News: New National Digital Programme

Scottish Youth Theatre 

National Digital Artistic Programme 

October 2020-March 2021 


Scottish Youth Theatre is delighted to launch the next six months of our National Digital Artistic Programme for young people age 14-25. We continue to support and advocate for aspiring and emerging artists across intersections and geographies, investing in them to become theatre makers, arts leadersartivists and agents of change. 


Following the success of ‘the lockdown programme,’ these projects offer a range of inspiring opportunities that centralise young people’s voices and agency in the co-creation of making theatre work, with a firm eye on equity of opportunity and personal wellbeing. Woven through the programme are professional mentorship, bespoke mental health support plus resources for access and digital participation 


Young artists will benefit from free participation in nurturing learning environments, immersed in new creative communities.


Generator:A series of creative conversations with leading arts professionals, focused around Allyship, Intersections and Skills Development to equip young artists to shape the future of Scottish theatre.  

2020 Stories Part 2: A brand-new cohort of young writers, inspired by professional mentors, creating new stories for performance. In partnership with Playwrights Studio Scotland.

Now You See Me: A workshop programme of spoken word, music and poetry held by and for artists of colour, culminating in a live online event. In partnership with RCS Transitions in association with Seeds of Thought.

National Ensemble 2020 Part 2: Young theatre-makers continue their campaign for climate justice through new lines of enquiry and experimental digital works. Collaboration with director Melanie Jordan.

Making Space: Sixteen resident artists engaging in bespoke artistic development making cross art form work, shared through an innovative online festival. 


Creative Producer, Mahri Reilly said: 

 ‘The world is changing and so are we. At Scottish Youth Theatre we have felt the urgent need for deeper connection and care in all that we do. In response, there has been a profound and rapid evolution of the way we work and how we think about our programming, producing and delivery models. In addition to our commitment to young people, we are pleased this programme can also offer a wide range of freelance opportunities to established professionals to support the work of young artists in Scotland. We are really looking forward to experiencing the different collaborations this programme will spark and to working with young artists from across Scotland as they share with us their artistic visions, concerns and dreams for the future.’ 

Young artists will continue to explore and test digital platforms as online delivery continues within the Scottish Government COVID-19 guidelines. 

The programme has been made possible thanks to financial support from Creative Scotland Open FundSustaining Creative Development, The Foyle Foundation, The John Thaw Foundation, CMS Charitable Trust, The Nimar Trust. 

2nd October 2020 By Projects Coordinator

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