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What we do

The National Youth Arts Trust widens access to the performing arts for young people aged 12-25 from non-privileged backgrounds.

We give bursaries for music lessons, dance classes and drama school (recall) audition and tuition fees to those who cannot afford to fund themselves, we set up youth theatres and drama projects in areas with little or no artistic opportunities, we run a mentoring scheme for drama school graduates, and we bring children to the theatre – often for the first time.

“There are few options for young people who want to act but can’t afford the huge costs. The NYAT is one of very few organisations that help support this voice in continuing the journey and without their support it just wouldn’t be possible.”

Access bursary recipient (read Afolabi’s story)

“My training has been the greatest gift”

Francesca is a dynamic performer who, as well as working as a professional actor, wants to promote diversity and inclusivity in the industry. Thanks to her NYAT bursary she is able to continue her three year training programme at Guildhall.

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“It has changed my life”

We asked some of our drama school students, supported by NYAT, what a typical day at drama school is like – and particularly what student life is like during a pandemic!

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