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This Week at NYT! | Masterclasses, the East End Season and Job Vacancies

Posted 29 Jul 2023 by Joe Duggan

29th July – 4th August 
It’s been another busy week of courses, masterclasses and gearing up for the East End season at the NYT! 

Director Adam Meggido announced for our Chic to Cheek fundraising dinner! 

We’re thrilled to announce that Olivier Award winner and NYT Vintage member Adam Meggido will direct the entertainment for Chic to Cheek, our fabulous fundraising dinner at Café de Paris on Monday 20 November.  Adam’s irreverent style is well-known to audiences of Peter Pan Goes Wrong (West End and BBC1) and we’re looking forward with excitement to seeing what he’ll create with our cast of brilliant NYT members.  This will be an evening of high wit and high fashion to raise big funds for big talent, with plenty of celebrity guests and exclusive auction prizes.

Tickets for Chic to Cheek are £250 and tables of 6, 8, 12 and 16 are available.  For full details, please contact cliodhna.mccorley@nyt.org.uk or 020 3696 7056.

Epic Stages and Junior Courses get underway 

This week we welcomed our latest cohort of NYT Company Members as our Junior Course at Trinity Laban, and Epic Stages Course at Rose Bruford College in Sidcup got underway. 

We’ve got a fantastic bunch of course directors for this year’s Epic Stages, check out this line up: Stella Odumlani, Ned Bennett, Andy Whyment, Joel Scott and Rebecca Frecknall. We’re also really excited to have these wonderful writers on board: Sabrina Mahfouz, Rob Hayes, Sam Evans, Rex Obano, and Josh Azouz.  

The courses have been going brilliantly so far, participants have been getting to grips with a whole host of new techniques, exercises and tasks, and working on developing their  ensemble, physical, vocal, theatre making and storytelling skills. On Wednesday members of NYT staff met the Epic Stages participants at a Q&A this week, and answered their questions about the industry.


Our summer masterclasses also kicked off this week including our brand new summer course for 11-14s Start-Up Summer.  As well as our Start Up Summer course, we welcomed young people to our first summer Acting for Screen course in Deptford. We’ve got a whole load more coming in the way of summer masterclasses. 

There’s still time to join our summer programme, with limited places left on our second Start Up Summer course, as well as availability for our Acting for Screen course, Audition Technique Six Day Masterclass and Performing Shakespeare Masterclass.
Book now

The East End Season at the Yard 

The NYT’s first ever East End season is drawing ever closer, with our season at the Yard Theatre in Hackney Wick getting underway this Tuesday.  The opening two nights of The Reluctant Fundamentalist have already sold out and the rest of the season is selling fast, so don’t miss out, grab your tickets here

Can’t wait for the return of The Reluctant Fundamentalist? Check out our trailer here



Find out more about our three fantastic shows through these three interviews with Prasanna Puwanarajah, Director of The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Alice Knight, Director of Blue Stockings, and Zoe Lafferty, who’s directing The Host. 

Backstage Courses 

Our backstage courses at Rose Bruford are into their second week, with a whole host of activities taking place including visits to and tours of the National, Royal Opera house, V&A and 42nd street.  Our Lighting and Sound participants have been prepping for a live music gig on Friday afternoon, whilst A Midsummer Night's dream themed backstage course presentation starts work on Monday.  

The REP 

This week the REP Company have said a temporary goodbye to Frantic Assembly’s Othello director Simon Pittman, to make way for Roy Alexander Weise, director of Evan Placey’s new version of Jekyll and Hyde, as they started rehearsals for the show. 
Tickets are available to book here

Zigger Zagger 

Rehearsals for Zigger Zagger are starting this Monday. Part of our East End Season, Zigger Zagger is to return 50 years after becoming the National Youth Theatre's first ever new writing commission. Peter Terson's widely studied play will receive a special anniversary production at Wilton’s Music Hall marking half a century since its world premiere. The production is set to have cast of 50 under the direction of Juliet Knight (White Boy). 
Book now 

Alumni News

There has been celebration and sadness at the NYT recently. 
Last week we found out about the appointment of NYT Alumna Michelle Terry as Artistic Director at The Globe. And today we found out that Rachael Stirling and Susan Wokoma, both NYT Alumni, are the latest cast members to be announced for Labour of Love directed by Jeremy Herrin, at the Noel Coward Theatre. 
This week also heard the sad news about Hywel Bennett, star of television and film, who sadly passed away aged 73.  

We’re Hiring! 

Production Coordinator
We are looking for a talented and enthusiastic aspiring producer to join us as Production Coordinator. This role will be part of our two-person production team and will work with our Producer in organising and executing our Artistic Director’s vision for our productions. As an organisation we produce 10 productions and events on average per season, in venues in London (this year we are producing shows in the West End, at The Yard Theatre, the Arcola Theatre, and Wilton’s Music Hall), as well as across Britain and Northern Ireland, and internationally. We put a strong emphasis on commissioning new work, and have played a key role in launching the careers of some of Britain’s leading writers, such as James Graham, James Fritz and Karla Crome and actors such as Dame Helen Mirren, Daniel Craig, Zawe Ashton, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Rosamund Pike. We view this role as one with potential for organisational advancement.

Download a job description with further details here.
To apply: please email a CV of no more than two pages and a cover letter of no more than one page to jobs@nyt.org.uk by 12 noon on Monday 14 August. 

Playing Up Course Assistant 
Playing Up is an OCN Level 3 accredited 10 month drama training programme, offering young people aged 19 - 24 who are not in Education Employment or Training the opportunity to gain an Access to Higher Education Diploma in Theatre Arts, which is equivalent to 2 ‘A’ Levels.
The Course Assistant is responsible for Assisting on creative delivery of the course and its final production and responsibility for the pastoral care of students and the administration of Playing Up. The main focus is to assist in the day to day running of the accredited Playing Up course (Access to HE in Theatre Arts) delivered by the National Youth Theatre to NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) young people. 

Applicants must be current or past NYT members, and should have completed Creative Leadership training. 

Full information here
To apply: Please complete the provided application form and return electronically to Emily.doherty@NYT.org.uk by 12pm 09/08/2017