Acting Membership Course

Aged between 14-25? Want to be part of something epic? Apply to be part of the UK’s leading youth arts organisation at our annual intake auditions!

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Audition to gain a space on an NYT Acting Membership course over the summer with a professional director in London. Work with other young people from across the UK. Upon completion of the course be part of our membership and showcase your acting abilities through our thrilling productions, locally, nationally and internationally.


Become an NYT Member!

Book an audition for a Membership Course (Acting or Technical Theatre) and if successful at audition, you will attend a Membership Course which provides extensive talent development on theatre practice and equips members for NYT Membership.

Once a member, you can be cast in professional regional productions and West End NYT projects throughout each year as well as take advantage of many other membership opportunities such as free tickets, film and TV castings, workshops and Q&A's etc. Once you join, Membership lasts up until your 26th Birthday. 

As part of membership, you can also be considered to be part of the NYT REP Company - a group of members who train with us full time for a year, fully funded, as a free performance training initiative.


Acting Membership Course Details:

After a successful audition, if you are aged 14-17 you will gain a space on our Junior Acting Course; if you are aged 18-25 you will be invited on to our 3 week Senior Acting Course or a 4 week Epic Stages Course (for developing the skills of theatre-practitioners).

The courses involve a detailed and practical exploration of various performance techniques.


What to expect at the audition:

The Acting Audition will consist of a 3 hour group workshop in the morning from 10am - 1pm, and then an individual performance of your prepared 2 minute speech in the afternoon. The speech should be from a published play, learned by heart.

Our auditions are now open for our 2016 Summer. Please note you have 30 minutes to register, book and pay for your audition. If you have booked an audition before please login first and then book the audition. 

Full information on the audition process can be found here.


Course dates for summer 2016 are as follows:

Junior Acting Course - 1st - 14th August inclusive (£450)
Senior Acting Course - 15th August - 4th September (£695)
Epic Stages Course - 1st - 28th August inclusive (£989)

All intake courses will be held in London, and accommodation is available.


Fees and Funding

We have large bursary fund to help those in need cover the cost of auditions and course fees. Last year we gave over £100,000 in Bursaries to help applicants and members with financial costs. Unfortunately the NYT Bursary Fund can not stretch to cover Masterclass Course fees, it is exclusively for Membership Courses. To request an application pack, email

Summer courses 2016 Please Note: Due to the high demand for bursaries this year, we wont be able to give decisions until the 27th May  


If you are planning to commute from to Rose Bruford from the London regions, the most cost effect way to travel is by using a monthly season ticket with Southeastern from London Terminals to Sidcup costing £161.70. Check journey costs and travel times here: National Rail Season Tickets 


Acting applicants must be aged between 14* and 25** years old (on August 1st 2016) and be a UK resident or citizen to be eligible to apply.

*You can apply to join the National Youth Theatre at the age of 13 providing you will be 14 at the start of the intake course. You will notice our booking system will not allow you to book an audition if you are 13. Please apply as though you are a year older to bypass the system and then contact us via email stating your actual date of birth.
** You can apply to be a National Youth Theatre Member any time before your 26th Birthday. You can continue to be an active member in your 26th year. You can take part in a production at the age of 26, however you cannot apply to be in a production if you turn 27 within the performance dates.

Kindly note if you are successful in your application, identification will need to be provided before the course start date.
If you are unsure about your eligibility to join the NYT please call us on 020 3696 7066


Audition Locations:

Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Cornwall, Glasgow, Leeds, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Norwich, Plymouth, Salford, and Sheffield.



Results will be emailed to applicants by mid-April 2016. Head here for information. 



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Auditions Guide

Each year we reach out nationally to audition 5,000 young people across 30 towns and cities around the UK; from England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.


Each NYT season involves a variety of productions in theatres, outdoor site-specific venues and non-traditional theatre spaces, across the UK and internationally.


The National Youth Theatre now provide a range of courses which develop skills in Performance and Technical Theatre.

Courses and Auditions, when available will be on our What's On page.


The Epic Stages course is designed to equip the best young acting and production talent with the skills and knowledge needed to enter the industry.

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