YT Essentials – Full Programme Announced

YT Essentials

As part of our new Professional Development programme, we are pleased to announce the full line-up for the YT Essentials events in 2019-20.

YT Essentials is a series of half or one-day training sessions starting in Sep 2019 and running through into 2020. Training will be targeted at emerging and mid-career practitioners who would benefit from support in the essential building blocks required to run a youth theatre or work as a freelancer in our sector.

Booking will open approximately eight weeks ahead of the each event and we’ll announce these on our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us directly

Child Protection Toolbox – Understanding Behaviour that Challenges
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
4 September 2019, 10am – 1pm
Led by our friends at Youth Scotland, this introductory session will explore what we mean by ‘challenging behaviour’, and why it is displayed by some young people and identify some practical strategies for effectively supporting young people exhibiting this behaviour in a youth theatre setting, responding to real case studies from participants.

Child Protection Toolbox – Child Protection Forum
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
4 September 2019, 2pm – 5pm
Following on from, and in response to, Creative Scotland’s series of training session on their updated ‘Creating Safety’ handbook, this sector-led forum will consider specific child protection priorities in the youth theatre sector, share good practice with peers and bust a few myths about child protection in practice

Keeping You Right Toolbox – Basic Health and Safety Awareness
CodeBase, Edinburgh
6 November 2019, 10:30am – 1:30pm
Do risk assessments make you break out in a cold sweat? Always wanted to do a site-specific performance, but felt overwhelmed by the potential hazards involved? Never fear – Andrew Evans, Health and Safety Advisor to many of Scotland’s national performing companies, is here to help! In this introductory session, you will explore how to keep your rehearsal rooms and perfomances safe for participants, audience members and leaders through careful risk management planning and real life case studies

Money Matters Toolbox – Defining your project and finding the cash.
4 December 2019, 2pm – 5pm
CodeBase, Edinburgh
Fundraising – it’s not a dirty word! In this dynamic and highly practical session with Phyllis Martin, from Truffle Pig, you will use a variety of exercises to unpack the unique selling points and impact of your work and consider how to translate these into a variety of development platforms, such as funding applications, reports and advocacy.

The Producers Toolbox – The Show Must Go On!
5 February 2020, 10:30am – 1:30pm
CodeBase, Edinburgh
So, you’ve drawn the producing straw, but where do you start? This highly practical session, led by YTAS’ own in-house producer, Catherine Makin, will have you talking and thinking like a pro in no time. Learn the basics of sourcing a venue, building your budget, essentials for scheduling and top tips for tech.

Freelancers Toolbox – Everything you need to know about establishing yourself as a freelance practitioner
1 April 2020, 10:30am – 1:30pm
CodeBase, Edinburgh
Whether you’re new to the game or having been flying solo for years, freelancing can still be a scary business! But don’t worry – with the right tools is your bag, you can set yourself up for some sweet self-employed success! Co-hosted by YTAS and an experienced freelance practitioner, this session will cover the basics of freelancing – getting started, selling yourself, making admin your friend, invoicing and how to successfully work with an organisation.

Creative Evaluation for Groups – Gathering feedback and measuring the impact of your work.
6 May 2020, 10:30am – 1:30pm
CodeBase, Edinburgh
How do we measure success in the youth theatre sector? Evaluation often feels like it signifies the end of a project, but it’s actually a hugely important aspect of the creative process. Join YTAS’ CEO, Kenny McGlashan, for a practical exploration of the why, how and when of evaluation and share some creative data collection activities which can help to authentically capture the impact of your work.


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