Auditions and Backstage Interviews

Accessibility and Bursaries


We are looking for a company who represent the diversity of Britain’s Youth. We celebrate individuals and do not discriminate on the basis of ethnicity, gender, sexuality or disability. If you require any assistance on your audition day or course, or have any access needs please don’t hesitate to contact us on

You can read about our wide range of access programmes and free opportunities here.     


As a youth arts charity equality and inclusion are at the core of our charitable aims. Bursaries are available on request to help cover the cost of an audition, course fees, or NYT projects to those most in need. The NYT Bursary Fund is in high demand so we ask you only to apply for a bursary if you are experiencing financial hardship. They are means tested and will be offered to help cover transport, course fees, subsitence or accommodation costs should you be successful in gaining a place.

To apply for a bursary to cover the cost of an audition, course or NYT project please download and complete the application form*, and provide a reference
*Please note these forms are not applicable for Summer Intake Courses. Bursary application forms for Summer Intake Courses will be sent on with your results on 2nd May. 

What is the National Youth Theatre Bursary Fund? 

The National Youth Theatre Bursary fund provides financial support to help young people overcome specific barriers to participation. It exists to enable participants to take part in activity provided by the National Youth Theatre. These activities include the participation in auditions, courses and our productions. 

What can I expect financial support with?

Bursaries are available to part or fully cover transport, course fees or accommodation costs, depending on your current situation, and subsitence. 

Who is the NYT Bursary Fund for? 

To be eligible you must be facing financial hardship preventing you from participating in our work. While anyone is free to apply for the bursary fund to help support participation, priority will be given to those: 
•    In care
•    Care leavers
•    In receipt of Income Support, or Universal Credit in place of Income Support, in their own right
•    In receipt of Employment and Support Allowance or Universal Credit and Disability Living or Personal Independence Payments in their own right
•    In recipient of Free School Meals 
How is my application reviewed and when will I find out?

Applications are reviewed in three stages by the senior management team at the National Youth Theatre. Every application is highly confidential and the information you provide will not be shared with any unauthorised staff member. 

Once you have submitted your form to, please allow up ten working days for us to review it and provide you with an outcome. Within this time you will receive a letter via email from our finance team. 

How to apply

To apply for a bursary to cover the cost of an audition, course or NYT project please download and complete the application form, and provide a reference 


We can't always assist everyone who applies for a bursary and we give priority those most in need. We would therefore also encourage you to fundraise if you can alongside your bursary application. 
Every year young people fundraise the full amount of their audition and course fees in order to take part. Please check out our guide to fundraising your audition or course experience.

You might also find this fundraising A-Z helpful, as well as this six-step guide

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