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.     



Paul Cunningham

Chairperson’s biography

Paul has worked in the cultural sector for over 25 years in programming, marketing, communications and event management roles across a broad range of arts disciplines. He has worked with The Model, Sligo, Blue Raincoat Theatre Company and is currently Head of Marketing & Communications at The Dock, where he also works in artistic programming. He is a board member of Leitrim Sculpture Centre, Sligo Scouts and the Creative Ireland Leitrim Team. His other passion is music and he has worked as a DJ for longer than he can remember. He has also worked extensively in music education with young people and Special Needs groups.

Paul is passionate about the positive transformative power of the arts particularly in the lives of young people. He hopes that his tenure as Chairperson of Youth Theatre will see the organisation continue to grow and flourish remain an integral part of its members lives.

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