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Youth Theatre

The Courtyard Youth Theatre gives young people the opportunity to learn through play, perform throughout the year and participate in a wide range of art forms. It also helps to develop important skills such as communication, team building, problem solving. And it’s a great way to build confidence whilst making a new group of friends.

To find out more about joining Youth Theatre, contact or 01432 346526.

The Courtyard Youth Theatre Mission Statement

‘The Courtyard Youth Theatre provides an inclusive and accessible environment that inspires young people to learn, develop and create. We strive to achieve high quality performance whilst celebrating the worth of our members.’


Meet the team!


Black and white photo of Youth and Communities Participation Manager, Ellen PittsEllen Dorsett is the Youth & Communities Participation Manager at the Courtyard, helping young people to discover their creativity and develop their talents. During Ellen’s time at The Courtyard, she has worked with hundreds of young people through schools work and also through the Courtyard’s thriving Youth Theatre. Ellen particularly loves directing and is passionate about providing many opportunities for young people to perform and platforms for them to showcase their abilities. Ellen believes that the arts play a vital role in a young person’s development, especially drama.  At the heart of everything Ellen does is the young people, and making sure the Courtyard is offering a varied, interesting and beneficial programme of work for the young people of this community.  Ellen holds a BA (Hons) Joint Honours degree in Drama, Film & TV from Manchester Metropolitan University and is a trained Arts Award adviser for all levels.



Black and white photo of Education Officer and Youth Theatre Leader Rebecca CookRebecca Cook is an Education Officer and Youth Theatre leader at The Courtyard. She is a trained dance and drama practitioner who loves the positive impact the arts have upon young people. Since working here, she has directed numerous productions and taught in schools and Youth Theatres across Herefordshire. She loves The Courtyard’s mission of captivating, inspiring and celebrating young people through a variety of different projects. Rebecca leads on our inclusive programme, supported by Children in Need, making our work more accessible and inclusive both in schools and at The Courtyard. She also leads on our project #TalkAwayDontWalkAway which raises awareness about mental health and promotes positive wellbeing. Rebecca holds a BA in Film, Theatre and Television from the University of Reading and is trained in delivering Arts Award.



Black and white photo of Education Officer and Youth Theatre Leader Jamie HuttonJamie Hutton is an Education Officer and Youth Theatre leader at The Courtyard. Jamie began his interest in the arts as a member of the Courtyard Youth Theatre from the age of eight and continued acting in productions right up until he left at aged eighteen. He appeared in such productions as The Wind in the Willows and A Comedy of Errors. Jamie attended Loughborough University where he studied English Literature and American Studies. Whilst at university he continued to perform in plays such as The Crucible. He graduated in 2017 after completing an MA in English Literature. He then returned to the Courtyard Theatre, working as a barman before moving to the Education department in 2019. During this time he amassed a diverse range of experience working with young people through different organisations and volunteer work, before becoming a member of the Youth Theatre team.

The Courtyard Youth Theatre
Phoenix Youth Theatre


Junior Youth Theatre
Saturdays from 30 April 2022
Year 3: 9.15am – 10am
Year 4: 10.15am – 11am
Year 5: 11.15am – 12pm
Year 6: 12.15pm – 1pm
Year 7: 1.45pm – 2.45pm
Year 8: 3pm – 4.30pm
Year 9: 4.45pm – 6.15pm
£68.50 a term

Intermediate Youth Theatre Group 1
Year 10 & Year 11: Wednesdays 5.15pm – 6.45pm from 27 April 2022

Senior Youth Theatre
Year 12+ Fridays 7pm – 9pm from 29 April 2022
£73.50 a term



The Courtyard works in partnership with The Conquest Theatre, The Phoenix Theatre and Ledbury Market Theatre to bring these opportunities to rural areas.

Bromyard at the Conquest Theatre
Mondays from 25 April 2022
Juniors (Year 3 – Year 6): 4.30pm – 5.30pm  £39 a term*
Intermediates (Year 7 – Year 9): 5.30pm – 7pm  £43 a term*
Seniors (Year 10+):  7.30pm – 9.30pm £46 a term

*From Monday 9 May 2022 Juniors and Intermediates will be combining to work towards a production. For more information about these session times contact

Ross on Wye at the Phoenix Theatre
Saturdays from 30 April 2022
Age 8 – 14:  10am – 11.30am £39 a term

Ledbury at the Market Theatre
Mondays from 25 April 2022
Years 7 – 9: 7.30pm – 8.30pm  £39 a term
Year 10+: 8.30pm – 9.30pm  £39 a term

Want to join one of our regular classes? It’s easy!

All you need to do is get in touch with the Participation Administrator on 01432 346526
or email
Bursaries are available to help cover fees, please contact the Education Administrator for more details or see the forms tab and download a form.