PLEASE NOTE MORE DATES AND AUDITION SLOTS ARE BEING ADDED, AND WILL CONTINUE TO BE ADDED UNTIL THE DEADLINE ON SATURDAY 28 SEPTEMBER. WE ARE COMMITTED TO MEETING EVERY PERSON THAT IS INTERESTED IN JOINING OUR GROUPS.
The Almeida Young Company brings together young theatre makers to create vibrant work inspired by big ideas. There are two ensemble groups: 14–18 years and 18–25 years. The groups meet weekly to develop acting, improvisation and devising techniques, as well as working with a wide variety of outside practitioners, exploring bold ways of giving voice to young artists. Each year, the two Young Companies work towards a final, end of year performance, working with industry-leading creatives on world-premiere productions.
Alumni from the Young Company have gone onto shows on the mainstage at the Almeida, the Kiln Theatre, been accepted into drama schools and gained agents.
Please note, for the 18-25 Young Company, we do not offer places to people who have completed three years at drama school. This is to ensure we allow fair opportunities for all young people.
How to apply
To apply, please fill in the registration and application form linked below.
We meet with every young person that applies, but are interested to hear why you would like to join the Young Artist programme, and so require this information from every applicant.
We ask for you to book into an audition slot, listed below. Please be aware that there are particular dates for each different strand of our Young Artist programme. The audition dates for the Young Company are outlined below.
14-18 Young Company
First Round: Saturday 5 October / Tuesday 8 October
Recalls: Saturday 12 October / Sunday 13 October
18-25 Young Company
First Round: Sunday 6 October / Monday 7 October
Recalls: Saturday 12 October / Sunday 13 October
All auditions will take place at our 108 Upper Street Offices, N1 1QN.
If the audition slots are sold out, please keep checking back as we will add additional dates in the coming days.
We will be in touch to confirm allocated audition slots once the application deadline has passed on Saturday 28 September.
The Almeida Young Company is year round ensemble which aims to create the theatre artists of the future. Each year we bring together young theatre makers to create vibrant work inspired by big ideas.
There are two Young Company groups: 14–18 years and 18–25 years. The groups meet weekly to explore acting, writing and devising techniques, as well as working with a wide variety of outside practitioners to explore bold ways of telling stories and create urgent and exciting theatre.
The Young Company (14–18) meet on Monday evenings from 7-9pm and the Young Company (18–25) meet on Tuesday evenings from 7-9:30pm.
Over the year-long programme, the Almeida Young Company aims to nurture individual voices within the company, and provide a platform for experimentation and innovation in performance.
Explore: Discover what it's like to be in the Young Company with our blogs from members of the 2018/19 groups.
We recruit for both of our Young Companies in September of each year. To receive an alert when auditions are open, please sign up to our mailing list here.
The 2018/19 Almeida Young Companies worked with an exciting creative team to performt two World Premieres in July 2019.
The 14–18 company worked with director Roberta Zuric and writer Molly Taylor to perform The Wave. Find out more information about the production here.
The 18–25 company worked with director Joseph Hancock and writer Nina Segal to perform (This Isn't) A True Story. Find out more information about the production here.
The 14–18 company performed Luke Barnes’s original script Loki and Cassie: A Love Story, exploring themes of masculinity, teenage relationships and the darkest corners of modern society.
The 18–25 Young Company collaborated with writer Molly Taylor to create Cacophony which was inspired by the ideas in Jon Ronson’s book, 'So You Think You’ve Been Publicly Shamed'.
Both shows played to a sold out Almeida auditorium in July 2018.
Cacophony returned to the Yard Theatre in 2019 for a limited, sold out run. Find out more here.
Listen to a podcast about the journey of Cacophony here created by Florence Hatton.
In summer 2016 the Young Company devised a piece of work entitled From the Ground Up alongside Joeri Smet, a founding member of Belgian theatre collective Ontroerend Goed. Every element of this original immersive production was worked on in collaboration with the Young Company. It was a thrilling and provocative interactive show that united and divided the audience through a series of challenging questions, stories and dilemmas, both political and personal.
After a two-week London run at Shoreditch Town Hall, From The Ground Up continued on to a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe 2017.