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Bethany White

Part of NGYT 2012-2018

BTEC L3 Extended Diploma in Performing Arts at The Pad

"NGYT always gave me a place to feel at home away from home. My confidence was always very low when it came to performing and starting with Laura at the end of 2012 in street dance was the first step in growing my confidence. I then went on to join the theatre company in 2014 which allowed me to do what I loved.

Without Laura and David I wouldn’t have ever gone on to do the course I am currently on and I would still be the shy girl they met back in 2012. I learnt so much from everyone older and younger and it has also allowed me to make friends I feel I will be with for life, it really is a big family environment which I will treasure and love forever."

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Michelle Grace

Part of NGYT 2014-2018

BA Hons Politics, sociology and Spanish at Durham University

"Joining NGYT was without a doubt the best decision I have ever made. Not only have I had so many wonderful opportunities and unforgettable experiences over the past few years, but I’ve also grown and developed more than I could have ever imagined. I count my blessings every day for the many ways in which my life has genuinely changed since joining this company and, of course, for the constant love and guidance of David and Laura. I have absolutely loved the process of devising shows based upon our voices and our thoughts, and will never forget the feeling of walking on stage and performing an NGYT show. No matter where I am in the future, my NGYT family will always have the biggest, most special place in my heart."

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Sasha-Marie Campbell

Part of NGYT 2014-2018

BSc Sports therapy at Leeds Beckett
"NGYT has helped me find myself as a person. The opportunities to explore yourself and take risks have allowed me to become the best that I could be. Overall, NGYT has been there as my safe haven for whenever I am in need of direction or comfort. There is no place as warm and supportive. Lifelong friends made and memories forever."

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Lori Gregory

Part of NGYT 2014-2018

BA Hons Dance at creative academy.
"NGYT has taught me so much about myself and my passion for dance. I hadn’t done dance before starting NGYT and I am now leaving to get a degree in this area which pretty much sums up the impact they have had on me! I have made so many friends for life!"

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Dayna Mullane

Part of NGYT 2012-2017

BA Hons Media Practice at University of Sussex
"I have loved every minute of being with NGYT from the classes to company. I’ve managed to learn so much from even the littlest of people and it has allowed me to be more creative and strengthen me as a person”

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Forrest Jones

Part of NGYT 2016-2017

BA Hons Acting at Bath Spa
“NGYT has been an experience I will never forget. By being a part of such an amazing group I have been supported to become a better actor. I’ve loved every second of it and wish I didn’t have to leave.”
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Bronte James

Part of NGYT 2013-2016

BA Hons Dance
“Being a part of NGYT dance company has been an amazing experience! Having teachers and dancers who are as passionate about dance as I am has been fab. I have learnt so many things from NGYT that have helped me with Uni and will also help me in the future! It was a great experience to be part of such a creative company and dance alongside such talented dancers!”
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Emily Rose

Part of NGYT 2014-2016

BA Hons Dance and Professional Practice at the University of Bedfordshire.
“NGYT has been the backbone for me during this period in my life; The perfect preparation leading up to Uni. They are family to me and they are right at the heart of young people chasing their dreams no matter their background or personal circumstances. I feel a connection with them all as they never pass judgement and welcome everyone. The directors of NGYT inspire me because they have children and are still making things happen which has given me inspiration as a Mother myself. NGYT push, challenge and pull out talent within young people to better their skills but this is all done within a loving family unit.”

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Charmaine Zinyemba

Part of NGYT 2012-2016

BA (Hons) Theatre and Professional Practice at University of Bedfordshire
“My experience at NGYT was honestly life changing as it made me certain that I wanted to pursue a career in theatre. NGYT provided me with so many opportunities that have helped me be where I am now and will definitely benefit me in the future also. I have really enjoyed my time at NGYT and am especially thankful for David and Laura”

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Shaquille Brathwaite

Part of NGYT 2012-2015

2:1 BA Hons Dance at University of Chichester.
“Joining NGYT was easily the best decision I have ever made. Without the guidance of David and Laura there is no way I would be where I am now. Throughout my time at NGYT not only did I gain valuable experience in performing but also in teaching as I had the pleasure of working for the company as a street dance teacher. I was able to learn so much in such a small amount of time and I know everything I learned whilst I was there I will continue to use for the rest of my career. #NGYTFAMILYFOREVER”

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Shelby Hannon

Part of NGYT 2012-2015

BA (Hons) Drama And Italian at Royal Holloway University of London.
“Firstly, NGYT provided me with real professional experience as a performer! Performing in places, such as at Brighton Fringe Festival and the Royal Opera House, this gave me real insight into the life of a performer. This for me meant that I had every certainty that performing was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life! These experiences gave me a platform to progress further in the professional world. (And impressive experience for my CV!) which also made a favourable candidate when I applied for my university degree.

Secondly, teaching for NGYT gave me experiences and lessons that I will use for the rest of my life! Managing classes and choreographing is now my life and I am currently the captain of my university’s champion Hip Hop Dance Team! And I spend the majority of my time at university dancing and choreographing! All of my creations revolve around a physical and imaginative style of theatre and I thank my experience at NGYT for allowing me to know how to do this well. My current creations involve African contemporary influences and I am very excited to return to NGYT and hopefully collaborate in the near future to help me along with my degree. “

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Luke Bigg

Part of NGYT 2012-2014

1st Class BA (Hons) in Performing Arts at De Monfort University
“Looking back on my time as part of the NGYT Company, the benefit it had on preparing me for both later study and the professional industry is second to none. The focus on contemporary practice gave me a great foundation for creating my own work for modern audiences. NGYT instilled in me a love for the arts through the passion and commitment of its excellent teachers and staff. The varied range of disciplines offered by NGYT enabled me to develop myself as a performer, from dance lessons to acting and vocal workshops, not only did NGYT help to develop my skills, my experiences with the company helped shape who I am and what I do today.”

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Darina McMorrow

Part of NGYT 2014-2017

Intensive Musical Theatre Course at PPA
“My experience at NGYT has been highly creative and has shaped me as an actor. NGYT has touched my heart and has also made me learn a lot about myself. I have loved every company we’ve had and of course our directors”

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Matt Hall

Part of NGYT 2012-2014

I work at a primary school in Luton. I will soon be completing my degree to become a teacher.
“A few words; utterly brilliant. A highly creative and professional experience; the skills in which I gained at NGYT will follow me throughout my career.”
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Jessica Bourne

Part of NGYT 2012-2015

1st Class BA (Hons) Theatre Arts at Middlesex University
“David and Laura provided me with experiences and opportunities I would be hard pushed to find anywhere else, and for that I will always be grateful. As company members, we were always listened to and scripts were created with and around us, pieces of theatre telling our own stories based on our own experiences. Two hours every week encouraged us to thrive as performers and creators; weeks with extra rehearsals were never a chore as we were always doing the things we loved, surrounded by our best friends. Those three years helped to further develop me as a person, growing in self-confidence and fueling my desire to never work outside of the arts. My time at NGYT will always be held dear and even now I will occasionally feel a pang of jealousy on a Monday or a Tuesday night, knowing that something amazing is happening at The Hat Factory in Luton.”

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Kirstie Johnston

Part of NGYT 2012-2014

1st Class BA (Hons) in Performing Arts at De Monfort University
“I loved my time at NGYT and it gave me a completely different view of how theatre can be made through a devising process which set me up to build upon with a degree in this area"

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Lauren Williams

Part of NGYT 2012 – 2015

1st Class BA (Hons) Performing Arts at De Monfort University
“My experience at NGYT was one of a kind, like nothing you’ll find anywhere else. Not only did I learn such valuable lessons in the world of theatre and the performing arts but also made lifelong memories and some wonderful friends along the way. I was lucky enough to receive some fantastic experiences and opportunities throughout my time at NGYT which I’ll forever be grateful for. It’s helped me grow not only as a performing

artist but as a person too. My NGYT experience was an amazing adventure; one that I’d never change in a million years!”
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Rhyanna Lewis-Brown

Part of NGYT 2015 – 2016

BA (Hons) Festival Managements with Drama Studies At De Montfort University
“NGYT was the best thing that I’ve ever done. It has helped me grow as a  person and an actor, as well as giving me some unforgettable memories.  My passion for the arts has grown all because of NGYT and what they offer and provide to young people. It’s been a time of my life I will not forget and I cannot wait to come back and see all of the amazing work the company members have been working on!”

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Sam Edmunds

Part of NGYT 2012-2015

1st Class BA (Hons) in Acting and Contemporary Theatre at East 15 Acting School.

“NGYT provided teaching that no other institution could offer me at that age. Putting the students at the heart of all of their work allowed us to thrive and develop as creatives, as well as make friends and enjoy the arts. The experience I gained was invaluable and I will never forget my time spent at NGYT.”