Backstage Courses


Love theatre but not a performer? Apply now to join our vital backstage teams!

Every year the National Youth Theatre work with hundreds of young people aged between 16-25 who help bring our shows to life through their talents not just on stage, but backstage too.

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 develop your interest and technical knowledge within your chosen field.

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. You can choose to specialise in one of the following faculties: 

  • 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 you are brand new to backstage it's a great way to try something new and develop your interest in a specific field. 

Backstage Interviews on 28th and 25th April 
Please note that if your Backstage Interview day is the 28th April or 25th May we will be in touch with your results date soon.

Skype Interviews 
If you are selecting a Skype Interview, please disregard your automated email for public centre Backstage Interviews we will be in touch with a Skype Interview Pack to help you prepare for the day.

We appreciate how it may not be possible in some cases to travel to the site so we have extended the application process for our Backstage Course to Skype Interviews for the 31st March.
Skype Interview applicants will receive an extended 20 minute interview slot. 

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


  • For ages 16 - 25
  • Three week summer course
  • Leads to NYT company membership
  • 2019 Interviews now open


Course Guide

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  • Backstage Technical

    Skype Interview - Nationwide

    Sun 31 March 2019 10:00AM

  • Backstage Technical

    London - National Youth Theatre

    Sun 28 April 2019 10:00AM

  • Backstage Technical

    London - National Youth Theatre

    Sat 25 May 2019 10:00AM


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