Scottish Youth Theatre is a national young artists’ development organisation. We work with young people based in Scotland aged 14-25, and believe in enabling all young people with an interest and passion for theatre and the arts to achieve their creative potential.


  • Place young people at the helm of their own artistic journey and creative enquiry
  • Offer space, knowledge and resources to shape a programme that serves young artists
  • Respond to the needs of young artists across Scotland on a project-by-project basis
  • Collaborate with young people through mentoring and training to support their transition into the industry
  • Celebrate the work and achievements of young artists



  • Offer weekly classes in theatre-related activity
  • Run theatre groups for children and young people on a year-round basis
  • Operate as an agent for young theatre-makers
  • Work with young people under the age of 14
  • Perform pre-existing or pre-written scripts


You can learn more about our current artistic programme, participation opportunities and the access support we provide using the buttons below. If you have any questions, please get in touch via the contact form.

There are different ways to get involved, depending on the project:


  • Some projects require young people to apply for a place and may ask you to respond to questions and tell us your ideas. Projects like the National Ensemble will require an audition delivered as a workshop.  
  • There are also projects and workshops that are offered on a first-come-first-served basis so you can book a place and you’re in! 
  • We also work with established youth theatres around Scotland and welcome Youth Theatre Leaders getting in touch to explore possibilities.

As part of most projects, we aim to offer paid traineeships to early-career young artists to support them in their transition into the professional industry.  

Previous traineeships have focused on different aspects of making theatre including writing, producing, workshop facilitation, making solo work and producing podcasts. 

Opportunities are advertised on our socials and this website and there is an application process. Trainees also benefit from our usual wellbeing and access support.

Sometimes opportunities arise where we are able to pay young artists to make a new piece of work. This may be for a specific project, event or may require a response to a brief from a partnership organisation.


You can expect to work in a welcoming and safe environment where your lived experience, skills and ideas are valued. You’ll collaborate with your peers and inspiring professional practitioners to create original work and we will support you to make it the best it can be. And remember:

  • All opportunities are free to participate
  • We cover the costs of your travel and accommodation when you need to be away from home
  • We support your wellbeing and access needs at no cost to you
  • There is no membership

Read more about our access support here



In return we ask you to commit to the whole process, to be open to experimentation and ready to go beyond what you already know. You’ll need to be supportive of your collaborators and appreciative of what they bring to the space.

Essentially, you need to sign up to our company values as part of your participation in our projects:

  • Cultivating creative possibility
  • Weaving collaboration and connection
  • Embedding wellbeing and care
  • Grounding integrity in all things


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