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We run a range of projects that benefit young people, youth groups, and their leaders. 

As youth theatre has evolved as a practice and an art form in Scotland, YTAS has listened to the changing needs and aspirations of its sector. In our development role we have identified and responded to gaps in provision, provided participatory projects which have transformed young lives, and led the way in sector research which has informed future developments.

Latest Projects

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 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.

Past Projects

Get inspired by our past projects.

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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 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.
Networking Sat 26 March 2022 YTAS Interchange Perth Theatre © photographer Andy Catlin 4675
Regional Development
Between 2017 and 2020, YTAS carried out focussed regional development activity to address gaps in Scotland’s youth theatre network by establishing new (and strengthening existing) regional creative and educational partnerships.
Hide Seek Gaiety Young Company NFYT 2017 Fri 7 July 2017 Ayr Scotland photographer Andy Catlin 2924
Young Arts Leaders 2016
Seven of Scotland’s brightest young theatre-makers were chosen to work with some of the country’s top theatre practitioners as part of a twelve-month Young Arts Leaders programme to encourage a new generation of arts leaders and producers within their own communities.
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Research: Sector Review 2015
We wanted to review the information that we held about the youth theatre sector in Scotland, to inform our understanding of stakeholders and explore ways to best engage with the youth theatre sector in Scotland.


Our members are located throughout Scotland and together they are responsible for the majority of youth theatre activity delivered across the country

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