NAYD (National Association for Youth Drama) is the development organisation for youth theatre and youth drama in Ireland. NAYD supports youth drama in practice and policy, and supports the sustained development of youth theatres in Ireland.
NAYD advocates the inherent value and the unique relationship between young people and theatre as an artform, and is committed to extending and enhancing young people’s understanding of theatre and raising the artistic standards of youth theatre across the country.
NAYD supports youth drama in practice through an annual programme that includes the National Youth Theatre, National and Regional festivals of youth theatres, commissioning new writing, publications, resources, training and other services as well as research and policy development.
With a membership of over 50 youth theatres throughout the country, NAYD supports the sustained development of youth theatres in partnership with local authorities, youth services, theatres and arts centres.
In addition, NAYD is involved in developing Drama in Education in Ireland, and works closely with the formal and non-formal education sector.
NAYD is principally funded by The Arts Council, the Department of Children and Youth Affairs, FÁS, and is also affiliated to the National Youth Council of Ireland.