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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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.”