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National Youth Theatre Announces 10 New Associate Companies

National Youth Theatre has announced the appointment of 10 new Associate Companies.

Over the next two years NYT will collaborate with these companies to champion their work and create more opportunities for the charity’s national network of 14,000 young creative people.

The companies all pitched their vision of being an Associate and what it could mean for them and will access mentoring, costume, props, equipment and space in NYT’s Creative Production House.

The new companies will collaborate with NYT to reach communities of young people across the UK lacking access to the arts and include specialists whose work focuses on engaging young refugees and asylum seekers, young disabled and neurodiverse people and young gamers. The new Associate Companies are: BLINK Dance Theatre, Compass Collective, Dorsetborn & OffPiste, Doorstep Arts, Itch + Scratch, THE LAB, Megaverse, OPIA Collective, Piece of Cake Theatre Company and Project Phakama.

They join NYT’s existing Associate Company The PappyShow, who recently completed a critically acclaimed run of BOYS at London’s Barbican and have enriched NYT’s work across courses, productions and training, most recently including leading the movement on the NYT Big Weekender at London’s Royal Court Theatre featuring 250+ young performers. 

Paul Roseby OBE, NYT CEO & Artistic Director said: “Young people are four times more likely to be unemployed, have been amongst the hardest hit by COVID cancellations and are facing a real lack of access to affordable stages to share their early work on. Collaboration is at the heart of our practice and building on the success of our ongoing collaboration with trailblazers The PappyShow and the award-winning redevelopment of our HQ, we will work to address these challenges with ten new dynamic associate companies. Connecting coastal, rural and city-based companies through this collective in support of those lacking access, we will provide new pathways for young talent, champion new stories for national audiences and learn as much from them as they do from us.”

Kane Husbands Artistic Director of The PappyShow said: “National Youth Theatre has been the catalyst of my work and the birthplace of The PappyShow – so it feels really special to be welcoming all of you; the next generation of companies like ours that will be born from support and community like this. A model of best practice – not only in what we make – but in how we work. Congratulations.”

The new NYT Associate Companies commented:

“National Youth Theatre’s commitment to inclusive practice aligns deeply with our ethos and we are excited for this new partnership and mutual learning and skills sharing that it will foster. We are looking forward to being part of a thriving community of people dedicated to tacking elitism and ableism in the arts. Our work with NYT will focus on providing leadership opportunities and employment for learning disabled young artists to enrich the theatre sector.” 

👤 📅18 May 2022
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