Stepping Up


Following on from the success of our Playing Up Company we are pleased to announce Stepping Up! 

What is the National Youth Theatre’s Stepping Up Company Course & How do I apply?

Stepping Up is a OCNLR Level 2 accredited 4 month drama training programme, offering young people aged 19 - 24 who have not yet achieved a full level 2 qualification the opportunity to gain a Certificate in Progression in Theatre Arts.

Graduates from Stepping Up's sister course Playing Up include BAFTA Breakthrough BRIT and star of BBC1’s Three Girls Ria Zmitrowicz, Eastenders star Seraphina Beh who is currently starring in The Wolves at Stratford East and Alice Vilanculo who’s current appearing as Queen Victoria at the Soho Theatre as part of the NYT REP West End Season. 

Applications for 2019 are currently open, please complete the online application form here. We welcome self referrals and referrals from statutory, voluntary and charitable organisations on behalf of an applicant. 


Apply now

Please complete and submit the online application form by 1pm on 7th December 2018. Late applications can not be considered unless places have not yet been filled.

For more information about Stepping Up or to discuss access needs or the referral process please get in touch with Emily Doherty (Project Manager), at

Am I eligible for a free place?

Places are available to NYT members and non- members. You are eligible for a FREE place if you are: 

  • 19 – 23 year olds (you must be 19 or over on 31st August 2018) 
  • You do not yet hold a full level 2 qualification (You have not yet achieved 5 GCSE’s A-C or a BETEC Level 2 Diploma or equivalent)

Funded places are only available to young people who fulfil the criteria above. Enrolment for those that are 24 years old on 31st August 2018 is still possible if you are registered unemployed and are in receipt of benefits. However students in this position would need to pay a fee to cover the materials of the course.

Throughout the course participants receive a travel bursary of up to £5 per day, free theatre tickets, pastoral and academic support.

What should I expect during the Stepping Up Company Course?

The course focuses on performance skills such as physical theatre, improvisation, devising, and performance skills. There is also a focus on development of confidence and study skills such as team building and leadership which allows you to explore your strengths and areas for development. In the last weeks of the course the group will work towards a Final Sharing which will be performed to an invited audience.

When and where is the course?

This course runs part time for 4 months from January 2019 – April 2019. The course builds in intensity starting with 1 day a week from January – February and then moving to 1.5 days a week until Easter when the course runs full time for 2 weeks.

How many people take part?

The Stepping Up Company is made up of 14 members.

What happens after the course?

Following this unique 4 month programme Stepping Up students receive support to apply for a place on the NYT Playing Up Level 3 Access to HE course.

National Youth Theatre would like to thank the following people and organisations for their support of Stepping Up: City and Islington College, London and Quadrant Charitable Foundation.