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Young Company

The new Young Company is designed for aspirational young theatre makers who are actively pursuing a career in the performing arts.

£25 per term

Stephen Joseph Theatre


If you're interested in joining our Young Company at the start of next term, drop us a line on [email protected] to see if there are places available.

The Young Company is different from a youth theatre. It's designed to provide dedicated young theatre makers with a regular series of workshops, training, and opportunities that professionalise your work.

You'll learn a range of performance disciplines, increase your understanding of your own practice, and develop ideas. Lots of that happens across many brilliant youth theatres, but what a Young Company gives is the opportunity to really invest in the growth of talented individuals and share the talent of Scarborough and surrounding area with a wider world.  

In its first year, the Young Company will have access to weekly skills sessions, including:

  • Devising your own work about the lived experience of young people;

  • Presenting Dennis Kelly’s thrilling drama DNA in the Round in May 2024;

  • Being supported by multi-award recognised theatre director Rob Salmon, SJT Head of Creative Engagement.

After that we hope to make work to tour to other settings, collaborate with national and international partners, and bit by bit, make a major contribution to the story of Scarborough as a brilliant place for creative people to live and grow. 

There's just ten places, and that's so we can ensure we're providing everyone with the mentoring and support they deserve.


Sessions will run throughout school term time.

  • Wednesdays, 6.30 - 9pm

There's a reduced fee available for people experiencing financial difficulty.

Summer term: Wed 10 April - Wed 17 Jul (no session Wed 29 May)

About Rob Salmon

Rob's an established theatre director, mentor and consultant specialising in talent and artist development, with extensive experience working for UK producing theatres as a director and facilitator. 

He's led over 150 professional productions across a variety of scales and settings ranging from 5 star work on the Fringe to sell out actor-musician work for mid-scale venues across the UK. Rob has devised and delivered numerous education, youth, and community based theatre projects for multiple arts organisations including West Yorkshire Playhouse (Leeds Playhouse), New Vic Theatre, Salisbury Playhouse, Dukes Theatre Lancaster, and New Wolsey Theatre, where he was the Associate Director (2008-2020), Festival Director of Pulse Festival/Pulse Presents (2013-2020), and the lead programmer of the New Wolsey Studio.

He's the founder & Artistic Director of People You May Know a multi-award recognised theatre company dedicated to developing work for young audiences with pre-vocational theatre makers, and an Associate Mentor for Kildare Youth Theatre in the Republic of Ireland, and the Artistic Associate at Leeds Heritage Theatre's where he directs their annual Rock and Roll pantomime. 

Rob regularly supports a wide range of companies and artists as a collaborator and dramaturg, including Gecko, Nigel & Louise (SHUNT), playwright Josh Overton, multi award winning Police Cops, and a large number of other emerging artists and companies. He's supported hundreds of young people to get into every UK Drama School, and made a significant contribution to the growth and career development of a huge number of early career theatre makers.



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