Young people aged 14 to 25-years-old can now apply for the National Youth Theatre’s legendary courses taking place in 2016, including a brand new three week technical course.
Anyone interested in building a career in the performing arts can apply by 31 January to take part in one of a series of training courses led by top industry professionals, and follow in the footsteps of NYT alumni including Dame Helen Mirren, Daniel Craig, Chiwetel Ejiofor CBE and Sir Daniel Day Lewis.
NYT’s Artistic Director Paul Roseby explained: “Whether you’ve never done drama before in your life or it’s the only thing you’re passionate about, if you’re interested in exploring your creative talent we want to meet you in 2016. As our former members in the entertainment industry and beyond prove, anything’s possible but it starts with an audition or interview.”
Applicants who are successful at their auditions, which will take place across the country in the first two months of 2016, will have the chance to gain experience and learn expertise on the organisation’s Junior Acting Course, Senior Acting Course, Epic Stages Course or the brand new extended technical course for those interested in everything from costume to stage management.
Since its formation in 1956, NYT has built an unparalleled reputation for introducing young people into the world of theatre. Playwright and actor Sarah Solemani described her experience auditioning for the organisation as life changing, explaining: “It gave me world class training, introduced me into the industry and gave me friends for life. I wouldn’t have the career I have now without it.”
Former NYT Member and Doctor Who star Matt Smith echoed her sentiment, saying: “The National Youth Theatre is the reason I’m an actor. It’s given me great confidence, opportunity and life-long friends. I got an agent through performing with NYT and now I’m a professional actor who’s working. It completely transformed my life. No understatement.”
Full details of the audition process, how to apply, the courses on offer for successful applicants and bursaries available can be found on the NYT’s website.