Lewisham Youth Theatre

Lewisham Youth Theatre

Charity information

Lewisham Youth Theatre

Lewisham Youth Theatre (LYT) engages young people of Lewisham in high-quality drama projects that build artistic and life skills, including confidence, communication, team work and emotional literacy.

Founded 1987

  • Mission statement

    Lewisham Youth Theatre (LYT) creates high quality, innovative theatre projects with and for young people that enable them to reach their creative and personal potential. We believe that participation in theatre leads to
    the development and empowerment of young people. We commit to ensuring that this opportunity is available to all young people in Lewisham and that no-one should be excluded because of economic or social background.

    Since 1987, LYT has grown from a membership of 20 young people to working with over 1000 young people and attracting over 2500 audience members each year. In 2002 we began a residency at the Broadway Theatre, Catford.

    We have created a thriving centre where young people participate in theatre at every level through three youth theatres, drama workshops in the community, education outreach and storytelling initiatives. Run by professional theatre practitioners, we have a reputation for producing challenging and innovative work to a professional standard. At the heart of every project is our belief that theatre is for everyone and we target and successfully attract those who might otherwise be excluded.

  • Aims

    Lewisham Youth Theatre aims to:

    • To work with referring agencies and other professionals including schools and pupil referral units to target those most in need, and to support progression in employment and education.
    • To empower participants to positively contribute to their community through their artistic activity;
    • To improve the life chances of Lewisham young people aged 3 to 21 through participation in high quality theatre projects that raise ambitions and help develop key life skills;
    • To seek out partnerships with high quality, professional creative organisations to create innovative and ground breaking theatre projects for and with the young people of Lewisham.
    • To include our members in the planning and development of the organisation, and to promote Community Cohesion by bringing young people from across the borough together in collaborative projects.
  • Overview

    Established: May 1987

    Registered Charity Number: 297075

    Board members: 5

    Part time staff: 5

    Volunteers: 20

    Phone number: 020 8609 3428

    Address: Broadway Theatre Catford Broadway London SE6 4RU

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