National Youth Theatre of Wales (NYTW) works with partners and industry professionals to offer world-class training and performance opportunities for Wales’ most talented young people. NYTW is proud of its illustrious roll-call of previous members who have gone on to excel as performers, writers and directors including Michael Sheen, Rhys Ifans, Ruth Jones and Caroline Sheen amongst others.

For over 40 years this flagship for youth theatre in Wales has nurtured the talent and ambition of thousands of young people by delivering diverse and risk-taking performances alongside training programmes that build pathways into the creative industries.

We are dedicated to giving those between the age of 16 and 22 the platform to thrive regardless of background and circumstance and we pride ourselves on delivering a bilingual programme of activity rooted in excellence for our members.

What does it mean to be a NYTW ensemble member?

Every year we audition across the length and breadth of Wales in the Autumn to recruit for that year’s ensemble and those successful immediately become a NYTW ensemble member for 9 months duration. Being a member means you get access not only to performance opportunities at the end of the residential element taking place each summer, but also access to high calibre development workshops and masterclasses and the chance to work alongside some of the leading practitioners working within the industry today. Being a NYTW members also allows you to build your creative and professional networks, access exclusive discounted ticket offers, make new friends and embrace the varied social programme of activity.


NYtw Programme 2020


In 2020 National Youth Theatre of Wales is delighted to be partnering with Theatr Clwyd, one of Wales’ foremost producing theatres Wales on an extended programme that will include two weeks of intensive rehearsals in August 2020 followed by a Wales wide tour of a National Youth Theatre of Wales and Theatr Clwyd co-production.  Members will form the cast of a bilingual adaptation commissioned especially for the NYTW 2020 ensemble led by a team of leading industry professionals under the artistic lead of Theatr Clwyd’s Artistic Director Tamara Harvey.

Other elements of the ensemble experience will include a series of training and development days taking place in North and South Wales between January 2020 and August 2020. Ensemble members will be expected to commit to a minimum of number of training days prior to the Summer residency.



Audition Dates:

23 November Newport (PM)
30 November Cardiff (AM & PM)
1 December Swansea (AM)
14 December Caernarfon (AM)
14 December Mold (PM)
15 December Aberystwyth  

Pre-residency Training Days:
To be announced shortly.

Summer Residency Dates
(Including Touring Dates)
Theatr Clwyd, Molds August 17th – September 3rd)


Audition Fee £25 
2020 NYTW Membership Fee: To be announced shortly

Your membership fee includes all tuition costs, accommodation, food and board, travel within the residency and production period as well as all social activity.  Please note that due to the generous support from our funders, National Youth Arts Wales subsidises a significant part of the costs of being a member of one of the national youth ensembles.

We are keen to ensure that no-one is deterred from applying for the NYAW Ensembles for financial reasons. If you have a household income of less than £50k, you could be eligible for financial support. Visit NYAW BURSARY FUND for full information including how to claim help toward audition costs and membership fees.  



  • NYAW accepts applications from people who live in Wales or were born in Wales.  

  • We are looking for talented young performers aged 16 – 22 years who live or were born in Wales and who regularly engage in drama classes through their school/college, private dance school and/or with their local youth theatre company.

  • The normal age range for the national youth arts ensembles is 16 to 22. For the 2020 courses participants must be aged between 16 and 22 on 31st August 2020. We may take younger participants into the ensembles where extraordinary talent is shown. This will be solely at the discretion of NYAW.  



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The NYTW Audition Tour takes place in November and December 2019, visiting locations right across Wales. Those wishing apply select their chosen date and venue on the initial application form.

Dates and Venues to be announced shortly.

The audition will require you to take part in a  3 hour audition that will include a workshop element. Details of what to prepare for the audition will be made available three weeks prior to the audition. Successful candidates will be announced in December 2019. For detailed information on how to apply and what you need to prepare for auditions visit Auditions.