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.
Sligo Youth Theatre is recognised as one of the most dynamic and forward thinking Youth Theatres in the country. This is as a direct result of the professionalism and dedication of the previous talented artistic directors, including Jean-Marie, who fostered and nurtured the company since 1998.
Jean-Marie, who is originally from Paris, was the artistic director of the Youth Theatre from 2012 to September 2018. A graduate of the Ecole d’Art Dramatique Jean Perimony and the Ecole Internationale Jacques Lecoq, he is an accomplished actor, director and playwright. In his role as director of the Y.T., Jean-Marie provided drama workshops for the Sligo Autism Services, The Northside Partnership and many other community voluntary groups. As a leader in European Youth Exchange Programmes, he has facilitated groups in Austria, Slovenia and Slovakia. He directed shows in Slovakia on an annual basis, for Jasidielna, an integrated festival for able bodied and those with disabilities.
He has performed with the Hereafter dance group and the Blue Raincoat Theatre, among others. A keen chess player, Jean-Marie embraced life in the North West of Ireland and was a valued and treasured asset to the community. He now lives in Porto, Portugal.
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.