wgytc is a youth theatre providing quality performance experiences for young people aged 11-21 in the West Glamorgan area.
The Company has historically been funded by City and County of Swansea and Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council but now survives solely on grants and charitable donations.
The Company is run by an Artistic Directorate responsible for ensuring a varied and challenging programme of study for participants.The aim of the work is to broaden students knowledge of dramatic text by focusing on less traditional, ‘popular’ youth productions.
wgytc also prides itself in creating work for a variety of venues across the counties, ranging from Arts Centres to schools and outdoor spaces.
The Company was founded by drama educationalist and advisor Godfrey Evans, he writes:
"West Glamorgan Youth Theatre Company was established as part of the implementation of a series of policy decisions by the then county education authority: access to the arts was considered important for all young people. Linked with this was the belief in the value of residential education. The Youth Theatre was seen as part of an integrated education provision in collaboration with the work of schools and colleges.
From this beginning, wgytc has grown, developed, changed but has always balanced a fundamental expectation of success for all young people, with rigour and with creativity."