BUZZ Network: Artists’ Lab 3, Dramaturgical Approaches to Youth Theatre

Closing date: Wed 23 Nov 2022: 5pm

As part of the BUZZ project, we will host five multinational training labs. These international exchanges will be a unique opportunity to learn, share and develop your professional practice with other artists and cultural leaders from across Europe.

Artists’ Labs are for professional directors and artists who create performance work with young people, and each Artists’ Lab will focus on a different topic in contemporary youth theatre practice.

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The third Artists’ Training Lab will be held at Rogaland Theater in Stavanger, Norway, from 6 – 10 March 2023.

This funded five-day programme will offer professional youth theatre artists the chance to explore dramaturgical approaches to youth theatre. We’ll be exploring:

  • How can we equip our dramaturgical toolbox?
  • Dramaturgy beyond text, how can these tools be used throughout all areas of performance?
  • Does the written word still have its place in youth theatre?
  • How do we start our projects? How can we identify what dramaturgical approach is needed to make our project clearer?  

What will happen during the Artists’ Lab?

  • Rogaland Teater’s Children and Youth Theatre Department will be the host and central hub for the Lab.
  • Participants will take part in a series of activities exploring how Dramaturgy can be used with in a youth theatre context.
  • Participants will watch performances both by the youth and the adult theatre and meet the people behind the performances.
  • Participants will also have enough space to gain insights into their work, methods and best practices via workshops, debates and presentations in peer-to-peer groups.
  • Participants will get the chance to workshop their own ideas for performances in peer groups.

Programme Benefits

  • High quality insights into international youth theatre best practice across Europe.
  • Exploring the diversity of youth theatre practice across Europe, through peer-to-peer learning and group work.
  • Developing your artistic and professional practice, broadening your network and increasing your confidence of working internationally.
  • Your travel to Stavanger, accommodation, and all meals during the lab will be provided.

Who Will Take Part?

Up to 17 artists from across Europe will be selected for this training opportunity:

  • Two artists from each of ScotlandIrelandBelgium & Germany will be selected.
  • Four artists from Norway will be selected.
  • There will be five places available for artists applying from elsewhere in Europe.

Applicants will be selected who meet the eligibility criteria outlined below.

Eligibility Criteria

Training Labs are open to theatre artists who:

  • Create work with young people.
  • Want to develop their artistic practice
  • Can demonstrate how the opportunity to work internationally will enhance their practice.
  • Can demonstrate how the Lab’s theme Dramaturgical Approaches to youth theatre’ will be of particular benefit to their practice.
  • Are able to attend all dates of the Lab between 6 – 10 March 2023 in Stavanger, Norway. (Additional travel days may be required.)
  • Are based in the European Union, or another eligible country, including UK. More details here.

Application form, available here, will be open until 23 November 2023.

Find out more about Artists’ Lab 1, and read what participants had to say about it, here.

Please note the event will be run in English only, and all applications should be submitted in English.  The programme of the Artist Lab is subject to change.

If you have any further questions please email

The next lab, Diverse Voices in Youth Theatre, will take place in Scotland in summer 2023. Further details will be available early next year.

Closing date: Wed 23 Nov 2022: 5pm