Youth Theatre

At Derby Theatre we have opportunities for young people 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 Groups

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 5-6:30pm or Saturdays 9:30-11:00am

Please email Sam George for more info and to book places.

Years 7-9


Thursdays 5-6:30pm or Sundays 12:00-1:30pm

Years 10-13


Fridays 6:00-8:00pm or Sundays 2:00-4:00pm

Deaf Youth Theatre

Wednesdays 5:00 -6:30pm - click here for information on our Deaf Youth Theatre

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

Waiting List Application Form

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 the below form and return to with the subject line 'Youth Theatre waiting list application'

Download Waiting List Form

Theatre Company for Ages 17-25

Mondays 5-7pm

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 launched a new company for 17 -25 year olds that works 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.

Application Form

To apply, please download and complete the application form in Word or as a PDF and email to with the subject line 'Youth Theatre 17-25 Company application'.

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

Download Application Form