Teatru Manoel Youth Theatre


About TMYT

Teatru Manoel Youth Theatres’ goal is to nurture the most talented young artists through training and performance opportunities. Members of TMYT will continue building their performance skills in a professional environment while also developing their life skills through teamwork and creativity. In doing so we also offer performance opportunities on the main stage of Teatru Manoel, as well as other performance spaces. 

Entrance requirements:

• Acceptance to the TMYT is by audition only. 

• Applicants must be aged between 16 and 25 years old at the time of audition. 

If you have always dreamt of being on the stage of Malta’s National Theatre and are aged between 16 and 25 years of age, look out for our next call for applications on this website or Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/TMYT-108943170735021.  Follow our Facebook page for information on future productions and opportunities.


About the Current TMYT Tutor

Although Michael Richardson originally trained as an opera director, his career has been divided between the worlds of opera and musical theatre, and that of youth theatre.

He established Shrewsbury Youth Theatre in 1994, which became the first youth theatre in England to be wholly owned and managed by its young participants.  In 2002 he launched new youth theatre activity at the Midlands Arts Centre in Birmingham, before moving to Scotland to be Artistic Director of West Lothian Youth Theatre, which under his leadership was one of the biggest youth arts organizations in Scotland.

Michael has also been involved in the development of the youth theatre sector. As Regional Development Worker for the National Association of Youth Theatres in England he was responsible for providing training, mentoring and networking opportunities for youth theatre practitioners in the West Midlands.  He was a founding member of the Board of Trustees of Promote-YT (Scotland), later becoming the Chair.  Under his leadership the organization launched, amongst other things, the National Festival of Youth Theatre.

In Scotland Michael delivered Continuing Professional Development for teachers, giving them the skills to use the non-formal learning techniques of youth theatre in the more formal environments of the school classroom.  Internationally he has delivered numerous residential projects aimed at training youth workers from across Europe and beyond to be able to use youth theatre techniques in non-formal learning environments.  In 2015, his book Youth Theatre, Drama for Life was published by Routledge.

Michael brings this knowledge and experience to his new role as Director of TMYT.  His aim is to establish a working environment in which young people are empowered to speak in their own voices; where non-formal learning in soft skills such as confidence, communication and team-work as well as in the more quantifiable techniques of acting and performance sit at the heart of the programme; and which demonstrates its success as a centre of creative learning by staging theatrical performances of the highest artistic quality.


Previous Performances:



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Lord of The Flies

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Speak No Evil

Speak No Evil, TMYT Showcase (2019) incorporated devised scenes, songs, monologues written by individual actors, and a number of found texts, used either in their original form or edited to make them appropriate to the narrative.  Most importantly, the piece was developed by the ensemble, and reflected the concerns, pre-occupations and anxieties of all those involved in its creation. Covering subjects including detention centres, political cover-ups, freedom of the press and sexual abuse, this hard-hitting narrative was conveyed fearlessly and unapologetically.




A Toi Toi commissioned work about the history of Teatru Manoel, a project supported by Valletta Cultural Agency. The work itself was conceived as a TMYT project with The New Victorians, but due to the Pandemic, has been rescheduled as a Teatru Manoel production for April 2022. Eight members of 2019-2020 TMYT collaborated in the creation of this work.



Updated Pictures of the TMYT Group

Upcoming Events

O - Tribut lil Prof. Oliver Friggieri
01 October 2021 - 03 October 2021
O - Tribut lil Prof. Oliver Friggieri
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11 February 2022 - 20 February 2022
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