writer, poet, performer & theatre maker
YTAS Portraits_0012_Rosie Reid.jpeg Rosie Reid
KIN project, Vox Liminis
Co-directs Junction 25
 YTAS Portraits_0000_Catherine Wilson Catherine Wilson
Project Manager, Staged for Life
Organiser, Loud Poets
YTAS Portraits_0007_Kat Wilson Kat Wilson
Freelance workshop facilitator/project coordinator, Scotrail
YTAS Portraits_0010_Rachel Jury Rachel Jury
 YTAS Portraits_0011_Ramesh Meyyappan Ramesh Meyyappan
Theatre Creator
& Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
YTAS Portraits_0008_Lauren Oakes Lauren Oakes
Creative Learning Co-ordinator (Drama), Horsecross Arts
Director, Perth Autism Support Youth Theatre



* Membership of YTAS is open to all. Find out how to join.

  • Booking deadline: 12pm, Wednesday 21 March 2018.
  • Ticket prices are not inclusive of travel or accommodation.
  • Sign-up for Friday sessions will take place on the day on a first come, first served basis.
  • Sign-up for Saturday master classes will take place at the time of booking.
  • For all enquiries please email Catherine or call 0131 538 0591.

Creative Incubator Bursaries

We are delighted to be able to offer three bursaries for a 2-day ticket to YTAS members.

As a bursary recipient you will take part in both days of the Convention, participating in workshops and discussions of your choice on Friday 23 March, and taking part in our Creative Incubator on Saturday 24 March.

Click here to download full details and a Bursary Application Form [Word file]

Bursary Applications close on Monday 12 February 2018.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I become a YTAS Member?

YTAS welcomes a diverse range of youth groups, schools, organisations, freelance professionals and volunteers as members.

YTAS Membership is open to all and full details of how to join YTAS are available here.

How do I request an invoice?

We understand that some attendees may wish to pay by invoice rather than credit card, particularly if more than one person is attending from your organisaion.

If you would like to request an invoice please select this as your payment method upon checkout. YTAS will then forward your invoice by email.

How do I make a group booking?

If you would like to book tickets for more than one person and request an invoice for the total amount, the booking process requires you to complete a booking form for each individual attendee. Please select ‘request an invoice’ as your payment option upon checkout for EACH booking and we will then ensure that your tickets are processed together.


What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Macrobert Arts Centre is located at the heart of the University of Stirling Campus. Please visit the venue’s website to plan your journey.

There is a regular bus service between Stirling Railway Station and the venue.

There is limited paid parking available at Stirling University Campus (the venue location).

What’s the refund policy?

With regret, we are not able to offer refunds.
Please contact YTAS directly if you are no longer able to attend the event.

What if I have some more questions?

If you have any questions about this event please email YTAS at or call 0131 538 0591.