Youth Theatre Leader – The Role
Barnstorm Theatre Company is currently looking for a free-lance Youth Theatre Leader to design and deliver a fun and creative environment to help young people develop their self-expression and confidence through Theatre and performing arts. The leader will implement a creative and innovative programme for working with three groups of young people between 10 and 18 years in weekly workshop sessions. Each group will produce an end-of-year presentation of a high-quality theatre piece to the general public as well as friends and family.
The initial engagement is from 15 January 2024 – 15 June 2024; with a view to extend from September 2024.
3 weekly workshops and rehearsals at the end of year presentation – Weekly fee is €225.
The ideal candidate will have a background in drama, with experience of working with youth and community groups. S/he should be self-motivated, have a keen interest and belief in drama facilitation, and have excellent communication skills.
The successful candidate will join a dynamic small team based on the river in the centre of Kilkenny
How To Apply
Email a current CV and cover letter to the Artistic Director, Barnstorm Theatre Company, 3 John’s Quay, Kilkenny R95T382.
‘Barnstorm has been one of the best experiences of my life and I will forever treasure the laughs, the shows, the workshops and the incredible friends I made. The confidence and acceptance you gain from being part of this group is unparalleled’ Stephanie (member 2018 to date)
‘Coming out of lockdown and working with such a lovely, fun and talented group of people, getting to know them and work with them, has been amazing. Barnstorm is a place where we can all come and be ourselves, as loud and as mad as we want without being judged, and I am very grateful for it.’ Ruby, 16 (member 2019 – to date)
‘The Youth Theatre is one of my favourite organisations in Kilkenny. Through it I managed to make friends and enjoy myself immensely.’ Matthew (member 2016 to date)
‘’ …thank you so much for all your hard work and effort over the past two years and I can honestly say that those two years have benefited me tremendously….’ Eimear, 17
Barnstorm Theatre Company has three youth theatre groups:
Senior (SYT) for those at least 14+ yrs,
Middle (MYT) for those in 1st and 2nd year
Junior (JYT) for those in 5th and 6th class
Barnstorm Youth Theatre (BYT) runs from September to May/June and takes in new members each September. The closing date each year for applications is the 31st of August. Those interested can express their interest by using the link above.
We to make room for everyone who is interested, this is not always possible due to resources and numbers. If there needs to be a selection of new members, it is based on the gender, geographical and age breakdown of the current group and the applicant’s reason for joining.
Senior Youth Theatre
Tuesday from 5.30 – 7.30pm. The annual production takes place shortly after the Easter school holidays. There is an additional time commitment expected for rehearsals, however consideration is given to other commitments e.g. exams, school etc.
Middle Youth Theatre
Wednesdays from 4.30 – 6.00pm. The year comes to an end with a performance for family and friends. There may be some extra time commitment around the time of production which takes place on Saturday 15th June as part of Cruinniú na nÓg 2024 – A day of free creativity for children and young people
Junior Youth Theatre
Thursdays from 4.00 – 5.30pm. The year finishes in summer with a performance showcase for parents and friends, which takes place on Saturday 15th June as part of Cruinniú na nÓg 2024 – A day of free creativity for children and young people
The annual membership fee is €250. This includes a registration fee of €70 to secure a place & the balance of €180 is due by December. There is a discount of €25 per sibling and there are a limited number of scholarships available. Just ask Anja firstname.lastname@example.org
About Barnstorm Youth Theatre (BYT) in Kilkenny
Founded in 1991, BYT’s main aim is to produce theatre by young people for young people. The youth theatre is child and young person centered and concentrates on drama and theatre skills. There is no previous experience or a wish to have a career in theatre required.
The programme includes weekly workshops during the school year and one production a year.
The workshops are facilitated by Rosey Hayes. Rosey was member of a youth theatre, has trained and worked as a professional actor and director.
Macbeth by William Shakespeare (2023)
XIV Fourteen by Droichead Youth Theatre (2022)
Alice in Wonderland adapted for stage by Anna Galligan (2019) – new production
There is Only Now by Anna Galligan, devised with SYT (2018)
A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare (2017)
The House of Oedipus by Anna Galligan (2016)
Alice in Wonderland adapted for stage by Anna Galligan (2015)
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare (2014)
KoHL devised by Droichead Youth Theatre with Sharon Cromwell (2013)
Gormanghast by Mervyn Peake, adapted by John Constable (2012)
Paving Paradise by Richard Conlon (2011)
A Vampire Story by Moira Buffini (2010)
Burying Your Brother in the Pavement by Jack Thorne (2009)
The Exam by Andy Hamilton (2008)
Us and Them by David Campton (2022)
(Note: MYT was formed in 2019 and due to the pandemic did not put on staged productions)
Us and Them by David Campton (2022)
Scattered by James Butler (2019)
Don’t Shoot the Messenger by John Morton in collaboration with JYT (2018)
The Girl with The Golden Hair by Anna Galligan, devised with JYT (2017)
Trapped devised by Physically Phishy written by Geraldine O’ Neill (2016)
Grandad’s Diary devised by JYT with Anna Galligan (2015)
School Lockers three one acts designed and directed by JYT (2014)
In Quest of a Play devised by Physically Phishy written by Geraldine O’ Neill (2013)
Don’t Shoot the Messenger by John Morton in collaboration with the JYT (2012)
Beowulf devised by JYT, written by Anna Galligan (2011)
Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare – abridged (2010)
Mythika devised by JYT (2009)
The Dahl Project devised by JYT (2008)