Auckland Theatre Company announces new Youth Company


Auckland Theatre Company announces new Youth Company

Auckland Theatre Company has announced the creation of a new Youth Company to nurture and grow Aotearoa’s next generation of theatre makers.

This free, year-long training and performance programme is open to aspiring actors, directors, designers, writers and theatre artists aged 16-25 who are looking for in depth training and practical opportunities to develop their craft.

Thirty young people selected from a series of upcoming Open Day auditions across Tāmaki Makaurau will become embedded in the life of a working theatre company.

Company members will have the opportunity to learn from experienced practitioners and also be involved in the creation and performance of two world premieres.

The Youth Company programme is led by four exciting artists; Keagan Carr FranschMatthew Kereama (Ngāti Raukawa), Gabrielle Solomona and Sam Phillips.

“Our Youth Company is a rigorous learning environment, building confident and skilled young artists, setting them up for tertiary training and careers in the theatre,” says Jonathan Bielski, Auckland Theatre Company Artistic Director and CEO. 

“It aims to be a joyful, playful, inclusive, welcoming and supported place to learn and grow.”

The ATC Youth Company aims to represent Tāmaki Makaurau across leadership, tutors and participants. The programme is open, inclusive and accessible to young people across skill levels, backgrounds and access needs. 

Rangatahi Māori, Pacific, rainbow and disabled young people are especially encouraged to apply.

Applications for Open Day auditions are open now at and auditions will take place once Auckland is in Orange.

Teachers, community leaders and whānau are welcome to nominate rangatahi by emailing [email protected]



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