What we do

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We help make the lives of young people better through youth theatre.

Since 2004, YTAS has played an instrumental role in building and supporting a vibrant and vital youth theatre sector in Scotland through a combination of youth theatre projects, training and professional development, information and advocacy.

Our Projects

We run a range of projects to help introduce youth into the world of theatre, whether it’s through performance or as a practitioner. Discover our current projects below.

LGBT History Month
Learn how YTAS will be encouraging the youth theatre sector to join us in marking LGBT History Month in February 2024.
CLUB Teatru Manoel Youth Theatre Fri 18 November 2016 Chrysalis Traverse Theatre Edinburgh photographer Andy Catlin 6544
National Theatre Connections Festival 2024
National Theatre Connections Festival is looking for YOU...th theatres in Scotland!
Glasgow Acting Academy Sat 2 July 2022 Grammar School Ayr NFYT 2022 © photographer Andy Catlin www.andycatlin.com 3263
Fringe Days Out
YTAS had over £2000-worth of Fringe Days Out tickets available for our members in 2023, open to all members across Scotland.
CLUB Teatru Manoel Youth Theatre Fri 18 November 2016 Chrysalis Traverse Theatre Edinburgh photographer Andy Catlin 2496
Directors’ Development Programme 2022-2023
The youth theatre Directors' Development Programme was an eight-month mentoring and development programme for eight selected directors. The programme ran from August 2022 to March 2023.
BUZZ Network
Leading arts organisations from Scotland, Ireland, Norway, Belgium and Germany have been awarded funding from the Creative Europe programme of the European Union to cross-pollinate youth theatre practice across the continent for the first time.
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New Territory
Funded by the Scottish Government’s CashBack for Creativity Targeted Fund, New Territory was a partnership project between Youth Theatre Arts Scotland, Toonspeak Young People’s Theatre and Ignite Theatre delivered across Glasgow, Inverclyde, North Lanarkshire and West Lothian.


Our grant streams focus on development for people who use drama and theatre in their work with young people, as well as for member youth theatres.

There is a Light Brightlight – Contact Young Company Fri 17 Nov 2017 Traverse Edinburgh photographer Andy Catlin 3716
Bursary: Regional Hubs
Bursaries: Dorothy Heathcote Now, International Drama Conference 2023
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Expenses Support: National Convention of Youth Drama 2023
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Grants for Youth Theatre 2022
Theatre Alliance Sun 3 July 2022 The Gaiety Ayr NFYT 2022 © photographer Andy Catlin www.andycatlin.com 4159
Bursaries: YTAS Sector Training Programme
Firefly Arts Dark Mechanics Thu 16 November 2017 Traverse Theatre Edinburgh photographer Andy Catlin • www.andycatlin.com 2861
Bursaries: Directors’ Development Programme 2022-2023

Our events

From large national events to small gatherings and working groups, there’s always something happening at YTAS and across the youth arts sector.

Youth Theatre Arts Scotland
Fri 12 Jan 2024: 4:00PM
Regional Hub: Inverness


View our resources for youth theatre groups, theatres, practitioners and  professionals

Membership Support Portal
Our Membership Support Portal pulls together resources, tools and templates to support YTAS members to run as legal and sustainable businesses. In short, we’ve done the searching for you! 
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Set Up as a Sole Trader in Scotland
Everything you need to know about setting up as a freelancer in the eyes of the tax man.

Find a youth theatre

Browse our network of member organisations from across Scotland and begin your journey into youth theatre

Find a practitioner

Explore our directory of accomplished youth theatre professionals and find the talent you need


Browse a wide selection of jobs, programmes, funding and more