As part of the NYT’s ongoing commitment to outreach and access, today marks the launch of NYT’s new Auditions Access Fund, supported by NYT Alumnus and Patron Hugh Bonneville, which will grant £37,500 over three years to fund free preparation workshops, auditions and bursaries at 30 schools and youth groups around Great Britain which have cut drama provision.
Find out more and how your school or youth group can get involved here: www.nyt.org.uk/AAFund
NYT Patron and alumnus Hugh Bonneville said:
"The chance for young people to explore their creative talents is essential for their development. For some, taking part in drama can inspire a career in the creative industries; for all, it provides invaluable skills, building confidence in communication and self-expression. The decline of drama in schools and cuts to local youth theatre groups is a reality, which is why I am establishing the NYT Audition Access Fund. This initiative will give young talent in specially selected areas of the country where access to drama is under threat the chance to audition for and experience the National Youth Theatre for free. Becoming a member of the NYT changed my life and I’m delighted to be playing my part in giving the next generation a similar opportunity."