Supporting and developing theatre and the performing arts in Northern Ireland


TheatreNI is the representative body to support and develop theatre and the performing arts for all in Northern Ireland including in its widest terms the areas of drama, physical theatre, dance, circus, street theatre, musical theatre and opera.

TheatreNI was established following a merger between the Ulster Association of Youth Drama (UAYD) and Northern Ireland Theatre Association (NITA) in Spring 2015 – signifying a new era for the theatre and performing arts sector.

TheatreNI aims to create a vibrant, healthy theatre sector by supporting its members and the wider sector to encourage participation in theatre and the performing arts. A key priority is ensuring the accessibility of theatre throughout the human lifecycle: promoting access to theatre from the very start through education and opportunities for children and young people; providing training opportunities for those considering a career in theatre; ensuring ongoing professional development for those working in the sector; or just enjoying theatre as an audience member.

A strategic plan setting out the direction of the organisation for the next three years has been developed, which you can read below.