Derby Theatre is alive with exciting ways to connect learning with professionally produced theatre. We offer exceptional opportunities for audiences, students and participants to really get to grips with our creative process and product. Our innovative programme of workshops, projects, open rehearsals, conferences, talks and training enables people of any age to discover new skills, try something for the first time or develop a passion.

We are delighted to be the home of the University of Derby's theatre courses, including Theatre Arts and Technical Theatre; this means students can train in a professional working environment. Our Theatre Arts courses are delivered in the Studio theatre spaces and offer highly practical and broad-based courses that cover all aspects of theatre work, including performing, directing, playwriting, technical, and production opportunities, both out in the community and on our main stage performance space.

We are proud to be home to a vibrant community offer. This includes youth theatre, community theatre and regular workshops available for schools.

We offer a broad range of opportunities for vocational learning and professional development, including a work experience programme, shadowing, assisting and on-the-job training.  This year, we plan to expand and develop our support for emerging companies so that we can encourage more artists to make their work in Derby.

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Over the next three years, it is our ambition to become a national exemplar for learning and training through theatre.  
All our work starts with the question:  how can we learn from this?