FAQS - FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

What does WYA do?

When are these workshops on?

What age groups do they cater for?

How much does it cost?

Do you do productions?

What makes you different from other Irish youth theatres?

How many staff have you?

Where does your funding come from?

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What does WYA do?

WYA mainly runs creative workshops on a weekly basis in such areas as drama, dance, film, visual art and creative writing. 

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When are these workshops on?

They tend to run alongside school terms. Therefore our year also starts in September and finishes in June. We work three terms: September to Christmas / January to Easter / Easter to June.  Click here for a recent workshop schedule. 

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What age groups do they cater for?

Each area caters for different age groups. In Drama there are three age groups. They start at 9-11 years, 12-14 years and 15-19. In Dance, they start at 3 years and have a number of sub-groups up to 19 years. (Dance also has an adult group). In film they have two age groups 11 -13 years and 14 - 19 years. In Visual Art we cater for 6-8 years and 9 - 11 years. In creative writing they cater for young people 13-19 years. 

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How much does it cost?

The costs vary from year to year. Contact the office for the current rates. To give you a general idea, click here for the costs for a recent workshop term. There are special rates for two or three family members. And we also have bursaries available in case the cost is prohibitive for any young person -- talk to Cathy or Ollie.

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Do you do productions?

Yes, we have productions / sharings / readings for all the various areas. Typically, in drama we would have 2-3 major productions a year, with a number of other events, e.g. works in progress / sharings within the workshop spaces. In general, we try to give young people an opportunity of performing and try to avoid audition-type entrance requirements. This example from drama equally could be applied to dance and film. With creative writing we also encourage the idea of a reading at the end of a series of classes.  

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What makes you different from other Irish youth theatres?

After 25 years we have grown to become more of a youth arts resource organisation catering for the various art forms listed above. We also cater for the wider community including youthworkers, special youth projects, young people with learning difficulties, etc. We also deliberately place drama workshops within the community and thereby encourage young people who wouldn't have the opportunity of involvement otherwise. While relying on volunteers for a lot of activities, we also endeavour to pay professional arts workers and believe that this is necessary for the development of youth arts in Ireland.  

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How many staff have you?

We have two fulltime positions (Artistic Director and Administrator) and two part time positions (Office Manager and Dance Development Officer). We also have a number of people employed through contract work and part-time employment programmes, including administration, dance and film workers. We also employ a number of freelance drama tutors and a visual arts teacher to run workshops. And when we put on productions, we employ arts professionals, including directors, stage managers, production managers, lighting designers, etc.  

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Where does your funding come from?

The main funders are: The Arts Council, The Dept. of Education - through the local Waterford Youth Committee. We also are funded from Waterford City Council.

We are also indirectly funded through the various FAS employment projects. In more recent times we have tried to generate partnerships with various agencies and organisations for particular initiatives. We seek private sponsorship from various companies, again for particular projects, e.g. Bausch and Lomb Irland Ltd for 'The Land of Stuff' (2000) and The Book Centre for 'The Exam' (2001).  

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