Theatre workshops are fundamental to Dublin Youth Theatre’s work. The year-round programme caters for all our members, regardless of experience.

Every Saturday at 11am-1pm from October to May, members are invited to take part in weekly workshops often accompanied by specialist workshops for specific theatre disciplines. Workshops are bookended with a social gathering; tea, coffee and biscuits are available to members in the DYT house where they are free to hang out, make plans and discuss their ideas and dreams.

Our workshops include; clowning, dance, devising, forum theatre, improvisation, percussion, puppetry, voice, stagecraft, stage combat, writing, directing and technical skills, to name but a few. 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.

The annual DYT  programme includes the production of between 6 to 12 plays. These are a combination of high profile shows in recognised professional venues and low-key productions which allow new members with little or no experience an opportunity to perform in a ‘safe’ environment. You can find out more about our Productions here.

DYT Writers’ Group

In 2017 Carys Coburn Gray was named the Irish Writers’ Centre Playwright-in-Residence at Dublin Youth Theatre. They led a group of 10 DYT members in a series of workshops on playwriting and mentored the members while they worked on their own pieces. From this group To Be A Bird by Amy Shields was selected for production as part…

Intensive with Resident Artist John King

Throughout our 2023/2024 programme, writer and director John King ran several specialised workshops to facilitate the development of a piece of audio drama reflecting the experiences of young people in response to the city of Dublin. We hope to have this develop into a more permanent installation, and act as a statement of identity for…

Residential Weekend Intensive

DYT facilitates an annual residential weekend, an opportunity for our members to integrate, and connect over a weekend of structured workshops and social activities. Previous locations for our residential have included The Cavan Centre, Carlingford Adventure Centre, and Kippure Estate.  Recent residentials have focused on devising original work in groups, creating safety in performance and…

Outreach Programme

In addition to the workshops and activities that we provide for our members, Dublin Youth Theatre also carries out outreach programmes. We believe in the importance of drama and theatre for young people everywhere yet we are unfortunately limited by how many members we can welcome in each year. For this reason, we love to…

DYT Young Critics / Stage Door

Drawing on the resources developed by Youth Theatre Ireland and Youth Theatre Arts Scotland (YTAS), DYT launched its own Young Critics programme in 2019. DYT members benefit from workshops in the critique of theatre performance before attending professional productions in Dublin. After attending performances, they produce their own response and critique to the production in…

Cruinniú na nÓg Workshops

DYT regularly takes part in Youth Theatre Ireland’s initiative to provide youth theatre workshops as part of Cruinniú na nÓg in the Summer. This is a great opportunity for those interested in joining Dublin Youth Theatre to see what goes on in a DYT workshop, and what youth theatre is all about! In 2023 and…

‘Listen Up’ Audio Project

In February of 2023, six members took part in our ‘Listen Up’ Audio Drama Project, in partnership with producer Hugh Hick, Headstuff Podcast Studios, and Dublin City FM. The intensive gave our members access to the tools to write, design and create their own podcasts, audio dramas and radio plays. The project was supported by…

Aerial Dance Workshops with Taking Flight

In October 2022, we held a week-long aerial theatre project at Taking Flight Studio where our members devised short performance pieces based around the text of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, combining aerial work with theatrical performance. This collaboration continued into 2023 with a series of blended workshops for our members, to engage with aerial performance…

DIY Film Project

During the February 2022 mid-term break, our members worked with two filmmakers, Keith Jordan and Jeda de Brí, who guided them through the process of creating a short film, from conception to post production. The members collaborated to create their own short films/sketches.

Specialist Workshops

We run longer workshops outside of our regular Saturday workshops in specialist areas of theatre each year. In 2019 we had a day long workshop on costume and sewing with Irish designer Zoë Carol Wong (you might recognise her from RTE’s The Fitting Room!)  In 2020 we adapted to the realities of online working and…

Keep Sketch Summer Film Project

        During the summer of 2018 facilitator Alan King led this project with DYT members to devise, create and publish original comedic sketches. Using Design Thinking processes, this built upon the workshops Alan led at the residential intensive weekend in Feb 2018 and as part of our regular Saturday workshop programme in the…