Apply for new PhD in Theatre for Young Audiences!

There are significant gaps in the evidence currently available for understanding and evaluating the importance and value of Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA). Candidates may choose a proposal that explores Theatre for Young Audiences, Applied Theatre, Youth Theatre, Theatre in Education, and/or Theatre Education (as well as other related fields).

Led by one of the leading researchers in the field, this 3-year PhD studentship will engage with existing external partnerships (both local and international) to: a) generate evidence to develop, test and refine frameworks for understanding the value of TYA; and, b) close the gaps in the evidence for this value.

It will be aligned with a current set of research work being conducted by ASSITEJ International through the ‘Theatre & Performing Arts for Young Audiences: Building Collective Resilience’ project which is co-funded by the European Union.

Applicants are invited to define the specific focus and scope in their proposal responding to this call. It is envisaged that within an overall mixed methods design, a case study approach (however developed) would provide for analytical depth while allowing for generalisable findings, though this may be revised in dialogue between the supervisor and the successful applicant.


  • This PhD studentship opportunity is titled, Evidencing Value in Theatre for Young Audiences;
    It is being offered by Ulster University in the United Kingdom, in partnership with ASSITEJ International;
  • International students from around the world are eligible to apply for the position and the connected funding;
  • Funding may be applied for that covers academic fees AND a subsistence stipend;
  • It may be possible to engage in this PhD remotely, without needing to relocate to the university campus in Northern Ireland;
  • The submission deadline is 27th February 2023;
  • The start date of the PhD is September 2023.

More Information

Further information, including funding and application details, can be found here.

Tom Maguire, Professor of Contemporary Drama and Performance at Ulster University and Chair of the International Theatre for Young Audiences Research Network (ITYARN), is also available to discuss potential applications should anyone want to contact him directly.