THE Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse’s award-winning Young Everyman & Playhouse (YEP) Programme is now accepting applications for September 2017. The six-strand programme is designed to develop and nurture young theatre makers of the future, through a hands-on course giving YEP members real-life experience of working in regional theatre. With the guidance of experienced theatre staff, aspiring actors, directors, technicians, producers, writers and marketers are given the opportunity to learn new skills working on real-time productions throughout the course. Those successful in applying for the course will take part in a range of activities depending on the programme area they apply for. Some activities include shadowing professional directors, developing ideas for new plays, setting up sound and lighting for shows, working with artistic teams to produce performances and designing material to market productions to audiences. Featured actors from the YEP Programme include Elliott Kingsley, who formed part of the Everyman’s first repertory company in 25 years in 2017 and Lewis Bray, whose one-man production Cartoonopolis; has visited theatres across the UK to critical acclaim. Other alumni have gone onto work on projects across the UK including the Giant Spectacular in Liverpool, the Royal Shakespeare Company, National Theatre, London West-End theatre productions and full-time positions at the Everyman and Playhouse. Peter Greggs, YEP marketing alumnus and current Marketing Officer at the Everyman & Playhouse said: “To be able to work in theatre at such a young age really appealed, but being on stage wasn’t for me. “I love theatre with a powerful message that has people leaving with a different mind-set. I realised that’s something I love about marketing as well. “Working with the marketing team taught me a lot and instilled in me a new way of working that is still useful to me today.” Places on all YEP Programme strands are limited. Directors, technicians, producers, writers and marketers places are open to people aged 18 to 25, with the actors programme open to the ages of 14 to 22. All strands in the YEP Programme are completely FREE, however there is a nominal fee for the actors programme, with financial support available in some circumstances. Benefits of being a YEP member include £5 theatre tickets, money off food and drink in the Everyman, as well as the opportunity to help shape the future of local, regional and national theatre and develop a passion for theatre in an iconic Liverpool landmark. Closing dates vary depending on the programme strand. For more information and to apply visit www.everymanplayhouse.com/YEP.