For Children & Young People

At Derby Theatre we have opportunities for you to develop skills and confidence, not only in performance but also in back stage areas like technical theatre, leadership, events management and writing for theatre. Take a look and see how you can get involved!

Youth Theatre

Learning Theatre - Youth Theatre

Interested in seeing, making and performing theatre? If you are aged between 8 and 18 and want the opportunity to work with professional theatre practitioners and perform on stage every year, apply today! We work towards a major annual show that is professionally produced on our main stage for our two older groups and in our studio theatre for the two younger groups.

Years 4-6: Tuesdays or Thursdays 5pm - 6.30pm

Years 7-9: Sundays 10am – 11.30am or 12pm - 1:30pm

Years 10-13/Further Education: Fridays 6.00-8.00pm and Sundays 2pm - 4pm

Deaf Youth Theatre: Wednesdays 4.30 -6.00pm - click here for information on our Deaf Youth Theatre

All take place during term time and are £90 a term*

Please be aware that the Youth Theatre is very popular and we have a waiting list in place for all the groups.

To register for a place on the waiting list please download and complete this form and return to

New Opportunity - appliciations now open for our free Youth Theatre Company for ages 17-25.


Work Experience Placements - Years 10

Our work experience placements are designed to offer an overview of the organisation, giving you an insight into the broad range of careers in theatre which are available. You will get the chance to move around the theatre, spending time in the different departments and lead on your own small theatre project, which will vary depending on the activities at the theatre in the time you visit us.

New Youth Theatre Company - 17 to 25 Year Olds

A New Opportunity - be part of a new theatre company and work with professional theatre makers!

Derby Theatre is a Learning Theatre. This means that our doors are open for everyone to learn, including the next generation of actors and theatre makers.

In 2020, we will be launching a new company for 17 -25 year olds, who will work with professional practitioners to explore the ingredients that create exceptional theatre.

We’re not just looking for ability, but for people interested in developing their skills and working as an ensemble to bring ideas to life through play and experimentation. 

This free opportunity is targeted at young people who face financial barriers.

Fair access to working in the arts remains one of the most urgent issues facing the sector today, with those from lower socio-economic backgrounds still vastly underrepresented.

Derby Theatre wants to make a difference in this area, so that the art we make is not just outstanding, but relevant to the widest possible audiences.

Applications Now Open

To apply, please download and complete the application form in Word or as a PDF and email to

Alternatively, you can pick up a form to complete from our Box Office. 

Completing this form helps us to ensure that those most in need can access this group.