Oldham Theatre Workshop (OTW) is a drama and theatre resource situated in the centre of Oldham, with an expressed mission of providing access to theatre and drama for all young people aged between 6 and 25 who live within OMBC and around.
The service has been in existence since 1968 and is widely considered to be one of the country's foremost Youth Theatre organisations. OTW is funded by Oldham's Adult and Community Services department and has a strong presence within and outside of the borough.
Although OTW has a history of producing high quality theatre productions it's success is not measured by the number of star recruits to stage and screen but in the raised self-esteem and awareness of those youngsters we never see. We believe that young peoples' lives should be enriched by the arts in general, and theatre in particular.
Theatre has the capacity to entertain, inform and educate. It is a potent medium for the delivery of social education. Over the years OTW has fostered many successful partnerships and managed a range of educational projects using drama as a medium to stimulate learning in a variety of subject areas. We believe that theatre for, with and by young people should be innovative, thought provoking, educational and accessible.
OTW offers work with skilled professionals in a broad range of performance activities including theatre, music, drama, dance and film and through these, young people are encouraged to think about their environment in a way that enables them to more fully understand themselves and the world around them.
OTW has a full time Artistic Director, a full time Applied Theatre Practitioner, a full time Administrator, a part time Finance Manager and two part time wardens. In addition to these we have a range of regular freelance artists who have a great deal of experience working in arts education.
Members of Mandy who have worked for Oldham Theatre Workshop