About Us

Sligo Youth Theatre is a community voluntary group and a registered charity, which does not trade for profit. While members are asked to contribute a fee of €30.00 per term, (a cost amounts to a cost of €2.00 per workshop), this is waived in the case of family hardship and at the discretion of the director. A reduction is offered for siblings and there is no extra costs when children are involved in shows and productions.                                                         We operate subsidised outings to plays and shows, in conjunction with local theatres and Youth Theatre Ireland.

As a limited company, we are governed by a voluntary board of directors from many different walks of life and we  comply with all the requirements of the Companies Office. 

The Chairperson of Sligo Youth Theatre is Tara McGowan.

We are affiliated to Youth Theatre Ireland and we avail of all training, Garda Vetting, and resources which this governing body provides.

We are grateful for our continued funding by Sligo County Council and by the Arts Council of Ireland.   Thanks also to the Sligo Arts Services, who have always given unwavering support and good advices. The Youth Theatre is proud to continue to foster creativity, self empowerment and a sense of fun in its members.     







Artistic Director - Rónán Mac Raois


Sligo Youth Theatre are delighted to welcome Rónán Mac Raois as our newly appointed Artistic Director.

Rónán has over 15 years experience delivering theatre projects, workshops and productions and likes nothing better than a theatre workshop for makingcreative mischief and fun. He considers it  a real honour to take up the position of Artistic Director in Sligo. " Sligo Youth Theatre have provided incredible creative experiences for young people and brilliant productions for generations in the North West.   The bar has been set high both with creative output and artistic energy.  It's inspiring to look back on the chievement of SYT members and to be in a position ot aid and guide that vision into the future".

As a teenager, Rónán immersed himself in the world of Dry Rain Theatre in Bray, Co Wicklow. He credits his youth theatre experience with how he managed to argue his way into a Theatre Studies Degree in Trinity College DUblin. Specialising in Advanced Directing, Lighting Design  and Community Theatre, Rónán has worked variously, as a theatre outreach officer, performance director, production manager and theatre workshop facilitator.  Sligo Youth Theatre are more than pleased to have this rounded and diverse experience at our diposal in his new role.

Rónán has worked for Axis Arts Centre, Shadowbox Theatre Company, Barnstorm Theatre Company, Kilkeeny Collective for Arts Talent (KCAT), Kilkenny  V.E.C., Asylum Productions and many inspiring youth clubs, youth services and schools. He successfully relaunched  Dry Rain Youth Theatre in Bray, re-established Kilkenny Youth Theatre and for the last three years he led Rusty Frog Youth Theatre in Skibereen in West Cork.

Sligo Youth Theatre fully appreciate how lucky we are to have enticed Rónán from West Cork to bring his own brand of creative mischief and enthusiasm to Sligo and we look forward to a fun filled journey together in the coming years.








Chairperson’s bio

The Chairperson of Sligo Youth Theatre is Tara McGowan. Tara has over 20 years experience working in the field of Cultural Production and Management. During this time she has worked as Project Manager with The English Theatre in Berlin (1996-2000), General Manager with Blue Raincoat Theatre Company (2000 – 2010) and Music and Event Manager with The Model (2011 – 2016).

In 2008, Tara founded and continues to run Cairde Sligo Arts Festival – an annual multi-disciplinary arts festival which features an exceptional programme of local, national and international music, theatre, visual art, street theatre & spectacle, spoken word and more.  

In 2016, she co-founded and continues to co-manage Cait & I, together with her sister. The sisters carefully select a range of the finest Irish Design & Craft for their shop, which is located in the centre of Sligo town.

Tara works as a freelance Creative Producer and Consultant and is also known to DJ from time to time.

She is delighted to be Chairperson with Sligo Youth Theatre – an organisation, which she believes excels in its field - and looks forward to assisting its further development over the coming years.