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Youth Theatre – Workshop Opportunities

Date: 11-05-2022

Mayo County Council Arts Service in partnership with Youth Theatre Ireland will run two events aimed at the youth theatre sector in Mayo.  We are hosting an online session on May 23rd and an in-person event on May 30th in Castlebar.  Those interested can attend one or both events, however we would encourage you to attend both events.

Established in 1999, MYT sought to promote, develop and support high quality youth theatre in the county, with an emphasis on personal and social development in tandem with the attainment of artistic excellence.

Mayo County Council Arts Service recognises the importance and power of Youth Theatre and what it brings to the lives of young people.

The youth theatre is at a critical stage in its development in the county and we are taking several steps to address this change.  The workshops being provided here are a first phase in determining the future of youth theatre in Mayo.

Who might attend the events?

  • People working in services such as youthwork, training, education, library service
  • Drama or stage schoolteachers, theatre practitioner/artist, performing arts graduate, former youth theatre member, amateur drama member

This is by no means an exhaustive list!

  1. Online Zoom session | Monday 23rd May

On Monday 23rd of May Mayo County Council Arts Service and Youth Theatre Ireland are hosting an online zoom session for interested stakeholders (organisations/individuals (over 18)).  The session will run 3pm to 5pm.  If you are interested in attending, please register as per details below.

This online Zoom session will be followed up by an in-person day on Monday the 30th of May.

  1. Drama Facilitation Workshop and Consultation Process: Monday 30th May (In person).

The morning will be devoted to a free workshop for anyone interested in upskilling in their facilitation practice and learning more about Youth Theatre.

Led by expert facilitators from Youth Theatre Ireland, the workshop will give you:

  • Practical experience of tools for leading drama workshops with groups
  • Exercises to take away and combine with your own work
  • Information on a new part-time QQI accredited Drama Facilitation Training Course, beginning September 2022*.

* Mayo County Council Arts Service will provide a limited number of bursaries to cover the fees of the course starting in September 2022.

People will be required to provide evidence of the offer of the place.

Bursaries will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.  Value of the bursary €150.

This training is aimed at anyone interested in developing additional skills for using theatre in their work with young people.

This will be followed by a short consultation session with attendees, which will inform the future direction of youth theatre in Mayo.  

A light lunch will be provided on the day.

Summary of Events.




Online/In Person

May 23rd

3pm to 5pm

Information on youth theatre and identifying the current providers.


May 30th

11am to 1pm



2pm to 3:30pm

Drama Facilitation Workshop


Consultation Process on the future of MYT.


*a light lunch will be provided.

In Person. Castlebar.





*a minimum of 8 participants are required for the event to proceed.

To Register:  E-mail Orlagh Heverin, Assistant Arts Officer, Mayo County Council to register your interest in attending one or both of the above events. +353 (0) 94 9064367.  The above events are free of charge.   Registration closes May 23rd at 12pm.

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