At The Yard Theatre, artist development starts at age 9.

We work with young people from East London aged 9-21 to explore the possibilities of theatre, through free workshops that prioritise playful experimentation and partnerships with professional artists. We call it Yard Young Artists.

Each year, 50 Yard Young Artists engage in a year-long programme leading to a showcase on The Yard's stage. Sometimes they develop shows with professional artists that we celebrate in our public programme, like The Egg Show or Really Real Teenz!

Many of our Yard Young Artists stay with us for many years, but each Summer we open up some new spaces.

The Yard Theatre

“The Yard has demonstrated a deep commitment to the local area. Programmes such as Yard Young Artists are essential for local children to explore their creativity.”

Nicholas Sharman, Councillor at London Borough of Hackney

The Yard Theatre