Our Mission

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We are Scotland’s development organisation for youth theatre

We work to help make young people’s lives better through the creativity and community of youth theatre arts.

We support and develop a sector which engages 14,000 young people every week (YTAS Sector Review, 2020).

We do this by providing:

  • a membership network which supports and connects over 100 youth theatre groups and freelance practitioners across Scotland
  • national and international youth theatre projects, festivals, and events;
  • workforce training and professional development; and
  • information services.

Our vision is for there to be universal access to quality youth theatre activity across Scotland, and for there to be universal recognition of its transformative impact. 

Each year:

  • 3,000 young people, professionals and volunteers attend our events and activities;
  • 13,000 young people benefit from the training and support we provide their leaders; and
  • 20,000 users access our online resources and communications

What is youth theatre?

We consider a youth theatre to be any group or organisation which engages young people, up to the age of 25, as active participants in theatre arts, and where their participation is central to the motivation of the creative process.

We believe that youth theatre is an ideal medium to encourage and explore the dreams and visions of young people, and to nurture their self-confidence. We aim for all youth theatre activity across Scotland to aspire to the highest standards of practice, ensuring that young people can enjoy a safe, inclusive and rewarding experience.

What we value

Helping others

Community

Collaboration

Excellence

Joy

Our Strategic Aims

A thriving network of youth theatres across Scotland
A confident and skilled youth theatre workforce
The impact of youth theatre on young people’s wellbeing, creativity and community is understood and supported

Our commitment to best practice

We have been an accredited Living Wage employer since 2016. This commitment ensures that everyone working at YTAS (regardless of whether they are permanent employees or third-party contractors and suppliers) receive a minimum hourly wage based on the cost of living.

We are committed to monitoring and managing our environmental impact, and are proud members of the Green Arts Initiative, an interactive community of Scottish arts organisations working to reduce their environmental impact.

YTAS is working towards a Silver Award in LGBT Youth Scotland’s Charter programme. This is a straightforward programme that enables organisations or schools to proactively include LGBT people in every aspect of their work, protecting staff and providing a high-quality service to users. YTAS fully supports LGBT Charter Rights, which aim to safeguard lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people’s human rights, and draw on international human rights and relevant UK and Scottish legislation.

All YTAS events and spaces, in-person or digital, are safe spaces where all identities are welcome. YTAS have a zero-tolerance policy against any bullying, which applies across all of our services, events, and communications channels. This includes but is not limited to: transphobia, homo or biphobia, racism, ableism, sexism, or class discrimination.

We’re on hand to help

Did you know that the YTAS team responds to around 100 requests each year for bespoke advice, support, or collaboration? These come from a wide variety of YTAS members, non-member drama groups, and youth arts and education stakeholders. Common queries include…

  • Help setting up a new youth theatre group or project to address identified local issues
  • Help promoting their events, training, opportunities, or resources
  • Help creating new company policies or improving their business practices
  • Specific queries related to concerns around funding, child protection, risk assessment, or Equalities, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI)
  • Requests for input into sector development research or consultation
  • Requests for assistance with international contacts or funding.

If you need help with these types of queries, or anything else, contact info@ytas.org.uk and we’ll make sure the right person gets back to you as soon as possible.

Our Partners

We work with a range of partner organisations from across Scotland to help develop the youth theatre sector.

SGSAH
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Robertson Trust

Further Reading

Here you can find our annual reports from years gone by, our annual accounts if you’re interested in that sort of thing, and other interesting reading about what we do here at YTAS.

Annual Reports

2019 – 2020

2018 – 2019

And if you’d like a walk back in time, here are our older ones: 2017 – 20182016 – 20172015 – 20162014 – 2015 and 2013 – 2014.

Annual Accounts

2022 – 2023 (Year ended 31 March 2023)

2021 – 2022 (Year ended 31 March 2022)

2020 – 2021 (Year ended 31 March 2021)

Policies and Procedures

Have a look at our EDI Policy.

Questions?

If you’d like to know more about YTAS and our memberships, please contact our team

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Our members are located throughout Scotland and together they are responsible for the majority of youth theatre activity delivered across the country

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