is the type of activity that you do?
mainly runs creative workshops on a weekly basis in such areas
as drama, dance, film and creative writing.
are these workshops on?
tend to run alongside school terms. Therefore our year also
starts in September and finishes in June. We work three terms:
Sept. to Christmas / Jan. to Easter / Easter to June.
age group do they cater for?
area caters for different age groups. In Drama there are three
age groups and they start at 9 years of age and the upper limit
is 19 years. In Dance they start at 4 years and have a number
of sub-groups up to 19 years. (Dance also has a non-performance
adult group). In film they tend to start at 13 years and they
try to group trainees in similar age groups. They have also
run a training group for young adults (people in their early
20s). In creative writing they cater to young people 13-17 years.
much does it cost?
courses cost 15 euro for 8-10 weeks of classes. Dance, creative
writing and video courses are more expensive and at present
cost about 35 euro for 8-10 weeks. The variation is due to the
lack of subsidy, and it's an aberration that we are trying to
you do productions?
we have productions / sharings / readings for all the various
areas. Typically in drama we would have 2 - 3 major productions
a year, with a number of other events, e.g. works in progress
/ sharings within the workshop spaces. In general we try to
give young people an opportunity of performing and try to avoid
audition-type entrance requirements. This example from drama
equally could be applied to dance and film. With creative writing
we also encourage the idea of a reading at the end of a series
makes you different from other youth theatres around Ireland?
17 years we have grown to become more of a youth arts resource
organisation catering for the various art forms listed above.
We also cater for the wider community including youthworkers,
special youth projects, young people with learning difficulties,
etc. We also deliberately place drama workshops within the community
and thereby encourage young people who wouldn't have the opportunity
of involvement otherwise. While relying on volunteers for a
lot of activities, we also endeavour to pay professional arts
workers and believe that this is necessary for the development
of youth arts in Ireland.
many staff have you?
have 3 fulltime positions (Artistic Director, Senior Film Trainer
and Administrator) and two part time positions (Office Manager
and Dance Development worker). We also have a number of people
employed through two FAS programmes, including Administration,
Dance and Film Workers. We also employ a number of freelance
Drama Tutors to run workshops. We also employ a number of arts
professionals for productions including Directors, Stage Managers,
Production Managers, Lighting Designers, etc.
does your funding come from?
main funders are: The Arts Council, The Dept. of Education -
through the local Waterford Youth Committee. We also are funded
from Waterford City Council and the Young People Facilities
and Services Fund. We are also indirectly funded through the
various FAS employment projects. In more recent times we have
tried to generate partnerships with various agencies and organisations
for particular initiatives. We also seek private sponsorship
from various companies, again for particular projects, e.g.
Bausch and Lomb Irland Ltd for 'The Land of Stuff' (2000) and
The Book Centre for 'The Exam' (2001).
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