Theatrecraft Youth Unlimited


Theatrecraft Youth Unlimited (TYU) proudly offers Autumn, Winter and Spring school holiday programs for 2022 – three residential intensives for keen young performers to learn skills to develop and create new and innovative theatrical work in a relaxed and social setting.

Further develop your skills in theatre performance, voice and movement with like-minded people from all over Victoria. This year we will use a range of performance-making approaches including scripted and non-scripted elements. You will be led by industry professionals with diverse industry experience, and a passion for developing young artists. We aim to give you skills to work autonomously and collaboratively in creating and rehearsing.

Your participation fee covers the program expenses, food, accommodation, and specific non public transport as needed.  BYO Myki as we use public transport where possible.  NB: All participants need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as per current government advice.


TYU SPRING – sneak preview here


Theatrecraft Youth Unlimited (TYU) is The VDL’s youth development program dedicated to giving young actors and directors (between the ages of 13 and 21) new and challenging experiences with the aim of developing future community arts leaders and well-rounded performers.

Since 2008 we have been running intensive residential programs during school holidays, (usually January and July) with approximately a week of immersive work including training workshops, script and character development followed by rehearsals toward public performances.

With varying capacity (but most recent events capped at 40 participants) these programs are geared at those who have some previous performing experience, through community theatre, education settings or learning in the private sector.

To keep the costs as low as possible for the participants, TYU’s team regularly seek out philanthropic and governmental funding support from various sources.

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For further information, contact:

Joanne Watt
TYU Coordinator

0408 366 481

Alternatively, submit an enquiry here or find us on Facebook.

Listen to an interview with Jo Watt from TYU.

And here’s what playwright Finegan Kruckemeyer had to say about TYU’s production of The Grumpiest Boy in the World (TYU Summer 2020):

“It’s a great realising of the play, the ensemble work is so good, the choices made are lovely, and the fact it was all achieved in a week is ridiculous. Huge congrats to everyone, and so nice to hear your words at the end too – seems you’ve created something enduring and wonderful which helps out a lot of burgeoning performers. Congrats.”