The Mostar Youth Theatre is not only „teatar“, or „pozorište“, or „kazalište“ (i.e.: teatar – theatre, pozorište - theatre in serbian language, kazalište – theatre in croatian language).
The Mostar Youth Theatre is teatar as well pozorište and kazalište.
The Mostar Youth Theatre is before everything an idea.
The Mostar Youth Theatre is a project of new, open, actual, research ways of doing the art of theatre. It is a place of creative exploring, in which the saint rule is esthetics, but, even beyond that, its superior rule is the ethics. It's a profile of the "third theatre", in which it is essential to have amateur love for theatre next to professional arrangement and results.
The Mostar Youth Theatre is not a theatre in which everything is about work.
The Mostar Youth Theatre is way of living.
The show never ends there. It's a living organism which is constantly changing, enlarging, exploring...
Actors work there even when there's no play or rehearsal, due to the fact that there's always something new to learn there.
The Mostar Youth theatre is turned to the future taking all the wealth given from past and present.
The Mostar Youth Theatre is turned to the world to study, but also to teach.
The Mostar Youth Theatre is a bridge for the future.
The main tasks of the Mostar Youth Theatre are:
• The furtherance and development of drama education work, learning from the experiences of drama pedagogy in BiH;
• The furtherance and development of speech culture and culture of public events;
• The development of the methodology of drama education;
• Help in the work, and additional education, of teachers and educationalists for drama education work;
• Cooperation with educationalists and drama schools:
• Helping to promote drama-talented students;
• Preventing young people from any forms of addiction;
• Protecting the reputation and expertise of its members;
• Using drama education work in dealing with, and releasing, the consequences of trauma.
The Mostar Youth Theatre has the following activities: children's theatre groups; a youth theatre group and the senior professional MTM groups.
The Mostar Youth Theatre also organizes an International Theatre Festival of Authorial Project. It aims to assemble as good a collection of new ideas as possible from within theatres internationally. The Festival is held every year around the last weekend of August. MTM awards four equal awards for authorial approach in any element of the performances of the festival program.
In addition, the Mostar Youth Theatre has established an annual International award called the “Grozdanin Kikot” award for the five individuals or organizations that have made significant contributions to the development of drama education. The awards are presented at a ceremony on the 24th February each year in Mostar, on the occasion of the Mostar Youth Theatre‘s birthday.
The Mostar Youth Theatre, through the Centre for Drama Education of Bosnia & Herzegovina (CDOBiH), is the member of the International Drama/Theatre and Education Association (IDEA).
The Mostar Youth Theatre and the Network of Independent Theatres, participated in the second programme - Play Against Violence 2, in Projects: Network, Steps and To stay or to go.
Its biggest projects implemented so far are:
Pax Bosnensis, War and Theatre, FACTORY, and numerous others.
It is also important to mention that Mostar Youth Theatre is the BH Centre of ASSITEJ.
One of the most recent relevant activities of our theatre is the participation at the festival of the Theatre of the Oppressed, which took place in April and May 2009 in Palestin and Israel.