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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
Ellen 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.
Rebecca 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.
Jamie 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.