Laura Lloyd (BA HONS)

Founder / Co- Artistic Director

Laura has been teaching dance and drama for over 10 years in a variety of settings including specialist dance/performing arts schools as well as in formal education in schools and colleges. Laura has a wealth of performance experience, which she brings to her teaching. She believes that anyone can perform and encourages her students regardless of ability. Laura teaches a range of styles and the key to her lessons is fun. Laura has had the opportunity to work with professional touring companies on shows including ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’, ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ and ‘The Wiz’ where she worked as the children’s movement and acting coach. Many of her students have performed in theatres across the UK, in film and on national TV.

As a director/choreographer Laura has worked on a range of shows from professional dance/theatre, in which she has also performed, to school productions. She has choreographed for the BBC and most recently created work for Big Dance at the Love Luton Festival, Cancer Research UK’s event Relay for Life, Keech Hospice and Luton Culture.

With David, Laura co devised the award winning youth theatre piece ‘RIP NED’, ‘The Butterfly Catcher’ and ‘In Doing Nothing I Found Me’ and the critically acclaimed dance theatre pieces ‘The Little Things’, ‘Love for Dummies’ and ‘What She Said’.

Most memorable theatrical experience:
I am in love with Christopher Bruce’s dance piece “Rooster”. Set to the songs of the Rolling Stones it’s cool and sassy! Like me 😉

My local hidden gem/hero:
There is a lady in this town who I really respect. I can’t name her as she would be embarrassed but she is the most selfless, kind and generous person I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. She never makes a fuss or asks for thanks she just goes quietly about her business and touches the lives of more people than many realise.

I can’t live without:
My family. Love my boys and the NGYT family. Cheesey but true!


David Lloyd (BA HONS MA QTS)

Founder / Co-Artistic Director / Writer

David has been teaching Drama/Theatre for over 15 years in a vast range of settings. Having taught at various private Theatre Arts Schools for over 6 years, David then went on to work as a Drama Specialist at Richmond Hill Special Needs School in Luton. Prior to achieving his QTS, David gained much experience working in EBD schools and Higher Education as a Cover teacher. David then went on to become Head of Drama at Ashcroft High School in Luton for 6 years before returning to his other passion, teaching special needs children. David now works at Richmond Hill SEN School in Luton where he is Head of the school's Creative Curriculum, Expressive Arts and School Council.

David trained at The Prestigious East 15 Acting School and gained his MA in Acting for TV, Film and Radio. Upon graduation David was signed by an agency and spent over 2 years working as an actor in Theatre, TV, Film and Radio. As a Director, David has worked on a number of student plays, devised pieces and musical theatre productions, most notably ‘Home Can Be Anywhere’, ‘That Night Follows Day’, ‘Hairspray’ and ‘We Will Rock You’.

Since NGYT began David has written and directed the award winning theatre pieces ‘RIP NED’, ‘The Butterfly Catcher’, ‘In Doing Nothing I Found Me’ and 'Laced Within Our Borders' as well as the critically acclaimed dance/theatre pieces ‘The Little Things’, ‘The Pity Party’, and ‘What She Said’. David has been commissioned to write pieces to be performed throughout the community such as, 'Activhate' for Beds Police, 'Easily You' for The NHS and 'My Home, My Kingdom, My Castle' for Signposts, to name a few.

David has also been nominated for The South of England Best New Writing Award in 2015 and was also commissioned to write The First Ever Theatre Piece for the re-opening of Wardown Museum.

David believes every young person is creative and waxes lyrical about the life transforming power of the arts.
At the heart of David's teaching and work with young people there is a passion and commitment to ensuring young people are valued and empowered to express their ideas and thoughts and feelings about their world.

Most memorable theatrical experience:
It’s a battle between Jack Thorne’s ‘When you cure me’ or The Musical ‘Matilda’ (what can I say I have eclectic taste)

My local hidden gem/hero:
The Bear Club...If you haven't been....why not? It is a fantastic, welcoming and high quality venue and Luton is lucky to have it

I can’t live without:
Liverpool FC and Sky sports news. And don’t get me started about transfer deadline day.
I also have a real issue with chocolate consumption....
Oh yeah and my gorgeous wife and Co-Founder Laura and three beautiful children.


Lauren Segal (BA, MA)

Creative Administrator / Project Manager Up Our Street : Pop Ups / Contemporary and Street Dance Teacher / Theatre Co Assistant Director

Lauren is a Freelance Dance Artist from Luton and began her professional dance training at Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Leeds.

In 2009 she continued her studies at University of Surrey and graduated in 2012 with a First class BA (hons) in Dance and Culture.

In pursuit of her Master’s degree at University of Chichester, Lauren performed for Mapdance Company in their 2013 UK Tour and also secured jobs performing for Sheron Wray and Drake Music.

In February 2014 Lauren worked with Rosemary Lee as part of her professional team leading 'Under the Vaulted Sky', a 6 month intergenerational community project culminating in performances with a 100-strong community cast for IF Festival Milton Keynes in July that year. This inspired Lauren to continue to facilitate community outreach projects which she pursues now with NGYT in Luton.

Lauren has worked as an Assistant to the Directors of Tangled Feet, Mimbre and NGYT for the Imagine Luton Festivals in 2017 and 2018. Lauren is currently collaborating with German artist Markus Hansen and performs and acts as Rehearsal Director for NGYT's Dance Company.

Lauren has been teaching for NGYT since September 2014 and leads a range of the groups. Lauren is also the Assistant Director for the NGYT Theatre Company.

Lauren also delivers NGYT curriculum, club and enrichment sessions in Pirton Hill, Crawley Green, St Matthew's, Leagrave and Wigmore primary schools as part of our outreach team.

Lauren believes that collaboration (of different areas in the arts) and the encouragement of ownership of material is the key to creating unique and rich arts experiences for young people. That is why she focuses her practice around expression, creativity, and improvisation- and of course fun!

Lauren also co-directs and performs with her own dance/theatre company - Sonder Dance Theatre.  NGYT are delighted to support them as one of our legacy companies and associate artists.

My most memorable theatrical experience:
It’s a toss up between watching Laila Diallo’s ‘sense of self’ one of the early dance theatre pieces that made my jaw drop. And also being front row centre of a broadway cast performance of ‘Hair’, being pulled onstage and Gavin Creel calling me ‘cute’ *swoon*

My Local hero:
Those wonderful people at Bedfordshire Wildlife Rescue who do amazing things and help so many beautiful animals in the area.

I can’t live without:
Chocolate.. Any kind and I think I’m addicted! & Pasta! I love carbs- what dancer doesn’t?!


Hannah Kelly (BA HONS)

NGYT Enquiries Administrator / Drama Teacher / iGen Theatre Company Director

Hannah graduated from Bath Spa University with a 1:1 BA Hons Degree in Acting. She has since been working professionally, enjoying various roles such as Chloe in the play ‘Nightflyer’ and Amelia in the feature film ‘Devoid’. Hannah has been funded by the Arts Council England to put on an original piece ‘Mundane Blues’ for the Imagine Luton festival alongside two other Luton based artists. She has also been very fortunate to have taken part in various acting opportunies through NGYT such as Ryland Heath’s music video ‘Coming on to Me’ and a Theatre in Education piece, ‘Activhate’. Hannah is also a co-founder of the film production company Four Faced Films and is excited to create their first piece. Hannah is proud to be a part of the NGYT family and is passionate about Luton and it’s young people. She is constantly inspired by the creativity, commitment and energy of the young people and feels incredibly lucky to be a part of it. Hannah has directed various pieces for NGYT within the classes. She recently led the project ‘Rediscovered’, where she created historical pieces with three schools and one NGYT class. These pieces took place at Wardown Park Museum in a promenade theatre event as part of the re-opening. This has been one of Hannah’s most challenging and rewarding projects to date. She loves being a part of Next Generation Youth Theatre and is incredibly excited for what’s to come.

Hannah also co-directs and performs with her own theatre company - The Basement Bunch. NGYT are delighted to support them as one of our legacy companies and associate artists.

Most memorable theatrical experience:
“It’s definitely between ‘People, Places and Things’ and ‘Yerma’. Both pieces were very visceral and equally beautiful. Theatre should make you feel something, both plays went above and beyond!

My local hidden gem/hero:
My Nanny Kit. I’ve never met someone so kind and selfless. She also has a brilliant sense of humour, or ‘Irish Craic.’

I can’t live without…
Tea. Nothing beats a brew!


Tanisha Daniel

iGen Street Dance Company Choreographer

Tanisha is a professional dancer from Luton and began her professional dance training for three years at Creative Academy in 2015-2018. Tanisha moved to London to pursue her dreams in dancing. Throughout her studies, Tanisha has performed in many places and taken part in workshops such as The Pack, Move It, Ideal Home Show, Slough, Upfront Dance event and was also selected to perform in Liverpool.

Tanisha’s trained in Jazz, Contemporary, Ballet, ISTD Modern and Tap alongside other styles such as commercial, Dancehall, Bollywood, Dance Theatre. Release, Yoga, Pilates, Tumbling, hip hop improvisation and street. Tanisha’s dance background has always been contemporary and commercial but as she went onto training the love she has for performing became stronger. Tanisha has been in music videos and performed at festivals, plus been scouted in an audition for a dance agency (AMCK).

Tanisha has always wanted to be a choreographer so she had the chance to choreograph a piece of her own at Creative Academy’s end of year show

Most memorable theatrical experience?
For me it has to be when I went to watch Dream Girls the musical live in London. I was absolutely fascinated by the lighting, the back drops and the performance, it was amazing!! I literally felt like a little kid in a candy shop.

My Local gem/hero:
My family as they always support me and my dreams.

I can’t live without:
Sour sweets make my heart melt, music because I never stop dancing.


Molly Sims

NGYT Teaching Assistant

Molly is currently working at Richmond Hill Special Needs school in Luton as Lead Teacher for Expressive Arts.

Most memorable theatrical experience?
Woman in Black on a high school trip, forgetting the fact that I got so scared I thought I was going to die having diet coke poured all over me and getting stuck behind a theatre seat (long story). This was the first piece of professional theatre I saw and made me decide that performing was what I wanted to do. And ‘Wicked’. You’ve just got to love Wicked! Just anything that makes me want to get up and join in.

My local hidden gem/hero:
Planet shakes! Could have gone deep and meaningful but the milkshakes are insane!

I can’t live without:
Music, films and moments where you can sing and dance like nobody’s watching.


Chris Gibson

NGYT Musical Theatre Company Volunteer

Chris is one of the NGYT Family and Dad to one of our Musical Theatre Company. Chris is a fantastic addition to our team and not only do we love him, the children do too.

Most memorable theatrical experience?
My favourite ever show I've been in is Joseph and The Technicolour Dreamcoat. I love the music, I listen to it practically every day.

My local hidden gem/hero:
My daughter Caitlin. She makes me proud every time she does anything.

I can't live without: