Voice Work, Improvisation & Accent Training


Professionally Arranged & Executed a Few Times a Year



Presence, Stage Combat, Figurative Theatre & Dance

Script Analysis, Character Development & Direction


Advice from Theatre Administrators, Actors & Creative Personnel


Theatrical Training from Galway's Top Theatre Talent


A collection of shows we've put on with passion

The Star Child 2019
The Star Child 2019
Chatroom 2019
Chatroom 2019
Wit, 2018
Yellow Moon, 2017
The Dead School, 2015
The Dead School 2015
Midsummer, 2014
Shay Mouse, 2013
Frank Pig Says Hello, 2012
Crestfall, 2012
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What is Galway Youth Theatre?

Galway Youth Theatre was set up in 1991. The aim of GYT was to provide a safe environment where young people could gain access to the arts through a theatre training programme. The training would allow the participants to acquire new skills in performance and to develop their confidence and self-esteem. GYT offers its main service provision to young people in Galway city but also facilitates programmes throughout Galway County. 

What does our training encompass?

Galway Youth theatre offers a theatre training course to anyone aged 15-23. The course training, which commences in October and runs to March, offers workshops in various disciplines from characterisation and voice work to physical movement, stage combat and improvisation. Each term has a workshop training programme led by professional facilitators and members can enrol for up to two weekly workshops. At the end of the course is a showcase presentation, where members can exhibit their new skills in a professional theatre setting. Members will also have the chance to take part in specialised master-classes, theatre visits and one off projects such as the One-Act Festival and the 24 Hour Theatre Project. Members are also given the opportunity to audition for two annual productions in spring and summer, for Cúirt International Festival of Literature  and Galway International Arts Festival


How much does it cost to join Galway Youth Theatre?

The course fee is 50 euro per term. The first term runs from October to December and the second term from January to March.

To book the course please fill out this application form and email it to

When does Galway Youth Theatre take place?

On Monday evenings from 7-9 pm with Eilish McCarthy and on Thursday evenings from 7-9 pm with Conor Geoghegan. Classes take place in Galway Arts Centre but this is subject to change.

CRO 111140 | Charity Number: 8963


Introduction to Youth Theatre /Introduction to Improvisation

By Conor Geoghegan

Term 1: Introduction to Youth Theatre:


  • Connection, complicity and audience sensitivity

  • Listening 

  • Trust.

  • The game of theatre

  • Ensemble work

  • Voice

  • Movement

  • Character

  • Improv

  • Stage Craft


Term 2: Introduction to Improv

  •  Improv Basics

  • Movement

  • Voice

  • Characterisation

  • Scene Building

  • Game of Theatre

  • Give/Take of Improvisation

  • Who/What/Where of Improvisation

  • Stagecraft

  • Build our own improvisation show

  • Attachments area


Theatre Making: Tools for Making Theatre / My Kind of Theatre!

By Eilish McCarthy

Term 1 
Tools for Making Theatre
During this term young people will begin to explore the roles and tools of theatre makers. The group will investigate why people desire to tell stories on stage, and what kinds of stories we can tell on stage. Then in a fun and experimental environment, the group will be introduced to some of the different ways we as theatre makers can share these stories. 
In this term young people will gain experience in aspects of theatre such as

  • Characterisation

  • Script analysis

  • Directing

  • Devising

  • Ensemble

while also working on focus, confidence, presence, groupwork and performance skills. 
Through conversation, research, collaboration and creation the group will learn both from the tutor and from each other. The worth of every young person's experience and ideas is central to this course. At the end of term young performers will be encouraged to reflect on what is the beginning of their own “performers toolkit” and encouraged to embrace their skills, talents, achievements and learning.


Term 2 
My Kind of Theatre!
What Can Theatre Do?
At the beginning of this term every young person will be encouraged to reflect on their understanding of theatre, and on the aspects of theatre that excite them as individuals and as a group. This term will then focus on a student-led project which will be showcased at the end of term. 
What will OUR theatre do?
During this term young performers will develop vocal and physical performance techniques, alongside script analysis, devising and ensemble skills in a practical learning environment. This term will be an opportunity for young people to build on and utilise skills they may have developed outside of their Galway Youth Theatre training, as well as new skills gained over the term. 
Aside from performing, this term will provide an opportunity for young theatre makers to explore writing, directing, producing and designing as they create their end of term showcase. 






Phone: + 353 (0) 91 565 886

Address: Galway Arts Centre, 47 Dominick Street, Galway City


Andrew Flynn | Director

In his role, Andrew orchestrates the arranging of our theatre show by curating and unifying various endeavours and aspects of production. His function as the director is to ensure the quality and completeness of theatre production and to lead the members of the creative team into realizing their artistic vision for it.

Karen Arnold

General Manager

Karen graduated from UCD with a degree in English and History of Art, and from NUIG with a postgrad in Arts Administration. She has worked with Galway Arts Centre for four years, in the Visual Art Department, with Cúirt International Festival of Literature and most recently with Galway Youth Theatre

Conor Geoghegan | Tutor

Conor is a student of NUIG, Galway Youth Theatre, Ecole Philippe Gaulier and Artstrain (NAYD). Over the years he has worked with a variety of groups looking at movement, characterisation, improvisation and voice.

Eilish McCarthy | Tutor

Eilish is a Galway based actor and drama teacher. Since studying drama at NUIG she has performed and led drama workshops internationally with Emerald Isle Theatre Company. She has toured nationally with Decadent Theatre Company and Fregoli Theatre Company and performed with RTE Radio Drama and Druid Theatre Company.


"I learned so much as a member of Galway Youth Theatre and everyone is so supportive and encouraging. If you're considering joining, just do it!"

Tara Finn / Actress

"Galway Youth Theatre gave me an amazing opportunity to work with incredibly talented  people. It was a wonderful experience and as one of the younger members I felt constantly inspired and encouraged by those around me."

Rosa Mäkelä / Actress


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