Nurturing tomorrow’s performing arts practitioners and audiences

Young & Hungry has set the scene for 15-25 year olds to experience the performing arts since the 90’s. Our illustrious alumni include New Zealand acting and playwriting royalty Taika Waititi, Jo Randerson, Jackie van Beek and Briar Grace Smith. The one thing they have in common? They all started off young and hungry for their craft.

  • Brings NZ theatre to schools throughout the nation
  • Takes student ambassadors to performances in Wellington
  • Commissions youth-focussed plays and provides a performance platform
  • Connects budding writers, directors, actors and technicians with professional practitioners
  • Contributes to a vibrant New Zealand arts scene

Fostering talent & delivering creative experiences

Our purpose is to provide a safe and supportive environment for young and emerging creatives to feel empowered and encouraged to create, participate in and appreciate New Zealand theatre.

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Calling all actors, writers, directors, producers and technicians! Find out about opportunities to get your arts on! Y&H is your opportunity to explore the performing arts, for fun, or as a potential pathway to a career in the arts.

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Experiencing young people's voices performed by young people is really essential in this industry. So often young people appear misrepresented in theatrical productions and it's great that we have Young & Hungry to keep us on point and contemporary. Well done for keeping it fresh!

Hannah Clarke, Fringe Festival

I would just stress that importance of just giving things a go and that’s what Young & Hungry taught me. I totally recommend it for anyone looking to get into theatre or even just looking to make some friends.

Iris Henderson, Alumni

Having been commissioned by Y&H has been so valuable to me as a playwright. It has not only given me confidence, but also building blocks to become a better writer. It has given me support and my work exposure. It has introduced me to the wider theatre community. But above all, it has cemented my love of theatre and theatre making, not only as a practitioner but also as an audience member.

Pip Hall, Queen B, Shudder