Theatre Partnerships

Nomad Theatre Networks

Droichead Arts Centre is a founding member of NOMAD Theatre Network. NOMAD was set up in January 2006 to further the development of the performing arts in the North Midlands region and extend the parameters of regional, national and international performances available to venues and their audiences partnership network set out to encourage more theatre companies both national and international to tour to the region, to produce high quality theatre and ultimately to enrich and strengthen performing arts practice in the region and shape the future development of touring.

Nomad is the first network of its kind, being a partnership of venues and a professional theatre company working together to change the face of touring and theatre in the region. For more information on Nomad productions check out


Tailtiu Theatre Company

The Shakespeare Sessions | Tailtiu Theatre in association with the Droichead Arts Centre | Feb – April 2019

Are you sick of Shakespeare? Bored of the bard? Is your head melted with iambic pentameter, technique, and motif? Well fear not as facilitators Barry Morgan and Cathal Thornton will visit second level schools to offer workshops with a different approach to Shakespeare. By working closely with the Junior and Leaving Certificate English curricula, Tailtiu have devised a series of workshops to aid students in their understanding of these often-feared texts when it comes to assessments.

Cost: A 90min workshop with up to 20 students per class is €100 | A workshop with between 20-30 students is €150 
Minimum number of students is 10 per session. Max is 30.
Days: Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays. Facilitatators will host workshops scheduled at a time to suit your school and class timetable. 

To book a workshop, please contact Rita on 041 987 5140 or email
Please download and fill in the Registration Form provided with your booking details. 



Droichead Youth Theatre

Droichead Youth Theatre has been central to the vibrant theatrical life of Drogheda over the past 24 years. Of equal importance to the arts training dimensions of our activity are the social, educational and personal development aspects of creative youth work. In any population, a youth theatre can and should serve these multiple functions. This can only proceed however, if sustainable support systems and infrastructure are in place. 

Youth drama introduces young people to the arts and creativity in a way that commercial drama academies and school drama courses can never do. The ethos is collective. It engenders discipline without resorting to authoritarian systems. Youth theatre not only stimulates an early love and appreciation of the arts, it encourages mutual respect, intellectual questioning and active citizenship. It is a foundation training pitch for potential future artists, but it is much more than that.  It is a living, proven platform for innovative arts and creativity as a staple in the life of people of this town. 

The History

Droichead Youth Theatre RehearsalDroichead Youth Theatre was established in 1991 by Declan Mallon and Aileen Hanratty, and supported and hosted from its inception by Droichead Arts Centre. The youth theatre has been committed at all times to providing an open, all-comers platform for creativity, learning and social development for young people between the ages of 12 and 18. 

From its early days, DYT has been an active member of the National Association for Youth Drama, now called Youth Theatre Ireland, and has contributed to national policy studies as well as hosting regional and cross-border youth theatre network events and residentials. Many of our members have participated in national projects such as NAYD's Young Critics, National Youth Theatre, National Festivals and the Young Leaders programme. Our primary function, however, has been to offer opportunities for young people in Drogheda to become involved with the performing arts and to grow and develop as full, cultured citizens through structured, disciplined and ambitious artistic endeavours. 

The fact that Drogheda is a major centre on the East Coast of Ireland for professional arts - with professional companies based in the town and a major arts festival - is attributable in no small measure to the quality and consistency of the youth theatre as a formation platform for talent.  

The youth theatre currently has approximately 60 members, across four groups, ranging in age from 12 to 18. The groups meet weekly for a drama workshop on Friday evenings and Saturday mornings at Droichead Arts Centre for approximately 10 months of the year. Generally each year, the group will produce one show. Other educational and social projects are undertaken as the opportunity and the funding arise, including showcasing scenes, contributing to educational videos, participating in local festivals and engaging in outreach activity with other groups in the community.

The current Artistic Director of the Youth Theatre (since 2012) is Christina Matthews, a DYT alumnus who went on to study theatre after her experience as a member of the youth theatre. Christina holds a B.A. in Drama and Theatre Studies from Trinity College, where she specialised in Theatre Management, Community Drama and Devising, and a diploma in Stage Management from LAMDA. She is currently completing an M. Ed in Drama in Education at Trinity College. She is a founding member of Sugarglass Theatre, for whom she is the Company Manager. Christina has previously facilitated with The Drogheda School of Performing Arts, The Dublin Shakespeare Festival, Cinemagic, local Foróige groups, Prosper Fingal, and Independent Youth Theatre, for whom she was Artistic Director.

Previous artistic directors have included Niall Cleary, Sharon Cromwell (who came from a professional background in improvisation and devised theatre) John Ruddy, (who has worked with both Upstate and Calipo among others); and Declan Mallon (now Director Upstate Theatre Project).

Trips and events

Droichead Youth Theatre takes part in a number of events, projects and trips outside of our own shows and productions. The youth theatre is a member of the Youth Theatre Ireland take part programmes each year, such as National Youth Theatre, Young Critics, the National Festival of Youth Theatres, and New Stage, in addition to various training seminars and conferences. 
Theatre trips are an important part of youth theatre life. The group regularly attends shows at the Droichead Arts Centre, as well as visiting various theatres in Dublin. Droichead Youth Theatre has also participated in master workshops with a number of theatre practitioners, and has participated in a number of events within Drogheda.


Droichead Youth Theatre runs for one year with three terms from September - May. Each term is for 10 weeks generally. The cost per term is €50 and this fee must be paid upfront at the start of term. The Youth Theatre has an open door policy and all fees are kept at the minimum cost.

For more information on joining DYT, email Artistic Director Christina Matthews at or check out our Facebook page,

Child Safeguarding Statement Droichead Youth Theatre 2018