What we do

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We help make the lives of young people better through youth theatre.

Since 2004, YTAS has played an instrumental role in building and supporting a vibrant and vital youth theatre sector in Scotland through a combination of youth theatre projects, training and professional development, information and advocacy.

Our Projects

We run a range of projects to help introduce youth into the world of theatre, whether it’s through performance or as a practitioner. Discover our current projects below.

CLUB Teatru Manoel Youth Theatre Fri 18 November 2016 Chrysalis Traverse Theatre Edinburgh photographer Andy Catlin 2496
Directors’ Development Programme 2022-2023
The youth theatre Directors' Development Programme is an eight-month mentoring and development programme for eight selected directors. The programme will run from August 2022 to March 2023.
BUZZ Network
Leading arts organisations from Scotland, Ireland, Norway, Belgium and Germany have been awarded funding from the Creative Europe programme of the European Union to cross-pollinate youth theatre practice across the continent for the first time.
Swap Shop Live Research Sat 26 March 2022 YTAS Interchange Perth Theatre © photographer Andy Catlin www.andycatlin.com 4489
Research: Evidencing the Long-Term Impact of Youth Theatre Participation
We’re excited to tell you about some research we’re undertaking, evidencing the long-term impact of youth theatre participation in an attempt to prove what we all anecdotally know to be true: youth theatre changes lives.
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New Territory
Funded by the Scottish Government’s CashBack for Creativity Targeted Fund, New Territory was a partnership project between Youth Theatre Arts Scotland, Toonspeak Young People’s Theatre and Ignite Theatre delivered across Glasgow, Inverclyde, North Lanarkshire and West Lothian.
Little Red Ensemble Emergence Sat 17 November 2018 Traverse Theatre Edinburgh ∏ photographer Andy Catlin www.andycatlin.com 9635
Research: Sector Review 2020
In September 2020 we conducted the Youth Theatre in Scotland Sector Review, where we asked the sector to tell us more about the youth theatre activity they run. This helped us capture the big picture of the sector, and identify the ways we can develop further.
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I ♥ YT
I ♥ YT was a week-long celebration of online youth theatre. It took place from 23 – 28 November 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Our grant streams focus on development for people who use drama and theatre in their work with young people, as well as for member youth theatres.

Firefly Arts Dark Mechanics Thu 16 November 2017 Traverse Theatre Edinburgh photographer Andy Catlin • www.andycatlin.com 2861
Bursaries: Directors’ Development Programme 2022-2023
Firefly - Have Heart Know Fear Rehearsal - Fri 5 July 2019 - NFYT 2019 (photographer Andy Catlin • www.andycatlin.com)-5327 National Festival of Youth Theatre
Access Bursaries: National Festival of Youth Theatre 2022
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Grants for Youth Theatre 2021

Our events

We run a range of projects to help introduce youth into the world of theatre, whether it’s through performance or as a practitioner

Youth Theatre Arts Scotland
Fri 1 Jul 2022: 10am
National Festival of Youth Theatre 2022


View our resources for youth theatre groups, theatres, practitioners and  professionals

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Workshops: Rowanbank Environmental Arts & Education
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Find a youth theatre

Browse our network of member organisations from across Scotland and begin your journey into youth theatre

Find a practitioner

Explore our directory of accomplished youth theatre professionals and find the talent you need


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