AND WATERFORD YOUTH DRAMA
is the largest city in southeast Ireland. It's a dynamic cultural
and economic centre with a long and varied history. The population
of the City is 50,000, and it has a large catchment area. For
more information about Waterford, click here.
Youth Drama is a youth and community arts resource which
enables young people to participate in creative activity as
a means of self-expression and development in a safe, professional
and enjoyable environment.
WYD is recognised
nationally as one of the country's leading youth arts organisations,
and each week over 400 young people take part in its activities.
August 1985, WYD has grown from the voluntary efforts of two
individuals and 25 young people to a fully-structured youth
arts organisation with a paid staff.
Drama provides a comprehensive quality response to the creative
aspirations and developmental needs of young people in the Southeast.
FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
the general public, the most visible aspect of WYD is its drama,
dance and film productions. But WYD is primarily an educational
organisation, and its main activity is operating its Workshops.
runs drama, dance, film and creative writing Workshops throughout
the year for young people. These Workshops take place every
week and are run by professional tutors.
here for more about WYD's Workshops.
FOR PARENTS AND ADULTS
Youth Drama provides an outlet for artistic expression among
young people. Youth arts activity is a proven method of personal
development and education. Through youth arts, WYD aims to:
young people to articulate their needs clearly in a safe group
young people to develop interpersonal skills, such as confidence,
social interaction, responsibility sharing, planning, decision
making, and problem sharing
young people to new and innovative elements of the arts
training and education in creative skills
is always interested in finding new potential adult leaders.
We offer in-service training and huge challenges. Are you interested?
If so, ring WYD at 051-879377. (WYD operates a screening process
to ensure safety within the organisation.)
A COMMUNITY ASSET
Youth Drama is clearly committed to communities, in particular
communities experiencing disadvantage. At the very core of the
work of WYD is the Outreach Drama Workshop Programme.
Outreaching into four communities in Waterford, weekly workshops
in drama are led by experienced drama tutors. The workshop programme
is very strong, with groups over-subscribed in some areas.
is grant aided by The Arts Council - An Chomhairle Eireann,
FAS, Waterford City Council, City of Waterford VEC Waterford
Youth Committee, The Ireland Funds.
also has a Corporate Friend and Patron Scheme to encourage Companies
and individual business people to support the work of creative
you'd like to advertise in the programme of the next WYD production,
or help WYD in some other way, ring Cathy Hanrahan (Administrator).
Click here for contact information.
Youth Drama promotes access for all young people to the creative
arts, in particular young people from disadvantaged areas. WYD
delivers community-focused programmes in areas of Waterford
which in general are lacking an arts tradition, e.g. inner city
areas and urban housing estates. We positively encourage the
involvement of young people with special needs.
is founded on the principles of youth work and has strong working
links with other youth and community groups in Waterford.
Youth Drama is a valued and respected part of Waterford life'
- Vivien Hewington, Cambridge Arts Theatre
Drama is alive and kicking in Waterford' - The Examiner
regional resource for younger audiences'- The Arts Council
/ An Chomhairle Ealaion
was particularly impressed by the level of professionalism in
the company' - B.T. National Connections Assessor