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 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…
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.
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.
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 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 trained at the Arts University Bournemouth, graduating in 2014 with a BA (Hons) in Acting. Since then she has embarked on an 11-month educational theatre tour in Germany with White Horse Theatre; a tour of Tess of the d’Urbervilles with SISATA Open Air Theatre; and honed in on her ability to find the funniest cat/dog videos.
Following the completion of her role as the 2016/2017 Youth Theatre Apprentice (where she became a master of glue-gunning props) Ellie is delighted to have joined the department as a Youth Theatre Leader – currently running Open Stage classes alongside Laura, and managing the ever busy and Education projects. She very much looks forward to directing, devising, workshopping and creating with such a diverse and talented youth theatre (staff included…)
Ally joined the Yvonne Arnaud Youth Theatre back in 2000, he liked it so much that he decided to stay for 10 years and almost 20 shows! He then went on to train at East 15 Acting School, where rolling around the floor as a leaf and being a gorilla for 6 weeks (not at the same time!) were particular highlights.
Since graduating from those leaf rolling days, Ally has since acted at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, Theatre Royal Bath and The Birmingham Repertory Theatre to name but a few.
Making (very) average cups of tea then forgetting they’re there is Ally’s forte in the rehearsal room, but he’s seeking help for this.