Young Company

We believe in the power, flair and energy of young people and we make it our priority to offer unmissable opportunities.

We connect up with excellent artists, and pour our energy and resources into ideas that young makers have the desire and dream to make happen.

Young Company is a brand new programme of innovative, dynamic projects and opportunities for young people aged 16 - 21 in the North East. A place to discover and develop your talents, skills and flair, to meet new people and have a blast.

We work collectively. We co-design projects. We meet, create and rehearse at Northern Stage and in different locations across the city.

We are making a number of brand new projects with partners across the city, investing our energies into ideas that are burning in our young people and whose voices and stories might be unheard and untold.


We actively seek to present and make work in partnership with arts companies, charities, community groups and organisations across the North East.

If you have a great idea for a project, or if you know a group of young people who would like to collaborate, then please contact Louie Ingham, Associate Director, and let’s start a conversation.

The programmes

Ensemble Makers and Creatives Associates Access Fees

Ensemble - is now sold out

September 2017 – May 2018

Our Ensemble will generate, develop and produce explosive high quality performance events across the city.

Open to young performers aged 16-21, the Ensemble is a diverse mix of people.

We encourage and support performers right at the start of their performance journey, through to those looking to go onto industry based training.

If you’re an actor, MC, spoken word artist or physical theatre performer in the making, then the Ensemble is a place where you will be able to platform and push yourself creatively.

Mondays, Northern Stage 6pm – 8pm

First Session Monday 18th September 2017

The Young Company Ensemble will premiere an unmissable bold theatre event in April 2018.

Makers and Creatives - Places still available to join in week 2

1st November – 13th December 2017

£5 per session 

Our Makers & Creatives is a 7 week programme of workshops exploring key roles and areas of theatre making.

This term the makers and creatives will follow the process of putting Alice and Wonderland together. Perfect for anyone interested in creative and productions roles in the theatre.  Discover all the secret insights of the Alice and Wonderland rehearsal room. 

Covering Theatre Design, Composition, Directing, Production and Stage Management, these practical workshops with resident makers and top notch industry professional will offer excellent insights into these areas of expertise.

Our Makers & Creatives will then be invited to focus on one key area, deepen their understanding and explore their creativity on the Young Company production in Spring 2018.

Wednesdays, Northern Stage 6pm – 7:30pm

To book a place email Pippa on [email protected] or call 0191 242 7244

The Collective

8th November - 13th December
£5 per session, £30 for the term
Bursary places avilable on request

The Collective is a group of young makers, and will work in a similar way to The Ensemble, collaborating, developing ideas, and creating small pop up performance events and project.

Open to young performers aged 16-21, the collective is a diverse mix of people.

If you're an actor, MC, spoken word artist or physical theatre performer in the making, then the collective is a place where you will be able to platform and push yourself creatively.

Wednesdays, Northern Stage 7.30pm-9pm.

To book a place please contact Pippa on [email protected] or call 0191 242 7244 


Associates are our extended family, who we meet through projects and work with us at distance depending on where their creative adventure takes them. You might be an actor, or a reviewer, or have worked on a project and want to keep in touch creatively.

We bring talented, exceptional artists from across the region and the UK to work with our Young Company across our programmes.

As a member of Young Company you will join us on creative adventures seeing brilliant theatre, gigs and events across the North East and the UK.

As an Associate we will:

- Send you opportunities in the North East and UK that come through for Young Company

- Offer you one session of practical training or career advice

- A complimentary ticket to a show (subject to availability)

- Invitations to seasonal Young Company gatherings and get togethers

£20 per term one-off payment (Free bursary places available)


We are proudly open access – no audition and no previous experience necessary. You simply need to complete a short form/make a video – see below for further info.

We work as a whole team of diverse young people - if you need one-to-one support please bring someone with you, and get in touch with us to tell us how best we can support your creative adventure.

All three stages and our rehearsal and meetings spaces are wheelchair accessible.


Fees for term (12 sessions) £60 (£5 per session). This can be paid all in one go or in four insallments of £15.

Thanks to support from The Clothworkers’ Foundation we are able to offer “pay what you can”, or, to put it another way, how much you pay is based on your family circumstances. We have a number of FREE bursary places available too. Contact [email protected] for details.

We want to find ways to help you to join the adventure, and we are always open to meeting up for a chat so you can find out more. Just email Associate Director, Louie Ingham at [email protected] to arrange a meet up.