Backstage Interviews | Ages 16-25

Find your stage | Interview for National Youth Theatre 

16-25, love theatre and want to join our vital backstage teams? 

Applications are now open for where backstage interviews in Birmingham, Manchester and London to meet young people who have a creative flare for design and making theatre happen. 

Looking for inspiration? Check out our video with advice from National Youth Theatre Alumnus and Designer Gareth Pugh. 


  • Backstage Technical

    London - The Platform, Holloway

    Sun 23 February 2020 10:00AM

  • Backstage Technical

    London - National Youth Theatre (Main Space)

    Sun 01 March 2020 10:00AM

  • Backstage Technical

    Manchester - Royal Exchange Theatre

    Sat 07 March 2020 10:00AM

  • Backstage Technical

    Birmingham - Mac Arts

    Sun 15 March 2020 10:00AM

  • Backstage Technical

    London - The Platform, Holloway

    Sat 21 March 2020 10:00AM


The National Youth Theatre Backstage Courses are three week industry-led courses for young people aged 16 – 25 who have successfully interviewed to join the National Youth Theatre as a Backstage Member.

Build your portfolio, expand your experience and gain feedback from 1:1 mentoring sessions. Find your stage in 2020. 

You will learn about and can choose to specialise in one of the following departments: 

Costume Design and Making 
Lighting, Video and Projection 
Set Design & Scenic Construction 
Sound Design and Composition 
Stage Management

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 the world of backstage is new to you, it's a great way to try something new and develop your interest in a specific field.

Key Dates
January 2020 - March 2020 | Backstage Interviews take place across the UK 
May 2020 | Results Day

Summer 2020 | Summer Intake Course Dates.

Backstage Course (Ages 16-25) 

Backstage Course guide 

How can the NYT help me take part? 

Wherever possible we work at fully accessible venues. If you have a question about the accessibility of a venue, or have any access requirements please get in touch ahead of your audition day on

We offer a range of bursaries to help those facing financial hardship in order to take part in our auditions, courses and productions as well as help with travel expenses, course fees and living costs. 

The NYT Bursary Fund - Find out more and how to apply here