Founded in January 2000, the Nelson Youth Theatre Company is run entirely by volunteers and to date has produced over 150 shows and run over 60 professionally taught theatre courses for young people in Nelson.
It was set up to provide opportunities for the Youth of Nelson to challenge themselves and expand their abilities through theatrical productions, whether as actors, singers, dancers, stage crew or technicians, and its slogan is “Inspiring the Future through Creativity”.

In so doing, it encourages self-motivation and self-discipline, and inspires creativity among all those involved, so that they become excellent role models for their peers, while encouraging the development of leadership skills, through providing training in directing and the opportunity to either codirect or solo direct youth theatre productions.

It also provides scholarships for youth actors to attend local, national or international training courses in theatre arts on an annual basis, and brings enjoyment, laughter and delight to a wide-ranging theatre audience by providing high quality entertainment in theatrical productions for the Nelson community. Shows such as “Les Miserables” (three times), “Chicago” and “Cats” rate among the most successful shows to be produced in Nelson in recent years.


PRINCIPLES AND OBJECTIVES

1.To provide opportunities for the Youth of Nelson to challenge themselves and expand their abilities through theatrical productions, whether as actors, singers, dancers, stage crew or technicians.

2.To create opportunities for youth actors to receive professional training from tertiary level theatre practitioners and educators, to further their knowledge and skills base as a preparation for entry into the profession.

3.To regularly stage multiple productions in one season/venue (Multiplex productions) which allow up to a dozen talented actors to play lead roles, an additional 30 to 40 to play strong character roles, while the youngest play small roles suited to their ability.

4.To encourage self-motivation and self-discipline, and to inspire creativity among all those involved, so that they become excellent role models for their peers.

5.To encourage the development of leadership skills, through providing training in directing and the opportunity to either co-direct or solo direct youth theatre productions.

6.To publicise other national and international training opportunities, such as Summer Schools for youth actors, directors and technicians, and to network with other Youth Theatre groups around the world.

7.To provide scholarships for youth actors to attend local, national or international training courses in theatre arts on an annual basis.

8. To bring enjoyment, laughter and delight to a wide-ranging theatre audience by providing high quality entertainment in theatrical productions for the Nelson community.

9. To organise sponsorship for 100 free seats for disadvantaged children, who would not otherwise have the opportunity to attend performances of a large scale musical or family pantomime staged in the Theatre Royal or School of Music.


Winner of the Supreme Award, Trustpower Nelson & Tasman Community Awards 2011

Winner of the Supreme Award, Trustpower / Nelson City Community Awards 2003 & 2008.

Nelson Youth Theatre Company

"Inspiring the future through creativity"

NELSON'S ORIGINAL AWARD WINNING YOUTH THEATRE COMPANY
Richard Carruthers(Director/Producer)
One of the best things about Youth Theatre is the camaraderie that develops between all the age groups, parents, other adult helpers, teenagers and children, all working together for a common goal. Another is the love that is evident everywhere, supporting us all in everything we do with enthusiasm, flowing out to the audience in every performance, inspiring ourselves and those around us. Love underlies the fun in everything we do!

Melanie Carruthers - "Musical Director"
Melanie began with NYTC's debut show Surgical Sensations at St Senapods. Now 176 shows later she still loves the energy and enthusiasm youth bring to shows ~ and loves that NYTC gives them these roles... so often youth are underestimated. She was the first New Zealander to gain the RSCM Gold Award in 2012 along with Susan Ledingham and Helen Baker,. "It's always astounding what youth can accomplish if only they are believed in!"
Trustpower Community Awards 2016 - Runner up in the Education and Child Youth Development category
2018 Trustpower Community Awards                          Nelson Youth Theatre Company Nelson / Tasman Supreme Winner