Volunteer with us

Crooked House is a charity (a non-governmental organisation devoted to the public good). Our work depends on a small team of staff and a large group of volunteers. Together, they make a huge and positive impact on the lives of young people in our region.

Our national volunteers come to us from third level student placement progarmmes, mainly Maynooth Univesity’s Applied Social Studies department. Other national volunteers come up through our workshops and programmes and remain on as leaders and assistants.

Our international volunteers are supported by the European Union, through two different programmes. They are the European Solidarity Corps (ESC) and the Erasmus+ Student Traineeship. The ESC programme is for volunteers from within , and from outside of the European Union. We actively recruit many young people from Asia, Africa and the countries neighbouring the EU, ans well as young people from within the EU. The Student Traineeship programme is only for EU countries, and for students at third level undergraduate and postgradute progarmmes.

Our international volunteers are mostly all theatre-makers. We accept applications only from young, trained (or professional) actors aged 21 to 30 (and one or two other related disciplines).

Below you can watch videos made by our international volunteers over the years. And you can then click on European Solidarity Corps or Student Traineeship to find out more about each , and to start the application process.

European Solidarity Corps

Acting Together is a European Solidarity Corps project. It is a volunteering programme based in Newbridge, Ireland for young actors aged between 21 and 30. The volunteers work with our theatre company, providing free drama and film-making workshops to teenagers in our community.

The volunteers support all areas of the theatre company, from administration to directing plays. In return, the project will train the actors in the process of drama facilitation and directing so that they can enhance their employability by gaining valuable new skills.

Erasmus+ Student Traineeship

Since 1994 Crooked House ran occasional workshops and short programmes for teenagers, usually for 6 weeks or duirng holiday periods. In 1996 we decided to run a more formal, long-term project called Kildare Youth Theatre (since there was no other youth theatre in the county at the time). It was launched in Newbridge in October 1996 with 14 young people (including teenagers Brenda Donohue who played a leading role in Waking the Feminists movement in 2015, and LIam Geraghty who became an award-winning audio producer of podcasts and radio for RTE and others). Kildare Youth Theatre @ Crooked House ran on Wednesdays after schools with workshops led by theatre-maker Anne Mekitarian with Peter Hussey as Artistic Director. Their first play was ‘Over The Wall’ – a socio-political fable by James Saunders, staged during Newbridge’s Bealtaine Festiavl in May 1997.

Since then it has grown into one of the country’s largest youth theatres with over 150 members aged between 11 and 22. Kildare Youth Theatre stages several productions per year, ranging from Shakepeare to devised and contemporary theatre. There are weekly workshops for different age groups, international exchanges and projects, and film-making and creative writing workshops.