Backstage Courses

Applications now open!


The National Youth Theatre Backstage Courses are three week industry-led courses for young people aged 16 – 23* who have successfully interviewed to join the National Youth Theatre as a Backstage Member. You can choose to specialise in one of the following faculties: 

  • Stage Management
  • Lighting
  • Sound 
  • Costume 
  • Scenery & Construction 

*You need to be aged 16-23 by 1st August 2018. 

Whether you are interested in lighting, sound, scenic construction, stage management or costume, there could be a role for you to be a part of our epic shows amongst our vital backstage teams. Led by industry experts with backstage visits and tours to top theatre venues, our backstage courses give you practical experience that will help you develop your interest and technical knowledge within your chosen field.

The courses cater for all levels of experience. So, if you have knowledge in your field already, our industry professional tutor will be able to stretch you, or if you are brand new to backstage it's a great way to try something new and develop your interest in a specific field. 

If you are interested in applying to join our backstage programme you will need to attend a ‘backstage experience day’. The day is designed for you to see all elements of our backstage courses, while applying for the faculty you would like to develop your skills in. 

We're holding experience days in London, Manchester, Birmingham and Bristol. Book your experience day now and save on our limited early bird offer. 

If you are based further afield and are unable to attend an experience day but would like to be considered for our backstage opportunities you can book a Skype interview, however we do encourage applicants to attend an experience day whenever possible to get the most out of the day. 

"In our view, one of the best technical theatre courses for young people. Some of our best started here". WonderWorks 


  • For ages 16 - 23
  • Three week summer course
  • Leads to NYT company membership
  • 2018 Interviews now open


Course Guide

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  • Backstage Technical

    London - National Youth Theatre (Studio)

    Sun 25 March 2018 10:00AM

  • Backstage Technical

    London - National Youth Theatre

    Sun 15 April 2018 10:00AM

  • Backstage Technical

    Bristol - Hamilton House

    Sat 21 April 2018 10:00AM

  • Backstage Technical

    Birmingham - The Old Rep Theatre

    Sat 28 April 2018 10:00AM


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