What do we do?

Our mission is to empower and inspire young talent and ambition, to teach skills, to help launch careers and build the audience of tomorrow.

We develop and grow a community of young people, who are passionate about theatre and performance, celebrate their talent and ambition and offer them access to the professional theatre world.

Every year we host a week long festival, to which we welcome hundreds of young people, established artists and local audiences. We present 14 productions, selected through the year from across the country. We host 100 workshops, led by practitioners and industry professionals from leading theatre companies (such as Frantic Assembly, Complicite, and the RSC), drama schools (such as LAMDA, Rose Bruford and Bristol Old Vic), and independent artists (such as Chris Thorpe, Alexandra Spencer Jones, Project O, Tinuke Craig and Brigitte Aphrodite). We recruit 60 young people to our technical team, giving you hands on experience and training with state of the art kit, and 30 to our management team, developing skills in producing, venue and FoH management and arts administration. We publish Noises Off, a daily magazine, written by FestGoers, both online and in print. We programme late night entertainment, like our Cabaret (where anyone at the Festival can perform), parties and our legendary pub quiz. And we offer social spaces, long into the evening, where you can chat with each other and with the visiting artists - chat about work you love, about work you don't love, about the state of the world, and about your ambitions. At NSDF, exciting, unexpected collaborations begin; friendships are made; careers are launched.

The Festival gave FYSA Theatre the boost it needed to start making work in the professional world.

Matthew Stevens-Woodhead | The 56  | 2015 

Throughout the year we scour the country, searching for work to present at the next Festival. For NSDF 17 we saw 125 productions, selecting 14 to perform at the Festival. Our selection team is made up of performers, writers and directors. They travel around the UK, at the invitation of theatre companies and individual artists, attending one of the performances. After the show is over, they'll sit with you to talk about the work and to offer feedback. 2 months before the Festival, we all gather at our office in London to talk about all the work we've seen and select which productions we will present at the Festival. 

You can find more information about entering a show here.

Feat.Theatre's production of Say It Loud at NSDF 17.