New leader wanted for Georgian Theatre Royal’s youth theatre

Georgian Theatre Royal’s youth theatre group's Dorian Gray.

The Georgian Theatre Royal’s youth theatre is looking for someone to take it back onto the stage when it re-opens its doors in September.

Its 100 plus members have been meeting via Zoom since the outset of the pandemic but the theatre is hopeful that at the start of the autumn term, face-to-face teaching will resume and live performances will once again take place.

Due to a re-location, the current youth theatre officer will be moving on this summer and the theatre is looking for an experienced drama practitioner to take over at the helm.

The Georgian Youth Theatre introduces young people from sic to 18 to all aspects of theatre and stagecraft, including acting, directing, devising and stage management.

Over the years, it has provided a launch pad for many students who have gone on to study drama or pursue successful theatre careers.

The group has also won a number of prestigious drama awards, including Best Youth Group and Best Performance by an Actor at a regional round of the latest All England Theatre Festival for One-act Plays for its production of Dorian Gray.

The group took the same play up to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in the summer of 2019, the second year running that the Richmond students had taken part in this internationally renowned arts event.

Other activities have included participation in joint performance projects with students from Maryland in the USA, as well as community performances at Richmond Castle.

“This is a really exciting opportunity for someone to join our friendly staff team and build upon the incredible track record of our vibrant Youth Theatre company,” said Clare Allen, chief executive of the Georgian Theatre Royal.

“The Youth Theatre has a long-standing reputation for excellence and to be based in the UK’s oldest working theatre with the opportunity to use its amazing stage for live performances is a huge bonus.

“We have an extremely talented and enthusiastic cohort of students across the age ranges who have worked incredibly hard during lockdown and achieved so much despite being unable to come together in the normal way.

This proves that the possibilities for innovation and development within this exciting role are endless.”

During term-time, sessions take place after-school and at the weekend, with classes in acting and musical theatre held at the modern, fully equipped drama studio adjacent to the main theatre building.

The position is full-time and the closing date for applications is Wednesday 21 July.

For further information, please telephone the Theatre on 01748 823710 or email

A full job description and application form can be downloaded from the news section of the website at