The NYT REP Company

01 May 2018


Inspired by the traditional repertory theatre model, the NYT REP Company course offers free, practical, industry-based talent development in drama and performance over nine months to a company NYT members. 

"As good a way into the business of acting as any drama school"
Ian McKellen

"It’s always bracing to welcome the National Youth Theatre into the West End for its annual autumn repertory season, and this year’s 16-strong acting ensemble looks particularly potential-packed."
Fiona Mountford - Evening Standard review of Consensual 

“The NYT cast give a storming, nuanced ensemble performance and the show is more than a match for the best of the West End.” 
WhatsOnStage on the 2015 NYT REP show Consensual

Meet the 2019 NYT REP Company


• You must be a NYT Company Member aged 17-25 to apply
• Successful applicants will be versatile performers who are mature, responsible and self-starting.

How to Apply:

Casting Auditions for the REP take place from January each year. 

Information about applying for future REP Companies will appear here

Fees and Funding:

There are no course fees for the REP. Members can also apply for a bursary to support living costs. REP members can also apply for one £5000 bursary courtesy of the Clothworkers Foundation. We’re also able to provide support applying to other trusts and foundation. Each member of the REP also received creative and pastoral support from an individually assigned industry mentor.

“As a cheap but effective alternative to formal training it’s a brilliant idea.” The Times

The Bryan Forbes Assistant Director Bursary

This opportunity offers one emerging director the opportunity to become part of the NYT REP Company. The Bryan Forbes NYT REP Assistant Director support the work of the NYT REP Company, assistant directs the REP Company's productions, directs a scratch performance and receive mentoring from an industry professional. 

History of NYT Rep Company:

Following a pilot in 2012, our first official REP Company was formed in April 2013. Since then the REP has gone from strength-to-strength with three West End seasons and the vast majority of graduates being signed by agents and going on to professional success.

Read more here and here


  • Open to current NYT Company Members only
  • You must be 17-25 to apply
  • Free nine-month drama programme


Course Guide