Young Dramatic Arts Theatre Company
Young Dramatic Arts Theatre Company is the high quality Theatre Company established by ITW some years ago to identify talented young actors, directors and technicians and give them the opportunity to develop their skills. Membership is open to young people from 14 - 18 years of age. Each Thursday evening there are acting workshops and rehearsals at ITW Studios, Clonskeagh.
Our Young Dramatic Arts Theatre Company year is divided into two sections.
The first part of the year from September to November is spent taking part in a number of diverse workshops from week to week. We believe in an education in all the different aspects of theatre making and therefore have workshops in areas such as set-design, lighting and sound, costume design as well as various acting technique workshops.
From then we start work on our National Theatre Connections Festival Play which will be the premiere of a new play which we will perform in a Dublin location in February and then in April in The Lyric Theatre, Belfast. We have been participating in the National Theatre Connections Festival for 15 years and it is a highlight of our year.
The members are expected to be fully involved in every aspect of the process from choosing the plays to be produced, to operating and designing the lighting and sound, creating the sets and props, and working on stage and behind the scenes. They participate in youth theatre festivals at home and away, including the Connections Festival in the latter part of the year. For this reason, a high level of commitment and enthusiasm is vital to retain a place in Young Dramatic Arts Theatre Company.
Young Dramatic Arts Theatre Company is a fantastic training ground for young actors; many of our alumni have gone on to have successful careers as actors and playwrights!