Today Deirdre Molloy, chairperson of Dublin Youth Theatre launched its 5 year Strategic Plan, ‘Becoming the person I am meant to be’ 2022-2026 which sets out the vision for Ireland’s oldest youth theatre to mark its 45th birthday. Founded in 1977 by educational psychologist Paddy O’Dwyer, DYT’s mission is to deliver quality creative experiences that promote artistic, personal and social development for young people aged 14-22 in Dublin through the medium of theatre.

Prior to launching the strategy and a new logo for the organisation at an event for both the current and past membership, professionals from the theatre community and other stakeholders, Deirdre Molloy said:

“As one of Ireland’s leading youth theatres, we are proud that the work of DYT feeds the larger theatre and cultural ecosystem, creating skills in young people who as members and alumni, will have the arts in their lives, throughout their lives. This new strategic plan has given us confidence to be ambitious in our planning for the future and we’re grateful to have received Arts Council Capacity Building funding to create it.” 

The Plan outlines the four values of Community, Creative Freedom, Connection and Collaboration as the pillars of our updated vision statement:

Our vision is for Dublin Youth Theatre to be a beacon for young people in Dublin – creating a sense of place and belonging for our members, instilling a love of art, culture, and a fluency in critical thinking and creative freedom, no matter their differences.

To achieve this vision the Plan lays out five overarching goals for Dublin Youth Theatre in the next five years, bringing it up to its 50th year in existence. 

  • We will support young people in Dublin to lead creative lives and achieve their potential, no matter their economic, geographic or cultural background or identity. 
  • We will provide a safe and welcoming home for young people passionate about the arts, to meet and collaborate with creative freedom. 
  • We will champion and grow theatre-making for and by young people, working with artists of the highest calibre to create the audience and makers of the future. 
  • We will strengthen our organisation, processes and resources to ensure our sustainability into our 50th anniversary and far beyond. 
  • We will leverage our expertise in youth voice and the concerns of young people for the benefit of our city, and to strengthen DYT

As part of the new strategy DYT is delighted to announce the current General Manager, Sarah Bragg-Bolger’s new role in the organisation as Managing Director.

More details and the full plan can be found on our page Strategic Plan : Dublin Youth Theatre