OUR Alumni

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Molly Sims

Groups & Companies attended at NGYT
Musical Theatre Junior Company, Musical Theatre Senior Company and Theatre Company

Currently Studying
BA Hons Drama & Applied Theatre at London South Bank University

NGYT Highlight/Fondest Memory
Too many to list them all! My main highlight is having the opportunity to create and collaborate with the young people at NGYT through teaching and assisting and hearing their stories. Every single one of them. I think another favourite will always be singing on stage for the first time in the musical theatre class and making Laura Lloyd cry. Another favourite was taking The Butterfly Catcher to Brighton Fringe and the pride felt getting amazing reviews and an award to bring back to Luton.

Advice for the Next Gen following in your footsteps
Go for the opportunity that scares you a little. You will not regret it. It could be the start of something AMAZING. Stay humble and remember where you came from. And ALWAYS remember to bring props when asked... ahem theatre company

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Part of NGYT 2013-2020

Iman Mweta

Groups & Companies attended at NGYT
Theatre company

Qualification
1st Class BSc (Hons) Developmental and Educational Psychology at The University of Northampton

Currently
I am training to become a teacher. I have also recently started an online beauty business as a side hustle which currently showcases cosmetics, and will also include a range of beauty products.

NGYT Highlight/Fondest Memory
I have endless fond memories of NGYT. I remember my first performance of Mirror Sky with Tangled Feet. It was so vibrant. Returning to NGYT last year was another fond memory.

Advice for the Next Gen following in your footsteps
Believe in yourself and you will be unstoppable! Had I doubted myself to even audition for NGYT, I would have never got this far. Another word of advice is that even if you progress into another field of study as a profession, you can still perform on the side. As I will be going into the teaching profession, I will still perform on the side during holidays and I will implement my skills and performing experience into my teaching practice to foster creative engagement.

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Part of NGYT 2017-2019

Sasha-Marie Campbell

Groups & Companies attended at NGYT
Dance company

Currently Studying
Sports Therapy at Leeds Beckett University

NGYT Highlight/Fondest Memory
My fondest moment from NGYT was at the start, during the creating and performing of “what she said”. The way that David created a script based around the ensemble and our experiences made this piece so personal. The way in which we are always encouraged to contribute ideas and opinions always makes you feel like a sole part of the creation of the piece. The movement devised by Laura was second to none. Coming into an NGYT company at the age of 14 is hard but if you commit yourself, NGYT will commit themselves to you and help you become the best that you can be.

Advice for the Next Gen following in your footsteps
Be a sponge! Suck in as much knowledge from those around you as you can learn from anyone. Take risks! Even though some may not work out the way you want you will learn through the experience. Stay humble.

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Part of NGYT 2014-2018

Maria Cantero

Groups & Companies attended at NGYT
Theatre company

Currently Studying
Law at London South Bank University

NGYT Highlight/Fondest Memory
My entire time at NGYT has been one of the best experiences and it’s an experience that has widely contributed to molding me into the person I am today. Whenever I’ve gone through difficult times and felt lost, NGYT has always been a place where I felt myself and being part of Laced Within Our Boarders is an experience that will always be close to my heart. Being part of the show allowed me to let my voice be heard and confidently be myself, it allowed me to voice my story amongst people who became my second family. What I loved most about the show is that it touched everyone in some way and I find that to be a very beautiful thing. Another thing I feel extremely grateful for NGYT has helped me with is my mental health ~ my family and friends always mention how happy and confident I’ve become since I’ve joined NGYT and it’s become a second home for me.

Advice for the Next Gen following in your footsteps
Take a leap of faith ~ don’t let fear stop you. NGYT is a safe creative space that challenges you and allows you to be confident in your abilities and grow as a performer. Take this opportunity and don’t let it go to waste because of fear or doubt because what’s the worst that can happen?? Having an opportunity like this can be a step in a beautiful journey.

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Part of NGYT 2017-2019

Cameron Mullane

Groups & Companies attended at NGYT
iGen Theatre Company 2013-2016
Theatre company 2015-2019

Qualifications
BTEC Acting, A level Drama and Theatre Studies, A level History

Currently Studying
BA (Hons) Acting at Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts

NGYT Highlight/Fondest Memory
The double bill of In Doing Nothing I Found Me and The Butterfly Catcher in 2017. Looking back, I think that’s the point where I realised acting is what I want to do with my future, and I haven’t looked back since

Advice for the Next Gen following in your footsteps
Backup plans, though a safety net, mean you’re not 100% focused on what you want to do. If you know what you want to achieve, put your all into it and the results will show eventually. Trust the process.

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Part of NGYT 2013-2019

Daniel Hunt

Groups & Companies attended at NGYT
Theatre company

Currently Studying
Msc Physics and Philosophy at Oxford University

NGYT Highlight/Fondest Memory
It's so difficult to choose a "best moment", as I have had so many great moments with NGYT over the years. Being part of the Theatre Company has had such a positive impact on me and I shall treasure the time we've had for years to come. That being said, some of my absolute favourite moments have been performing 'The Butterfly Catcher' in 2017 and being part of the mind-blowing 'Hat factory reset' in 2019.

Advice for the Next Gen following in your footsteps
Don’t let yourself believe that there are certain things that you just can’t do, that certain aspirations or goals are unattainable; out of your reach. You have the potential to shape the world in any way you want. However, you must be willing to put in the work to make that happen. It won’t be easy, but it’s possible. If you really want something, then with hard work and tenacity you can achieve it.

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Part of NGYT 2013-2019

Bethany White

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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Part of NGYT 2012 - 2018

Michelle Grace

Groups & Companies attended at NGYT
Theatre Company

Current job, position held, course attending
BA Politics, Sociology and Spanish at Durham University


NGYT highlight/fondest memory
My fondest memory of NGYT wasn't any specific day or event, it was walking into theatre company every Tuesday night! I look back with pride on the shows I performed in ("In Doing Nothing" will always have a special place in my heart), but what I treasure most is the feeling of love and safety that comes with being part of NGYT. There is something magic about this company that has touched my life in a very special and very permanent way. NGYT helped me gain confidence and acquire professional performance skills, but they have also shaped my values, my attitudes and my growth as a young person. There are too many highlights to choose just one.


Advice for the Next Gen following in your footsteps
Take every opportunity you get – say yes!! Open your heart and mind to everything that NGYT has to offer, and step up onto the platform that they give you with pride and with courage. Approach the work that you do with respect, honesty, humility and vulnerability – you absolutely will get out what you put in. And enjoy the process! Have fun and take risks 🙂

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Part of NGYT 2014-2018

Lori Gregory

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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Part of NGYT 2014 - 2018

Dayna Mullane

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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Part of NGYT 2012 - 2017

Forrest Jones

Groups & Companies you attended at NGYT
Theatre company

Most relevant and recent qualifications, training or experiences
Graduated from Bath Spa University in 2020 with a bachelors degree in acting

Currently
I am currently on my way to earning an intermediate qualification in Stage combat, as well as assisting teaching beginner level stage combat techniques to students.

NGYT highlight/fondest memory
I wasn't a part of NGYT for a very long time but the year I spent in the company was one of the best I've had. Not only did they encourage me to trust myself and become a better actor in the process, they also gave me friends and a family I will always remember and can always count on. As for my fondest memory, nothing can possibly compare to being on stage performing a double bill of 'The Butterfly catcher' and 'In doing nothing I found me' with the talented actors and friends that made up the Theatre company at the time.

Advice for the Next Gen following in your footsteps
To anyone new to NGYT my biggest piece of advice is to trust yourself, if you're a part of this amazing company it means David and Laura believe in you and see something fantastic in you, so don't be scared to let it all out. As much as NGYT is about making incredible, meaningful theatre It's also a place to find yourself, so go all in, be big, and I guarantee you'll have the time of your life.
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Part of NGYT 2016 -2017

Bronte James

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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Part of NGYT 2013 - 2016

Emily Rose

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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Part of NGYT 2014 - 2016

Shaquille Brathwaite

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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Part of NGYT 2012 - 2015

Shelby Hannon

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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Part of NGYT 2012 -2015

Luke Bigg

Groups and Companies you attended at NGYT
Theatre Company & Musical Theatre

Qualifications
1st Class BA (Hons) in Performing Arts at De Montfort University

Currently
Actor/Technician for UK touring show, Night of the Living Dead Remix - Content Producer at Bleach Productions

NGYT highlight/fondest memory
The highlight of my entire NGYT experience had to be the the climax of RIP NED, delivering a intense speech alongside Sam before the pair of us where swarmed. A moment I'll remember forever.

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.

Advice for the Next Gen following in your footsteps
Just go for it! Even if you don't know what it is yet, the best thing to do is get your teeth stuck in and let the experience guide you. Nobody ever did anything great with first taking those initial steps.

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Part of NGYT 2012 - 2014

Darina McMorrow

Groups & Companies you attended at NGYT
Theatre Company & Contemporary Dance

Currently
3rd year at The Performance Preparation Academy (PPA) Guildford.

NGYT highlight/fondest memory
My first performance with NGYT ‘The Butterfly Catcher’. I loved being able to experiment with interpreting the meaning of the text and the characters/their journeys from my own experiences and feelings. David and Laura always created such a safe space for us to have no fear about ‘being wrong’. This then allowed us to create such powerful important pieces of theatre that will always have a personal place in my heart!

Advice for the Next Gen following in your footsteps
Throw yourself in, don’t judge yourself, don’t judge others. Find your special quality that you bring and don’t let your inner critic stop you from completely immersing yourself in all your work.

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Part of NGYT 2014 - 2017

Matt Hall

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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Part of NGYT 2012 - 2014

Jessica Bourne

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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Part of NGYT 2012 - 2015

Kirstie Johnston

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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Part of NGYT 2012 - 2014

Lauren Williams

Groups & Companies you attended at NGYT
Theatre Company and Musical Theatre


Most relevant and recent qualifications, training or experiences
1st Class Honours in BA Performing Arts at De Montfort University


Currently
Nursery Nurse and Co-Founder of a new start up company Glass Heart Theatre

NGYT highlight/fondest memory
Picking one highlight or memory is such a difficult task when you’re given the opportunities and experiences NGYT provide. I think one moment that will always stick with me was when we were first devising The Butterfly Catcher. The group I was a part of were the ones who were working on devising the exam scene, where the cast are all sat down writing and suddenly their pens pull them from their seats to standing, like butterflies floating. You could feel the energy, the excitement and the electricity in the room about what we had just created and it felt so good to have done that not only as a team but with a group of friends like ours. Another fond memory was being invited back to NGYT when I was at University to take part in performing Mirror Sky with NGYT and Tangled Feet, that will always stay with me and be one of my favourite performances.

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!

Advice for the Next Gen following in your footsteps
It may sound cliche, but honestly just go for it. Take risks and make movements. But also don’t be scared, worried or put off of those risks and footsteps don’t lead you in the direction you thought you’d end up in. No mistake is a failure, make any mistake a learning opportunity, that goes for life and for theatre. And always believe in yourself and your passion for what you love to do. Be creative always and think outside of the box. Dare to be adventurous and you will be rewarded. I personally have taken a long break from performing because I lost my confidence but I’ve slowly gained it back and starting this new company with my friends from University has relit the passion and fire I had inside for creating art and I’m so excited to see where this new adventure takes us!
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Part of NGYT 2012 -2015

Rhyanna Lewis-Brown

Groups & Companies attended at NGYT
Theatre Company

Qualifications
BA (Hons) Festival Management with Drama Studies At De Montfort University

Current job, position held, course attending
Trainee teacher

NGYT highlight/fondest memory
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!
Performing In Doing Nothing I Found Me was such an amazing experience with the most amazing people.

Advice for the Next Gen following in your footsteps
Follow your dreams and never ever let anyone tell you you can or can't do something!

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Part of NGYT 2015 - 2016

Sam Edmunds

Groups & Companies you attended at NGYT
NGYT Theatre Company & NGYT Dance Company

Qualifications
1st Class Honours in BA Acting and Contemporary Theatre at East 15 Acting School

Currently
Founder & Co-Artistic Director of Chalk Line Theatre Company

NGYT highlight/fondest memory
My highlight will always be playing 'Simmy' in The Butterfly Catcher at the Brighton Fringe Festival and the show winning the 'Outstanding Theatre' Award! This was our first snippet of working professionally in the industry and we had an incredible time.
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.”

Advice for the Next Gen following in your footsteps
Know that this industry is a place that you can thrive in and access. Knock down barriers, turn up, create, take risks, ask questions and trust in yourself & your ability. There is a vast amount of jobs in the arts, search around and find what is right for you and don't be scared if this changes from time to time. Also the best piece of advice is ENJOY it and enjoy the journey.

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Part of NGYT 2012 -2015

Charmaine Zinyemba

Groups & Companies attended at NGYT
Theatre Company

Qualifications
Bachelor of Arts. First Class in Theatre and Professional Practice.

Currently Studying
PGCE Secondary Drama (as of September 2019)

NGYT Highlight/Fondest Memory
My favourite thing about NGYT was how it connected me to people who I would have never saw myself having a relationship with. Being in the same company as the older students I went to school with was a massive confidence builder, being able to develop relationships with the people I looked up to in school made me feel respected and capable of achieving what I could see in them but not in myself. I remember the first time I was on stage with the company members I admired, I really felt like I belonged to something so amazing. I have more than one fond memory of my time at NGYT but most of all I am extremely grateful for all the opportunities that were presented to me and for the part that NGYT played in bettering me as a young person.

Advice for the Next Gen following in your footsteps
GET INVOLVED!!! There is so much you learn by just being around and getting stuck in. You have nothing to lose but so much to gain!

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Part of NGYT 2012 - 2016

Elise Cordwell

Groups & Companies attended at NGYT
Theatre Company 2015-2019

Currently Studying
BA (Hons) English with Creative Writing at the University of Nottingham

NGYT Highlight/Fondest Memory
My time at NGYT is something I know I will treasure for the rest of my life. They have taught me countless life lessons in not only acting, but creating, believing in my own voice and its worth, empathy towards others and the power for change that we all possess. The changes friends and family have seen in me; from a nervous and shy caterpillar, to a bold, brave and confident butterfly. 'Laced Within Our Borders' allowed me to own up to the person that I am. Unapologetically. Shows like these and more all have something that touch every person by being part of it or watching it and I am so blessed and thankful to have been a part of them.

Advice for the Next Gen following in your footsteps
Take risks, we're all playing a role in the rehearsal of this show we call life. NGYT let you try things, challenge yourself, explore your talents. Take advantage of it! This is a treasured part of our town that allow us young people to just be us, and make ourselves even better. We can thrive. So please please please take risks as much as you like!

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Part of NGYT 2013-2019

Rhys Crownshaw

Groups & Companies attended at NGYT
Theatre company

Currently Studying
BA (Hons) Acting at Plymouth Conservatoire

NGYT Highlight/Fondest Memory
I would love to say everything! But if I could pick out one it would have to be the performing 'Laced within Our Borders'

Advice for the Next Gen following in your footsteps
To have fun and believe! Believe in your ability and show what you’re made of. I can easily and proudly say that NGYT was easily the best 4 years of my life. They allowed me to have opportunities that I wouldn’t have had anywhere else and they allowed me to see that I am capable of doing anything. I love NGYT with all my heart and they will hold a big place in my heart for a very long time. David and Laura are an inspiration to me and without their care, guidance and love for what they do I wouldn’t be doing what I love. Thank you isn’t enough. Being able to devise a show around young people’s voices is something I loved and felt honoured to do. Every time I was up performing with NGYT I felt at home and so so proud. They were easily the best shows I’ve ever been in. And I know where ever I am, I’m thinking of NGYT and I know something amazing is about to happen.

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Part of NGYT 2015-2018

niall brennan

Groups & Companies attended at NGYT
IGen Theatre Co 2016-17
Theatre Company 2017-21

Currently Studying
BA (Hons) Film

NGYT Highlight/Fondest Memory
There are so many highlights and memories I could choose from my time at NGYT so i’m gonna choose from the start. I first joined NGYTs unauditioned monday group however they decided to try me out in the auditioned company meaning I had to go alone. I was so nervous but as soon as I walked in I felt instant relief as I could feel how warm and welcoming it was straight away without any judgement. This allowed me to make friends who are friends for life and where all the amazing memories I had after began.

Advice for the Next Gen following in your footsteps
Always be yourself. And don’t forget to play and have fun!

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Part of NGYT 2016-2021

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