DYT has a current membership of over a 100 young people. Auditions are held in September of each year and between 35 and 40 members are accepted. The selection criteria used ensures that membership includes representation of all genders and from many areas in Dublin.
Previous drama experience is not necessary – interest and enthusiasm are what are important. Many of our new members have no previous acting or theatre experience.
Workshops are fundamental to Dublin Youth Theatre’s work. The programme caters for all our members, regardless of experience. Every Saturday at 11am-1pm from October to May, a member can expect to partake in a general workshop and then sit down to a cup of tea and a chat with the other members.
To date, our workshops have included clowning, dance, devising, forum theatre, improvisation, puppetry, voice, stagecraft, stage combat, playwriting, technical theatre and much, much more. These workshops are not classes in acting or theatre. The principles of youth work in the context of community arts underpin the planning and operation of all DYT activities.
First year members must be available attend workshops in the first 10 weeks of their first term.