Limerick Youth Theatre (LYT) was set up in 1997 in Limerick City with a vision of providing a two year training course for young adults from all backgrounds to cross social/cultural divides through youth drama experiences. LYT holds weekly workshops, creates performance opportunities and engages with professional artists. LYT presents 5 full-length productions/films/radio plays annually and collaborates with local organisations and venues throughout the year.
In September 1997, Youth Theatre Ireland (formerly known as the National Association of Youth Drama – NAYD) with the help of Ciarda Tobin held the first LYT auditions at the Belltable.
Many young people auditioned. As a result, Ciarda Tobin was first appointed co-ordinator and then Artistic Director. The current director of the Lir Academy, Ireland’s National Academy of Dramatic Art and playwright Loughlin Deegan supported by The Belltable were the main drivers behind LYT’s establishment with the help of Cork and Waterford Youth Theatres. The funders of LYT were the Vocational Education Committee now Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board. They continue to provide LYT’s main financial support.
Grants were also forthcoming from Limerick City and County Council Arts Office and the Arts Council. Since 1997 there have been four artistic directors Ciarda Tobin; Susan Brown, Miriam Lohan and presently Angie Smalis. Since its inception, LYT has provided a platform for young people in Limerick to take part in a myriad of theatre practice; including, acting, writing, stage management, radio production, dance and directing.
Angie is the Artistic Director of Limerick Youth Theatre. Her artistic background is in contemporary dance, choreography and dance pedagogy. Angie designs the annual programme; appoints the creative teams and crew, manages the personnel and overlooks the creative, educational and financial aspects of the organisation.
Deirdre started working as LYT’s administrator in 2008. Her job entails all facets of administration, to include financial management, report writing and drafting funding applications.
Arts Support Worker
John Hogan completed a two year course in Theatre Performance and Advanced Acting in 2014 and has featured in numerous plays and film projects. In 2016, he became a drama facilitator after graduating from ArtsTrain programme run by Youth Theatre Ireland. John currently works in Limerick Youth Theatre and is studying for a Higher Diploma in Drama Education with Griffith College.
Kevin currently works in production design with Limerick Youth Theatre.