How to get involved


There are plenty of ways to get involved in National Youth Theatre. If you're aged between 14-25, you can apply to join National Youth Theatre and be in with the chance of getting involved in our shows or long term training schemes. Over 25, and an early career director? Take a look at our Bryan Forbes Assistant Director Bursary to see how you can get involved 

Online Masterclasses

Acting for Screen and Self-Taping

Comedy and Improvisation


Writing for Stage and Screen

Performing Shakespeare on Stage and Screen

Join National Youth Theatre 

National Auditions and Backstage Interviews  
(Annual, January – March, Various Locations across the UK)  

Every year from January-March we run auditions and backstage interviews all over the UK to meet young talent aged 14-25 to join our company. If successful, applicants are invited to take part in a summer course. If you're 19-25, you'll either be offered a space on our three week Senior Course or month long Epic Stages Course. 

After you complete your summer course, you'll become a National Youth Theatre Company Member until you turn 26. 

Opportunities for NYT Company Members

Company Membership – (Graduates of: Acting and Backstage Membership Courses) 

As a Company Member you can take part in our prestigious shows, free workshops, get access to TV & Film castings, auditions, ticket offers and many more opportunities within the organisation.  

Creative Leadership Training – (Company Members) 

Our free directing and facilitation training for company members over the age of 18. Ideal for aspiring arts leaders and directors to gain experience working with young performers.   

Be part of an NYT Production – (Company Membership only, Seasonal) 

Every year we produce a season of ambitious shows to platform young talent and support emerging directors and writers. Working with some of the UK’s top theatres and arts venues, our productions give young people the opportunity to learn on high-profile platforms on stage or backstage. Learn more about our upcoming season and past productions

Opportunities for non-members

Club Membership – (Online membership)

Club membership is a great way to prepare and join the NYT network before auditioning to join as a company member. Take advantage of exclusive ticket offers, access to online advice from NYT directors and associates and quarterly NYT events and open days.

Masterclasses - ( throughout the year and during academic holidays, online and at various locations across the UK) 

NYT masterclasses are the perfect way to brush up your skills, prepare for an audition or get involved with something new. Get involved in our digital masterclasses in Acting for Screen and Self-Taping, Performing Shakespeare, Writing for Stage and Screen and Comedy and Improvisaion. 

We also periodically run masterclasses in Audition Technique, Writing and Directing and Digital Storytelling. Open to both company members and non-members

Playing Up - (Aimed at those not in education, employment or training) 

Open to both company membes and non-members, Playing Up is a free OCN Level 3 accredited 9 month drama training programme, offering young people aged 19-24 the opportunity to gain an Access to Higher Education Diploma in Theatre Arts.

Stepping Up - (Aimed at those not in education, employment or training)

Open to both company membes and non-members, Playing Up is an OCN Level 2 accredited 13 week drama training programme, offering young people aged 19-25 the opportunity to gain a Certificate in Progression in Theatre Arts. 

Bryan Forbes Assistant Director Bursary - (Emerging Directors under 30)  

An opportunity for one emerging director to train alongside the NYT REP Company supported by a £10,000 bursary. 

A London Theatre Experience - Three week summer course 

A London Theatre Experience is a three-week National Youth Theatre course designed to offer a fully immersive experience in theatre making whilst developing your talent in the heart of London’s ‘Theatreland’. This exclusive programme will also offer you the opportunity to perform on stage at top theatre venue the heart of London’s West End to an invited audience. 


  • National Auditions
  • Six Day Masterclasses
  • Club Membership
  • Epic Stages
  • Company Membership
  • Creative Pathways
  • Productions
  • A London Theatre Experience