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 NAYD (National Association for Youth Drama).

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. John O'Dea is the current Chairperson of this board.

We are affiliated to NAYD , (National Association for Youth Drama). 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.     



Director’s bio

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  talented artistic directors who fostered and nurtured the company since 1998.  We are delighted that the current artistic director, Jean-Marie Perinetti continues.

Jean-Marie, who is originally from Paris,  has been artistic director of the Youth Theatre since 2012. 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 has 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 directs a show in Slovakia annually 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 has embraced life in the North West of Ireland, although it remains to be seen if he may ever fully embrace the challenges of the Irish weather!


Chairperson’s bio

The Chairperson of Sligo Youth Theater is John O'Dea, a former lecturer of environmental science in IT Sligo. John has a long history of  involvement with the arts in Sligo including the  setting up and running of the Sligo Arts Festival, Sevenwoods Theatre Company, The Blue Raincoats and the Model Arts Centre. More recently he co-edited The Roscommon Anthology,  with his brother and he has just completed a Literary Trail Map of the Lakelands and Internal Waterways for Discover Ireland.  John is dedicated to the ethos of fostering the arts through the young people of Sligo. He is also a musician of some note.  Watch out for him at some of Sligo's funkiest watering holes!