YTAS invites LGBTQIA+ artists, practitioners, managers and assistants to join this workshop on designing a safer youth theatre sector.
Youth theatres should be fun, creative, inclusive and safe spaces for everyone – including the artists and staff who run them!
In 2023, YTAS began a year-long journey to complete the LGBT Youth Scotland Silver Charter award as we continue to strive to be as inclusive and organisation as possible and to better support our diverse sector. This event is the first public celebration of our charter journey alongside our sector, and we need your help.
This initial conversation will focus on creating a vision for our collective future. We want to hear about the current challenges and strengths of our sector where it concerns LGBTQIA+ people, both participants and leaders and your ideas for how YTAS can better support, celebrate and protect LGBTQIA+ people through our role.
This is a Swap Shop within the Youth Theatre for Everyone theme! Come prepared to share, discuss, and try out new ideas in a supportive and friendly environment. Given the nature of this discussion, some conversations might be uncomfortable, and we ask that you only share as much as you are comfortable with sharing, and no one will be pressured to discuss personal experiences. If you would like to be involved in the discussion but are not comfortable in the open forum, please feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org directly.
Helen Bain (YTAS General Manager) and Emma Barr (YTAS Sector Development Manager)
Who is it for?
Practitioners: For those on the front line of creative delivery. Training that is for ‘practitioners’ is for anyone who engages directly with young people in the creative process.
Managers: For those of you who are running everything from behind the scenes. Training that is for ‘managers’ may include opportunities for other office-based staff.
Freelancers: For those of you who are braving it on your own. Training for ‘freelancers’ will be spaces designed to investigate the unique challenges that come from working contractually for multiple organisations.
This is a safe space and all identities are welcome
YTAS have a zero-tolerance policy against any bullying. This includes but is not limited to: transphobia, homo or biphobia, racism, ableism, sexism, or class discrimination.