Rhona Dunnett's profile

Name: Rhona Dunnett

Website: www.nayd.ie

Member since:2011-02-11

Last online:2011-03-23


I am the Research and Development Officer at NAYD (The National Association for Youth Drama). I support the sustained development of youth theatre through the development of resources, work with local agencies and youth theatre partners, and the provision of guidance and support to existing and emerging youth theatres. I also carry out research to document and explore youth theatre practice in Ireland, as well as developing NAYD`s work and resources for the formal education sector. I previously worked in theatre education and youth theatre in England and Italy. I`m a former member of Activate Youth Theatre, Cork.

Professional Statement

The National Association for Youth Drama (NAYD) 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. NAYD is committed to extending and enhancing young peoples 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 60 youth theatres throughout the country, NAYD supports the sustained development of youth theatres in partnership with local authorities, youth services, theatres and arts centres. ?NAYD provides guidance to individuals and groups involved in youth drama on artistic, welfare and organisational issues as well as providing a support service to individuals and groups setting up new youth theatres.