Creative Youth Board

We’re recruiting young people from across Milton Keynes, aged between 14-21 years for our new Creative Youth Board.

What is the Creative Youth Board?

The Play’s the Thing Theatre Company’s Creative Youth Board will be an opportunity for young people to get involved in a programme of work that will include creating new performances and working with the company on developing a range of activities, events, talks, and masterclasses aimed at young people across Milton Keynes.

The Creative Youth Board will be supported and mentored by arts industry professionals through MK Theatre, MK College and The Play’s The Thing to develop and deliver these projects throughout the year.

The Creative Youth Board will provide opportunities for leadership and decision making for young people and give you a platform for your voices to be heard, your views and ideas to be shared and give you the chance to contribute to the future development of new projects and activities led by The Play’s The Thing.

Why should I get involved?

There are many reasons why this is a great opportunity – not least because it’ll look amazing on your CV! This board will be a chance for you to develop the following skills:

  • communication and leadership
  • social – you’ll meet new friends
  • performance & technical theatre skills
  • managing projects and people
  • develop your confidence, motivation, ownership
  • analyse and give us feedback
  • decision making
  • problem solving
  • public speaking (if you want)

Who are we looking for?

Any young person interested in the performing arts aged between 14-21 years. We are looking for 12 young people in total. It is not essential to have previous experience of theatre or performance.

How much do I need to commit?

If you are selected to join our Creative Youth Board, we expect you to attend a minimum of 6 meetings per year to keep your membership active. The first board meeting will be 6-8pm on Tuesday 15 February at MK Theatre.

The Creative Youth Board will also be involved in creating and supporting new performances and activities throughout the year.  The first project will be to devise a short new piece of theatre (working with a Director from MK Theatre) for the Taking The Stage event held at MK Gallery on Sat 2nd April.  You will need to be able to attend sessions during the day on Saturday 26th   March and Sunday 27th March and in the evening of Friday 1st April to take part in this production.  All rehearsal sessions will be held at MK Theatre, with the final performance in The Sky Room at MK Gallery.

How do you apply?

To apply, you will need to complete the following 2 steps

Step 1 – complete the online application form.  If you would rather submit a video to support your application rather than completing the form, please still answer each of the questions from the form in your video and email / WeTransfer the video file to

Step 2 – send any supporting documents you would like to share by email to by Monday 31st January, 9am.  Supporting documents could include a CV, certificates, qualifications, or a supporting statement.

We will let successful applicants know by Tuesday 8th February

The Play’s The Thing Theatre Company champions equality and is committed to creating a culture that respects and values diversity, inclusivity, and equality. We welcome applicants from all sections of society and positively encourage applications from people who are underrepresented in our sector, including those from working class and ethnically diverse backgrounds or who experience racism, people who are neurodivergent, people with disabilities and people from the LGBTQ+ community.