Theatre31 Young Artist Collective

Creative freedom to become the theatre maker you dream of.

Our groups run for ages 11-14 and 14-18 and sessions are delivered in a blended format, with the majority online. This enables to be as accessible as possible, working across our large catchment area of Medway and Sheppey.  

Wednesday 4.30pm – 6pm (11-14)
Wednesday 6.15pm – 7.45pm (14-18)

This is a brand new and exciting initiative at Theatre31, bringing young theatrical creatives together to create work. The Young Artist Collectives meet online weekly and have in-person sessions at least once per term. It is FREE to join for anyone aged 11-18 living in Medway or Sheppey.

As a member of the Young Artist Collective you can look forward to: 

  • Weekly sessions – Workshops and Creation
  • Masterclasses with industry professionals 
  • Solo Projects to develop your artistic voice
  • Co-creation with peers and the wider Theatre31 programme 
  • Podcast creation and collaboration on the Theatre31 website to develop an overarching youth voice 
  • Collaboration on programming decisions for the wider the Theatre31 programme  

As a youth led group, Young Artist Collective strengthens the voices and practices of young people by handing the decision making over to them.

This completely free programme creates opportunities for its members to work alongside and co-create with a range of industry professional throughout the year by accessing masterclasses and specialist projects. The platform also offers specialist theatre-based careers advice and project management experience.

Maybe you want to be a director? Maybe you like acting? Or maybe you want to harness your skills in theatre producing or arts marketing? The collective shines a light on all areas of the theatrical industry so a 360-degree view of making theatre is experienced.

In addition, as part of forming this important collective, you will have the opportunity to take part in programming decisions for the overall Theatre31 programme and the current Medway City of Culture festival – informing us what we do and assisting us shape how we serve other young people in our local community.

The team at Theatre31 supports and encourages you to collaborate with your peers. We make space for you to collectively explore and play, creating theatrical masterpieces; digital experiments; and new writing, which shape the future of theatre in Medway and Sheppey.

Do the things you want to do | Learn the things you want to learn | Be the person that you want to be.

Being part of the Theatre31 collective is free!

We have 15 spaces in each group. There are a small amount of places left in the older group so be sure not to miss out! Our younger group is currently full but please apply to be added to the waiting list. Any young person who is accepted onto the programme will receive a Young Artist Collective members welcome pack to get you started. 

Sign up now!

Complete our short application form.

Launching in style

We kicked off YAC with a free bumper Masterclass, specialising in Musical Theatre!

During the Easter break, the session saw industry professionals from Fat Rascal and West End performers Courtney Stapleton and Eloise Davies take to the ‘zoom’ workshop space and curate 90 minutes of musical theatre magic and there are many more amazing Masterclasses still to come!

Creating in lockdown

We are aware at Theatre31 that zoom fatigue is a real thing! We meet online but are constantly adapting what we do to ensure sessions remain fun, inspiring, and engaging.

Currently, this means working on specific projects – so we can focus our energy on smaller pockets of time. This makes everything a bit more accessible for everyone!

As part of the collective, you can tell us what is working and what might work better. As the UK Government Guidelines change, so can we, enhancing your experiences as best we can.