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Calling all young people interested in theatre!

​If you’d like to join other young people your age that are interested in theatre and acting, having fun and making new friends – then Leitrim Youth Theatre might be for you! 

 

Leitrim Youth Theatre is a professional youth theatre programme consisting of both junior and senior groups led by highly skilled theatre facilitators providing opportunities for young people who wish to be involved in acting and theatre. Members get to take part in weekly workshops, explore their creativity, develop new skills, take part in performances, go on theatre trips, and go behind the scenes to see how the technical side of theatre happens.

This year we are delighted to include a new youth theatre group, Bright Sparks, for young people who would enjoy engaging in Youth Theatre that is provided at a more relaxed pace particularly young neurodiverse people and those that find the school system tough.

For everyone Leitrim Youth Theatre is a supportive youth network where members develop their creativity, gain self confidence and make new friends.


Leaders and Assistants

 

Jaimie Carswell. Lead facilitator Senior Carrick on Shannon Youth Theatre (Leitrim Village) 

Jaimie Carswell is an actor, musician, and clown with over 30 years professional experience. He has a degree in playwriting from Birmingham University, a theatre degree from Trinity College Dublin, and completed the 2-year professional degree at the prestigious Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris. He is a busy working actor and has worked with some of the top Irish theatre companies as well as in film, TV, and radio. Jaimie was recently in the hit show Dream Factory with Lords of Strut and is currently working with Fidget Feet Aerial Dance on their show House. A multi-award-winning artist Jaimie has worked professionally in London, Paris, and New York where his original show Cirque de Légume enjoyed a successful run off-Broadway. Jaimie is the founding director of the Irish National Clown Orchestra and has been a regular teacher at the Performing Arts School Galway where he directed several shows for young performers including The Frog Prince, The Addams Family, and the musical version of Legally Blonde.

 

Sinead Quinn. Lead facilitator Junior Carrick on Shannon Youth Theatre (Leitrim Village)

Sinead Quinn is a primary School teacher with a diploma in Special Education and a master's degree in Drama Studies from Queen's University, Belfast. She combines her academic expertise with a genuine passion for drama. With her extensive experience as a primary school teacher, she excels as a facilitator, encouraging students’ self-expression and creativity. Sinead has directed and produced several plays with the Breffni Players in The Dock and other regional venues. Sinead has also been responsible for coordinating and directing many school plays and after school drama workshops.

 

Maura Williamson Lead Facilitator Bright Sparks (The Dock)

Maura Williamson has over twenty years of experience as a youth theatre facilitator, with particular expertise and experience working with individuals with special needs. Maura obtained her Master of Arts in Dramatherapy from the National University of Ireland Maynooth in 2006, and a Diploma in Counselling Skills from St. Patrick's College in Maynooth, Co. Kildare in 1996. Throughout her career, Maura has worked as a drama facilitator, therapist, and mentor in various settings, including schools, youth groups, health centres, family centres, and community groups. As the founder of Carrigallen Youth Theatre and the Creative Voice group in Cavan, Maura has been instrumental in ensuring that every child has the opportunity to unlock their creative potential. Her with within the community has been acknowledged through many accolades such as the Leitrim Council Council Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Arts.

 

Gavin Sweeney Assistant facilitator Bright Sparks (The Dock)

Gavin graduated with a BFA in Performing Arts from the American College Dublin in 2018. He also completed an internship at Galway Community College in 2012, where he served as a drama facilitator and gained a level 6 certificate in Television production in 2013. Gavin has been accepted to NUIM to study Youth Theatre facilitation, which is delivered by Youth Theatre Ireland. Having been a part of Carrick Youth Theatre since 2007, Gavin understands the transformative power of creative environments for young individuals. He was selected for the National Youth Theatre in 2009 where he performed on the Peacock stage in The Seagull, by Anton Chekhov. That same year he was awarded the Junior Bursary at Sligo Feis Cheoil. In 2011 he came 2nd in the All-Ireland School Talent Competition and in 2014 he won "Northwest Got Talent". Gavin is an active member of the Breffni players and has acted in numerous plays in Leitrim and beyond.

 

Mia Blake Assistant facilitator Carrick on Shannon Youth Theatre (Leitrim Village)

Mia Blake's passion for the theatre was ignited during her time as a member of Leitrim Youth Theatre. Now, she is eagerly embracing her new role as Assistant Youth Theatre Leader, a position she's excited to take on. Mia recently completed her studies at Sligo ATU, graduating with a BA (Hons) in Performing Arts. Mia also has a level 5 certificate in Special needs from Portobello College. She has volunteered in kids camps in Barretstown and assisted arts camps in the Hawks Well Theatre in Sligo. Mia has secured a spot in the Youth Theatre Ireland facilitation course at NUIM, showcasing her dedication to continuous learning. Mia possesses a wide range of skills, including stage management, technical theatre expertise, and creative coordination. Mia is an active member of the Breffni Players, where she has worked as Stage Manager and Technical Operator. Not only is Mia dedicated to honing her craft, but she also demonstrates a strong commitment to community engagement.


Times, Dates, Locations and Contacts...

Leitrim Youth Theatre @ Leitrim Village Hall

 

JUNIOR GROUP (11 - 13yrs) 

Time: Wednesdays 5.15pm - 6.45pm.

Leader: Sinead Quinn

Assistant: Mia Blake

Contact: mary.blake@leitrimcoco.ie

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SENIOR GROUP (14 - 17yrs) 

Time: Wednesdays 7.00pm - 9.00pm. 

Leader: Jaimie Carswell

Assistant: Mia Blake

Contact: mary.blake@leitrimcoco.ie


Leitrim Youth Theatre Bright Sparks @ The Dock, Carrick on Shannon

 

JUNIOR GROUP (10 -13yrs) 

Time: Thursdays 5.15pm - 6.45pm. 

Leader: Maura Williamson

Assistants: Emily Sachs Eldridge,Gavin Sweeney

Contact: mary.blake@leitrimcoco.ie

SENIOR GROUP (14-17yrs) 

Time: Thursdays 7.00pm - 8.30pm.

Leader: Maura Williamson

Assistants: Emily Sachs Eldridge, Gavin Sweeney

Contact: mary.blake@leitrimcoco.ie


Leitrim Youth Theatre @ Carrigallen Community Hall  

 

JUNIOR GROUP (9 -12yrs) 

Time: Wednesdays 6.45pm - 8.15pm.

Leader: Orla Brady

Assistant: Ellen Curran

To Book Contact: Maura Williamson lytcarraig03@gmail.com

 

SENIOR GROUP (13-17yrs) 

Time: Tuesdays 6.45pm - 8.45pm. 

Leader: Maura Williamson

Assistants: Regina Kiernan

To Book Contact: Maura Williamson lytcarraig03@gmail.com

 

Leitrim Youth Theatre @ The Glens Centre, Manorhamilton

 

JUNIOR GROUP (9 -12yrs) 

Time: Saturdays 1.00pm - 2.30pm.

Leader: Tori Lee

To Book Contact: The Glens Centre 071 98 55833 or toriloulee@gmail.com

 

SENIOR GROUP (13-17yrs) 

Time: Mondays 4.30pm - 6.30pm.

Leaders: Treasa Nealon, Sonia Norris

To Book Contact: The Glens Centre 071 98 55833 or therabbitsriottheatrecompany@gmail.com


Fees

Cost for ten week term: Junior members €55, Seniors €70. (Senior Bright Sparks - €55)

Note: It is very important to us that any young person interested in youth theatre can have the opportunity to take part. If you have difficulties with payment currently, please contact, in confidence, your Youth Theatre Administrator on 087 204 5913 or leitrimyouththeatre@gmail.com, or Leitrim Arts Officer Philip Delamere on 071 96 21694 or pdelamere@leitrimcoco.ie


Policies

LYT Contract for Members

LYT Child Protection Policy

LYT Privacy Policy

For further information contact mary.blake@leitrimcoco.ie or 071 96 20005 Ext 541. 

Leitrim Youth Arts

Leitrim County Council

Aras an Chontae

Carrick on Shannon

Co. Leitrim

T: 071 96 20005 Ext 541

E: mary.blake@leitrimcoco.ie

W: leitrimarts.ie

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