If you or somebody you know is interested in joining a youth theatre then you have come to the right spot. Follow the links below to find out what we offer, our latest news, our forthcoming shows and more. Click on the images on the right to find out more about our wonderful Youth Theatre team.
Meet the Team
Adam Forde – Head of Youth Theatre and Leader
In the 10 years since Adam joined the Youth Theatre, he has worked with every group from First Stage to Act One. Adam has also led holiday drama weeks and has visited schools to deliver workshops based on a wide range of subjects.
He has directed more than 30 shows and musicals for the Youth Theatre from the hard-hitting drama of Ghetto (Act One) to the completely bonkers musical Trolls (Act Three). Adam’s first involvement in the Youth Theatre’s summer show was on stage as The Selfish Giant. Since then he has developed a strong (and hugely enjoyable) directing partnership with Jules Black. He has also teamed with David Perkins to write three summer shows; Arabian Nights, Emil and the Detectives and The Wind in the Willows.
Adam has also taken the Youth Theatre to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and has directed two of the shows that have played there. Adam is the Youth Theatre Leader for Act One and Scene Change.
Jules Black – Youth Theatre Leader
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.
Lucy Betts – Youth Theatre Leader
Lucy read Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies at Roehampton University, London. During her studies, she was involved in the creation of a production company, which toured several plays in France and venues in London. Following graduation, 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 also the co-founder of two theatre companies, specialising in Site-Specific Theatre and New Writing respectively. In September 2010, Lucy joined the Youth Team at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre. Lucy is the Youth Theatre Leader of Act 3, Interval and First Stage.
Rob Cann – Youth Theatre Leader
Rob has worked in youth theatre for over 10 years in a number of different venues including The Camberley Theatre and the Pauline Quirke Academy in Guildford (film and television tutor). His directing credits include; Bugsy Malone, Bloodbrothers and an outside production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He trained at Mountview Academy and has performed with the Cambridge Shakespeare, Walking Forward, Young Shakespeare and Powerhouse Theatre Companies.
He has worked on film projects with the National Film and Television School and the Met Film School. After many years of helping with workshops and covering lessons on behalf of the Yvonne Arnaud Youth Theatre, he is delighted to now be working with Open Stage 4, 5, 6 and Final Stage.
Nick White – Project Leader Discover Drama
Nick trained as an actor, director and teacher at Bretton Hall College in Leeds specialising in theatre and diversity. His work has taken him the length and breadth of the UK working in schools, theatres, prisons and his acting has taken him on many international endeavors! He has even lectured at Trinity College Dublin. Joining the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in 2004, Nick works freelance as a writer and director as well as running Discover Drama – our specialist youth theatre classes for learning disabled young people. Nick likes to keep busy so that old age can never catch up with him and has a obsessive fascination with airplanes, trains and F1.