Waterford Youth Arts - Autumn Workshops 2021

We are delighted to announce the start of a new term of in-person youth arts workshops for 5 - 19 year olds, with Youth Drama, Visual Arts, Creative Writing and Visual Arts returning this term all workshops are 45 euros per term except for Visual Arts which is 65 euros to cover the cost of materials. All registrations must be done through eventbrite - https://bit.ly/3Avw5FU

The arts is a proven way to develop self confidence, make new friends and to potentially discover who you are as a person. This is a great opportunity for young people of any age, no experience is necessary and a bursary is available on request if needed. So anyone can get involved.

Summer Theatre Project 2021 - Romeo and Juliet

It is almost that time of year again – Summertime and the start of our 27th annual Summer Theatre Project this years play is going to be the hard hitting and beautiful tragedy – Williams Shakespeare’s – ‘Romeo and Juliet’ with the renowned Jim Nolan in the director’s seat, who previous directed ‘The Crucible’ in 2014 and ‘Dark of The Moon’ in 2010 for us in the past.

This time round we are looking for twenty 14 – 19-year-olds to act and perform in this production, who would like to do something memorable this summer and spend six incredible weeks putting on a professional quality production in the same way the professional theatre companies do.

To express your interest in this year’s summer theatre project, send along an email to info@waterfordyoutharts.com or get in contact with the team through our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram social media accounts and we will send you on an online form.

Spring Workshops


Waterford Youth Arts is back with five weeks of creative and imaginative online youth art workshops – Creative Writing, Youth Drama, Film and Visual Arts for 7- to 19-year-olds which are starting back on Saturday the 10th of April over Zoom, at only 25 euros per term (working out to be five euros a workshop) theirs no time like the present to sign up -  http://waterfordyoutharts.eventbrite.com/.

This term we will also be continuing with the Creativity Projects (weekly gatherings of all members in their own age group – 9 – 11s, 12 – 14s and 15 – 19-year-olds work together to put on projects that will be happening in person or online over the summer. The groups will have complete control of what they will do which may turn out to be a play / a film / an event or a series of small projects.) and works towards something incredible in the summer this is included in the price.

A complete list of workshops as well as their times can be viewed on our website - https://bit.ly/3dGDBDQ. If you need more information please get in touch by calling our office at 051 879377, by sending an email to info@waterfordyoutharts.com or by contacting us through social media. No experience is necessary to get involved. Free places are available if money is a problem - just ask any staff or tutor - completely anonymous.

The Lit Young Writers Festival 2020 - Registration Open

As you may have heard the 4th annual 'Lit Young Writers Festival' for 14 - 19 year olds is going ahead in a entirely digital format with all events and incredible workshops running through Zoom, running from the 19th - 21st of November.

Since its going to be digital 'The Lit' and everyone can work from the comfort of their own homes we have has a larger lineup of incredible authors, journalists, poets and musicians than usual with this years guests including current Laureate na nÓg - Áine NÍ Ghlinn, Sarah Maria Griffin, E.R. Murray, Amy Beashel, Dave Rudden and Beau Williams. As well as livestreamed music sets by local Hard Rock duo Bankrupt and a performance by local artist Aliens in Caves.

But thats not all as the Lit Team have organized four exciting creative
writing and songwriting workshops hosted by four brilliant guests. Megan Nolan (A brilliant Irish writer and journalist based in London) will be running a workshop on writing in the first person for different mediums, Colm Keegan (A writer and poet from Dublin, Ireland) who will be hosting a workshop on the use of phrases, Ciara Ní É (A poet, activist, broadcast, blogger, and YouTuber, and the founder of the bilingual spoken word event REIC) who will be running a bilingual workshop on capturing the beauty of Irish in the written word and Robert Power (An independent artist from the town of Carrick-On-Suir in County Tipperary, Ireland, who has worked in various mediums.) will be running an incredible workshop on songwriting

All four of these workshops are happening on Friday and are completely free, which you can sign up for through eventbrite - https://bit.ly/36okc6S. If you need assistance registering for any of our workshops or issues with installing Zoom please get in touch by sending an email to info@waterfordyoutharts.com or by calling our office at 051 879377.

Stolen Time Livestream

“See what happens when Imogen wanders into the woods where nobody goes because many years ago a child had a tragic accident there. What is it about these woods that makes them so strange and eerie and what is that sound that she follows? Will Imogen ever emerge again and does she even know what's real or imaginary anymore....”

Waterford Youth Arts and Garter Lane Arts Centre Presents - 'Stolen Time' (A mature and magical youth theatre production written by the highly imaginative local playwright Martina Collender and directed by the incredible Liam Meagher the powerful pair who previously wrote and directed our past productions  'One Hundred Thousand Breaths' in 2016 and 'If The Lights Change' in 2017.)

Originally Stolen Time was set to be performed in Wyse Park but due to the new covid regulations, Stolen Time will
now be live-streamed from Garter Lane Arts Centre on
Thursday the 27th of August at 9 pm, which you can
watch via our official YouTube channel - 
and will run for approximately 70 minutes. Not suitable
for young people under 14 due to mature themes.

Digital Youth Arts - A New Term of Exciting Workshops

Its a tough time for humanity right now due to COVID19 and theres generally not a lot to do to get our minds off it. A lot of businesses are closed but Waterford Youth Arts is still running most of our workshops, through the use of Zoom (Video Communication Technology) for FREE.

Starting the week beginning the 27th of April most of our great workshops - Creative Writing, Drama, Film and Visual Arts will be returning for five weeks and will run until the end of May. 

You can get involved from your own home as Zoom is free and works with most devices and if your living anywhere in the south east and between the ages of 5 and 19 you can get involved. Please note that due to the restrictions we have changed our workshop schedule so check it out before you book - https://bit.ly/2REEEda

All Tutors and moderators of the digital workshops are Garda Vetted so you can be guaranteed that its a safe
environment.  To register send an email to info@waterfordyoutharts.com along with the young persons name, age, address, telephone number 
and the workshops they want to get involved with or 
by booking online through eventbrite -
http://waterfordyoutharts.eventbrite.ie to get started.

The Ted and Mary O'Regan Arts Bursary 2020

Plenty of time to apply for the 16th Annual 'Ted and Mary O'Regan Arts Bursary' ( The purpose of the Award is to assist an individual or individuals, either from or with a strong connection to Waterford City or County, to pursue and develop their chosen arts discipline.) inaugurated in 2005 in honor of this power couple who done so much for the arts in Waterford.

Criteria for the Bursary is open and flexible, people of any age can apply. In the past the Bursary has facilitated recipients to attend a third level arts course, but this is not a requirement. The award will aim to fill the financial gap which prohibits an arts worker or arts student of any age or any arts discipline achieving their
artistic goal.

The Bursary is funded by a combination of local arts organisations and by individual contributions from friends, associates and family of the late Ted and Mary O’Regan. Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford Youth Arts, Waterford Spraoi, and Theatre Royal are among the local arts groups and this combined with the support of Waterford City and County Council makes this annual award possible. Together, these organisations have enabled the awards committee to offer 55 local artists a total of more than €90,000 so far, in support of their activities, since the foundation of the Bursary.
In addition to the general bursary, an additional award of €1500 will be sponsored by Waterford Variety Theatre Group. This award will be as flexible as possible but is designed to offer emerging Musical and Variety Theatre practitioners the opportunity to develop their
careers either locally or further afield.
The closing date for this year’s awards is
Friday, May 29th at 5pm. Further information
and application forms  can be
downloaded from our website - 
Photos are of Brenda Carroll (top) and Megan Maher (bottom) receiving they'reTed and Mary O'Regan Arts Bursary Awardslast year.

Summer Theatre Project 2020

25 Summer Theatre Productions over the same number of years and now in the second month of our 35th year in business, we are still as passionate as ever about Youth Theatre. This year we are proud to announce our 26th Summer Theatre Project - 'Swinging On The Swings' a brand new production by Martina Collender that will be directed by the one and only Liam Meagher.

This powerful pair have a brilliant track record together having worked on 'One Hundred Thousand Breaths' (2016) and 'If the Lights Change' (2017) this one will definitely be great.

Now its your turn, if you or a young person in your life is between the ages of 15 and 19 years old is a young actor or actress or just interested in theatre and would love to spend six weeks putting on a professional theatre production in the same away professional theatre companies do, this is one event not to miss.

This year the Summer Theatre Project kicks off on Monday the 20th of July and will end on Saturday the 29th of August after several performances, full commitment will be required as its a full time project so make sure your available before signing up. This year there is a maximum of 20 places and it will cost 40 euros to get involved (bursary available if requested). No experience needed to join the fun.

To join pick up a form from Waterford Youth Arts up in the Old Military Barracks on Barrack Street  or request a form by sending an email to info@waterfordyoutharts.com and drop it back to the office by Friday 20th of March by 5pm after which all applicants will be invited to a workshop event on Saturday the 28th of March where Director Liam Meagher and Writer Martina Collender and from this workshops they will decide on the cast for the show.