Upcoming Events/Productions

NT Connections 2022 - Opportunity

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Waterford Youth Arts is delighted to announce their involvement in NT Connections 2022 run by National Theatre in London as we were selected to stage a play by the exciting Scottish playwright Stef Smith called REMOTE that will be directed by Deirdre Dwyer and is set to be performed in Garter Lane, the Lyric Theatre in Belfast and potentially in London.

Here’s where you can get involved, we are currently looking for 15 – 19 years olds to get involved in the project, which is kicking off on the 13th of December, with two workshops at 6.00pm and 7.30pm respectively (Max of 15 in each workshop) where Deirdre will introduce the story of the play / talk about the connections project / the team working on the play and the commitment needed.


To get involved please send an email to our office at info@waterfordyoutharts.com, along with the young person’s name, age, address, and telephone number before the 13 of December and the team will get in touch.

Date:  December 2021 - April 2022
Location:  TBA

Waterford Youth Arts - Autumn Workshops

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Waterford Youth Arts is back for the Autumn / Winter months with nine weeks of youth arts workshops -  Creative Writing, Youth Drama, Film Production and Visual Arts for 5 - 19 year olds are all starting back in-person from Friday the 1st of October

If you know someone in this age range who would love to learn about the arts world, while making new friends and doing something new this is a great opportunity for them. No experience is necessary to get started and we have an open door policy so anyone can get involved.

At WYA safety is paramount and while your young artists are involved in one of their workshops, you can be certain that they are learning in a safe and secure environment as all WYA staff and volunteers have been Garda Vetted and undergone child safety training. Since the workshops are back on in person the team and members will be continuing to work In line with national COVID-19 guidance, there will be some restrictions on what they can do and how the team and members will work together to prioritize everyone’s safety and wellbeing.

All workshops are 45 euros per term except for Visual Arts which is 65 euros to cover the cost of materials. All bookings must be made online through eventbrite which can be accessed via the link below. For more information get in touch with us see the workshops section on this website or get in touch with the team for any other information 

Date:  October - December 2021
Location:  The Arch on Barracks Street

The Young Playwrights Programme 2021


After the success of the Young Playwrights Programme 2020 we are delighted to be bringing it back this year and from now until the 30th of September we are accepting new short plays (under 15 minutes long) from all young playwrights between 14 and 19 years living in Waterford and the surrounding areas. 


The YPP panel will then pick out three plays and over the following five months the young writers will be mentored by local playwrights Nicola Spendlove, Jim Nolan and Martina Collender in order to turn their script into a high-quality professional play that will receive a rehearsed reading as part of the 5th annual The Lit Festival 2021 happening this November.


No prior experience is needed to get involved and even if your play is not chosen you will still get valuable feedback. To enter please send on your short play / extract to info@waterfordyoutharts.com by the 1st of June and we will get back to you soon afterwards.

Date:  TBC

Location: TBC