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Storyhouse Young Company (SYC)

Storyhouse Young Company (SYC) is a free training programme for 18-25 year olds who are interested in performing.

SYC is a 6-month programme of practical workshops and masterclasses with professional artists leading to an intensive 3-week rehearsal and show period working with a leading professional Director.  

Storyhouse Young Company is designed to give you the opportunity to develop your theatre and performance skills. You will be supported by a team of professional artists with a wealth of experience in the industry to make a show to be presented in our theatre spaces.  

We want to work with people with a range of creative skills from actors, dancers, musicians, poets, MCs and those who have no previous performance experience.


Introducing: Storyhouse Young Company Class of 2024.

What do Young Company do?

  • Meet weekly and work with a practitioner to develop performance skills  
  • Create a production with a Director and perform it in the Garret Theatre as part of Storyhouse’s theatre programme 
  • Have the opportunity to audition for Trainee Actor roles upon completion of the programme 
  • Be invited to masterclasses with industry professionals  
  • Collaborate with other Young Storyhouse members  
  • Get the opportunity to join Young Catalysts

What do Young Company gain?

  • A network of like-minded people 
  • New skills and ideas 
  • Increased confidence 
  • The opportunity to work with a range of people including industry professionals 
  • Tickets to see Storyhouse productions 
  • Mentoring and exclusive backstage access to Storyhouse 
Can I join Storyhouse Young Company?

If you’re aged 18-25, live in Cheshire or the nearby areas and have an interest in live performance then SYC is for you! 

We will prioritise working with people who are not currently at university, in drama school or who have Agent representation. As SYC is a free programme, we want to make sure that we are prioritising people who wouldn’t otherwise get this type of training. 

When is the next SYC at Storyhouse?

Recruitment will open in December for the 2025 intake.

How do I join?

Applications for January 2024 intake have now closed. Please check back here for updates!

To join, you will need to complete a short application form (below) and then come along to an informal workshop audition where we will be meeting everyone and finding out about their skills and experience. Everyone who fills out an application form will be invited to audition.  

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