Youth & Education

Welcome to The Yvonne Arnaud Youth Theatre – Surrey’s largest Youth Theatre.
We offer something for absolutely everyone and encourage lifelong learning through our classes and workshops.  Find out more about our staff by clicking on our images to the right or to find out more about what we do, use the links below.


Our ethos is to inspire and develop young creative minds, by turning great stories into amazing theatre.  We ensure young people have a fun, safe place to express themselves, where they can grow in confidence, build lifelong friendships and develop a universal acceptance of others.


We pride ourselves of providing a fully inclusive Youth Theatre for Guildford Borough and offer sibling discounts as well assisted places for those who need them.  We also have a Targeted Places scheme that reaches young people in our area who have little or no access to theatre.


For more information on the work of our Youth and Education department or to discuss how we can work with you or your business to improve opportunities for young people and our community please contact the Youth Office.


01483 565 191



Meet the Team

  • Nick


    Nick joined the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in 2004 and also works freelance as a lecturer, writer and director.  He’s been Head of Youth & Education since 2015 and also looks after our community relationships in the Borough and beyond!  Nick runs Discover Drama – our specialist youth theatre classes for learning disabled young people and strives to develop our work in this area to provide unrestricted access to the arts for everyone.  Nick has also been General Manager of a West End theatre and works as part of the delivery team on the annual Olivier Awards at The Royal Opera House.

    Nick is also the funniest boss you’ll ever have, is charming, handsome and insists on writing his own biography at all times…

  • Lucy


    Lucy joined the Youth Team in 2010 as Youth Theatre Leader, becoming Head of Performance in  March 2015.  Since then, she has directed 25 productions, written 4 plays and consumed countless cups of tea. Prior to working at the Yvonne Arnaud, Lucy freelanced as a practitioner for Chichester Festival Theatre, Havant Borough Council and several schools in Hampshire and West Sussex. In 2009 she developed the Youth Theatre at the Spring Arts and Heritage Centre in Havant. She is an occasional guest lecturer for the School of Arts at Roehampton University, London. Lucy leads Act Three, Scene Change, Act One and First Stage. She is co-director of the summer show and leads the annual Edinburgh Festival Fringe project.

    Lucy is not a fan of Fridays because Friday is bin day and Lucy can never remember which bin should be at the end of the drive each week. 


  • Jules


    In 1993 Jules was asked to create a youth theatre from the existing Act One group for the Yvonne Arnaud. 18 years and 36 productions later she is still here and excited to be a part of such a great team.

    She studied Drama and Education at university and then taught and directed in schools at home and abroad before a telephone call from the theatre called her back home from Kenya to start work with the Youth Theatre. Jules is the Youth Theatre Leader for Act 2 and director of the summer show.

  • Stacy


    When you call the youth office, you will almost certainly be greeted by Stacy’s American tenor tones. Born in Chicago and a graduate of the University of Illinois, Stacy has been a resident of England most of her adult life. She took on the role of Youth Administrator in January 2014 after a long career as a business journalist and editor. Her qualifications include spending many years supporting her son while he took part in Open Stage, various production groups, summer shows, and Edinburgh Fringe productions. Most of the time you'll find Stacy in the youth office, but occasionally she's back stage as a chaperone or in the audience enjoying a show.

  • Oli


    Oli (on the right),  is over the moon to be working as our Youth Theatre Apprentice for the year. Oli was a member of the Youth Theatre for 5 years, being a member of both open stage and production groups; performing in 7 shows and hitting the Edinburgh Fringe twice!  Oli assists Act One and First Stage, offering a kind and helping hand to all rehearsals and workshops.  Oli gets involved in everything and anything the Youth Theatre throws at him (except for custard pies which he avoids)! Oli has conkers under his desk to keep the spiders away.  We kid you not!

  • David


    David is our go to man for all things musical – in fact, he is Musical Director for Act Two, Act Three our summer show and more recently for our Edinburgh exploits.

    It was 1994 when David was ‘dragged into the department kicking and screaming’ to put on a production of Joseph.  He enjoyed it so much that he’s been here ever since, notching up over 50 productions including composing the music for several shows written especially for the Youth Theatre. Most recently, we’ve uncovered David’s significant and unwavering love of Marmite.

  • Laura


    Laura started her career as the Yvonne Arnaud’s first Apprentice back in 2008. She then went on to teach the Open Stage classes in 2009. She left to train at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and since then has been working as an actor and teacher all over the UK.  She has worked with practitioners such as Simon McBurney and Liam Neeson as well as finding time to set up her own theatre company. Never quite able to let go of her love for the Arnaud she is now back where she belongs, jointly running Open Stage with Beth.

    Laura is also one half of fantastical musical duo Trundle and Sewell – we think they’re pretty awesome!

  • Ellie


    Ellie originally trained as an actor at the Arts University Bournemouth, graduating in 2014. Since then she has spent her time gallivanting around Germany on an 11 month tour with White Horse Theatre, and toured the South of England with SISATA Open Air Theatre Company’s adaptation of Tess of the d’Urbevilles. Having decided to make the move into theatre production (maybe so she can fully satisfy her compulsive love of planning – seriously, she knows what she is having for dinner next Tuesday), Ellie is very excited to be joining the Yvonne Arnaud Youth Theatre as Apprentice for the year!


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