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Carriageworks Young Theatre Makers

Carriageworks Young Theatre Makers

If you are aged 10-19 join Carriageworks Young Theatre Makers and keep performing all year!


About CYTM

Build drama skills and confidence by creating and performing in three original plays each year in our high-profile professional theatre.

CYTM develops young people’s skills as actors, writers and directors.

The shows have been a part of Light Night Leeds, Holocaust Memorial Day, and Carriageworks Theatre’s 10th birthday celebrations, to name just a few.

Led by professional writer/director, Ruth Cooper, the members do more than just learn lines; they learn to create performances from their own ideas and imaginations.

In creating a new play, CYTM work as an ensemble, developing teamwork and performance skills and increasing their knowledge of working in live theatre. They form a supportive group in which their creativity is nurtured and they are offered a genuine platform for their ideas.

"I really enjoyed watching Nothing Stays the Same and particularly the way, like other CYTM shows, the performance was clearly developed with the young actors involvement and stemmed from their own ideas. Ruth manages to get the balance right between a genuine interest in what young people have to say and a professional script and production that they feel proud to be part of."

CYTM Groups A (10- 14) and B (15-19) meet every Saturday during term time and each group create three original performances over the course of a year.

View the CYTM Info Pack for more information.          

Young People's Arts Awards

We offer older members of CYTM the opportunity to gain a Bronze or Silver Arts Award as part of the group.  The Arts Award supports young people to develop as artists and arts leaders and is a nationally recognised qualification run by Arts Council England and Trinity Guildhall.  For more information visit
Session information
Times: Saturdays during term time Group A 12:30pm - 2:30pm or 3pm - 5pm for Group B


" is truly an experience you cannot get anywhere else. The productions are always innovative and unique, and I'm so glad I came!"

How to Join

Due to high levels of interest every year, places will be filled by an informal audition process. It will be a group workshop audition in which the young people will be asked to take part in games and activities which will give a flavour of how we work, there is no need to prepare anything ahead of time.

This will also be your chance to meet us and find out more information about the CYTM.

To inquire about joining please contact Ruth by emailing or calling with your name, age and phone number.

Phone: 07891272410
Please note Ruth only works part-time and will get back to you as soon as she is able.