The Magic of Volunteering

Personal growth is a powerful thing and one of the many ways young people develop into outstanding individuals, is through the arts. 

Waterford Youth Arts is a safe and secure environment for young people to learn, engage and  explore a wide variety of artistic mediums in a fun way, thanks in part to the great practitioners who  pass on their knowledge and know-how and the incredible volunteers who keep our workshops running smoothly. 

WYA is always looking for new volunteers who are driven, open to new experiences, who like working with young people and have a genuine interest in the arts. If this sounds like you and  if you have 2 or more hours each week (consistently) to assist our practitioners with encouraging the young artists of tomorrow get in touch.

As part of the workshops not only will your time and effort be beneficial to young people you will also get a lot back, as it’s a great way for you to learn about the variety of art mediums  – Creative Writing, Dance, Drama, Film and Visual Arts through participation in workshops and leading, but you may also learn something new about yourself. 
If you would like more information you can drop into the Arch on Barrack Street, make an enquiry through WYA's Facebook and Twitter pages, contact the company through email at or call reception at (051) 879377 for an immediate response. All potential volunteers will have to go through Garda Vetting to be considered for the role.

WYA 35 - The Young Playwrights Programme

Waterford Youth Arts is proud to launch a brand new creative writing venture, for aspiring playwrights called - The Young Playwrights Programme.
From now until the 24th of April, we are calling upon young writers (14 to 19 years) to submit 
a short play or an extract from a longer work, maximum length of 15 minutes. Of these submissions three plays will be selected and the writers will be mentored by professional playwrights - Nicola Spendlove, Jim Nolan and Martina Collender, with the final result being a rehearsed reading of the selected plays as part of The Lit Festival 2020.
The Young Playwrights Programme aims to encourage and nurture the talents of young local writers and to give them the challenge of writing plays. Through this new programme we hope it will give them new skills and create exciting pieces of Theatre and give them the opportunity for their work to reach a wider audience.

All submissions should be sent to 
by Friday 24th April, where they will be evaluated by our
panel of writers and feedback will be provided to all playwrights
even if their work is not selected, so get out there and get writing.


Resolutions - A new play about Homelessness

New years resolutions are easier said than done, but this Friday the 24th and Saturday the 25th of January make one resolution that you can keep and go see Waterford Youth Arts brand new one act play 'Resolutions' (A serious play about homelessness, with a sprinkle of humor.).

Set to be performed in St Patrick's Gateway Centre at 8pm each evening and a matinee showing at 2pm on Saturday.Tickets are available at the door for €7 euros or €5 euros concession, all funds raised will go to support the work of 'Helping Hands' the local voluntary group that feeds the homeless group that feeds the homeless every night of the year. 

Resolutions’ is a new one act play that looks into the past, present and future of characters from Waterford City as they go through the tradition of counting down to the New Year. The play was created by the older drama members of Waterford Youth Arts with their director Martina Collender. It is a strong issue based piece and is definitely not aimed at children.

So come along its a great production and its for a great cause. See you then.  

Waterford Youth Arts - January 2020 Workshops

Its officially 2020 blog readers, a start of a brand new decade filled with possibilities and opportunities. This year why not try something new or get back into something you love with our brilliant range of workshops.

Returning this year are  Creative Writing, Dance, Drama, Film and Visual Arts Workshops which are starting back on the week of the 20th of January. With workshops for 3 to 19 year olds we have something for all ages. Membership costs 45 euros per term (nine weeks) except for visual art which is 65 euros to cover the cost of materials. 

To register or get more information on our workshops you can visit Waterford Youth Arts up in the Arch on Barracks Street, give us a call by ringing the office at 051 879377, get in contact via email at, you can also book online through eventbrite - (additional surcharge applies). 

Take a look at our workshop schedule for the days and times of our workshops or view our website for more information on any of our workshops


The Lit Young Writers Festival 2019

For the third year running 'The Lit Young Writers Festival' (A reading and writing festival for young people (14 - 19 Years) thats managed by Young People) , returns with a brand new range of workshops, interesting events and compelling talks with some of Ireland's great new and established authors next Friday the 15th and Saturday the 16th of November.

This year’s festival has a very compelling lineup of local and national authors including Sarah Crossan, Elaine Feeney, Sarah Maria Griffin, Dave Rudden, Anthea West, Megan Nolan, Erin Fornoff, Natalya O’Flaherty, Rose Keating and Colm Keegan. Who will all be involved in events throughout Waterford City full information is on the Lit Festival's website -  and this years programme.

There will also be a number of free events to get involved in such as ‘The Big Book Swap’ in Central Library where you can swap some of your favourite books with others including some signed copies of some very interesting young adult authors, If you're interested in poetry their's a pop up poetry event in John Roberts square on Saturday and a spoken word event in ‘The Vintage Tea Rooms’ later in the day. It should be a lot of fun.

All paid events are just a fiver with a small additional charge and can be bought through the 'Lit Young Writer's Festivals' website - you can also book online through eventbrite. For more information you can contact the team directly by email at - or by sending the team a message on their Facebook page.

Horrible Historical Trails 2019

Darkness is descending on the Viking Triangle this Halloween and with the darkening of the days comes the creepy, dark, malevolent - creatures of the night. This October why not come see and learn about the lives of these spectres, vikings, vampires and zombies in this years annual Horrible Historical Trails this Wednesday the 23rd to Saturday the 27th and be prepared for 45 minutes of fear and fun.

Meeting at 6.45 each evening at the Theatre Royal's backdoor (beside the medieval museum) where payment is taken (7 euros for children and adults are free) this event is suitable for children over the age of six. To add to the creepy atmosphere all children and adults are encourage to dress up in costume, for more information visit the 'Horrible Historical Trails' Facebook page - link. This show might be too spooky for adults. You have been warned.

Waterford Youth Arts - Autumn Workshops

After an incredible summer, Waterford Youth Art's returns with a range of fantastic workshops - Youth Drama, Dance, Creative Writing and Film -  for 3 to 19 year olds, all of which starting back on Monday the 16th of September.

With an open door policy and no experience necessary, today may be the day to get involved in the arts, as not only is the arts a proven way for young people to develop self confidence, teaches them how to be part of a team and its a great way to make new friends.

Get in touch today If you’re interested in signing up for a term (nine weeks), workshops are 45 euro’s a term  with the exception of visual art which is 65 euro’s to cover the cost of materials (discounts available for two or more young people from the one family).

 To register or get more information you can visit the Arch up on Barrack Street, book over the phone by calling 051 879377, send an email to or book through eventbrite - (additional charge applies). Some of our workshops book up quick so get  in touch as soon as possible

Waterford Youth Arts Presents - We have 11 Years to save the planet, but we only have today to save ourselves

WYA (Waterford Youth Arts) would like to invite you to see our, 25th annual Summer Theatre Project - 'We have 11 Years to save the planet, but we only have today to save ourselves' which is running in Garter Lane Arts Centre from the 21st - 24th of August at 8pm each evening, followed by a question and answer session with the cast and crew.

Directed by Grace Dyas / Deirdre Dwyer -"We have 11 Years to save the planet, but we only have today to save ourselves" is a dark comedy on
the very serious topics of Climate Change and Mental Health,
that concerns today's youth.

"It’s real. It's happening, it's an emergency; a crisis. The planet is under threat and the consequences of not acting are devastating. How can we can sing and dance when the world is burning up? The planet is under threat, a global crisis, but we don’t have know how or have the ability to do anything about it, we are young people, what can we do?  And everyone around us seems to have their heads buried in the sand. Maybe we should just try to enjoy the summer, make theatre, make memories. Forget about it. But we can’t. Can we? We want to put on a good show, everyone loves the Summer Project. But some of us want to act, to take a stand, use this platform. The drama will unfold from the ensuing conflict."

Running on the 21st, 22nd, 23rd and 24th of August in Garter Lane Arts Centre. Tickets are 15 euros for Adults and 10 euros for young people and they can be purchased through Garter Lane Arts Centre's Website -, over the phone by calling 051 855038 or by visiting their premises at 22 O'Connell St, Waterford. This play is not suitable for young people.