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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!

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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.

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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?!

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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!

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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.

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Bethany Evangeline Paul


#NGYTfamily Fitness Leader


Bethany (Beth) started dancing at the age of 4, where she trained at Anne Gale School of Dance achieving advanced grades in ISTD Ballet, Tap and Modern Jazz. She has also trained in Street, Body Conditioning and Irish. She went on to study dance (Contemporary, Ballet and Jazz) at Luton Sixth Form College achieving a distinction. Beth has recently graduated from Canterbury Christ Church University with a 2:1 BA Hons in Dance and Film, Radio and Television Combined Studies. Here she trained in choreography and the dance styles of Contemporary, Ballet, Jazz, African, South Asian and Aerial.
At university Beth also produced short films and documentaries and developed skills in stage management, videography, photography, editing, lighting and sound operation.
Whilst at University Beth played a huge role in the Dance Society, C4 Dance. She was the Ballet competition choreographer and fitness teacher. She competed nationally and was placed highly in Jazz, Hip Hop and Afro styles. Beth was a choreographer for many charity events including: ‘SABBS Do Strictly’, Meningitis Foundation Danceathon and ran dance workshops raising money for MIND charity. Beth has danced in many shows including Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs for Duo Entertainment, Pinocchio and Essence of Ireland for Grove Theatre and People Power Passion for Luton Borough Council. Beth also choreographed the People Power Passion Dance Spectacular, reflecting Luton’s vibrant cultures and communities, where she was the Dance Captain working with over 50 dancers.
Since 2018, Beth has been a member of NGYT Dance Company and has performed in Fashion Show Live, The Christmas Parade at Frost’s Garden Centre, The Diwali Celebration in Luton Town Centre, The St George’s Day Parade in St George’s Square, Motus UK, Pre Carnival Celebration at the Carnival Arts Centre for Samaritans Charity and as part of the Black Lives Matter commission for People Power Passion.
Beth has a passion for both dance and fitness; she believes it’s ‘Mind over matter’ and that you can achieve any goal if you set your mind and heart on it. Beth is so excited to start teaching dance fitness at NGYT.

Most memorable theatrical experience?
Seeing ‘The Lion King’ in the West End. The opening is extremely powerful; I sat there with a huge grin on my face and I had to stop myself from jumping up and joining in the routines. I could watch it again and again.

My Local gem/hero:
My beloved mother who comes to watch all my shows.

I can’t live without:
My family and friends are what keep me sane and happy, life without them would be an absolute disaster. Also, music is something I listen to everyday and I end up creating little dances wherever I am, some good, some... not so good. I also can’t live without avocado and watermelon.
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Tara Treanor


Musical Theatre Company Singing Teacher


Tara has always had a passion for the arts and musical theatre and has taken part in a number of performances, she is currently at the uni of Hertfordshire studying to become a primary school teacher.

Most memorable theatrical experience?
Playing Annie in the show at school, it was my first lead role so I think it will always stay with me

My Local gem/hero:
David and Laura, I have known them for many years and they are always so supportive of me and I love what they do in Luton!

I can’t live without:
Singing, I sing every single day!

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Lee Nelson
Photo Credit: Emma Marshall


Lit Hop Teacher


Lee Nelson
A performer, educator and writer with nearly two decades of experience; Lee Nelson writes with detail and precision, performs with a director’s awareness of nuance and helps shape and direct the writing and performance of others with the connection of a fellow performer. He has been a professional teacher of performance and theatre since 2002.

Alongside this he has organised, compered and performed at spoken word events for more than 20 years now (blimey). During this time, in places ranging from Luton and London to Glastonbury Festival and the Edinburgh Festival Free Fringe he has shared stages with poets like John Cooper Clarke and John Hegley and, most recently and excitingly, he appeared as Luton’s own ‘peoples’ poet’ opening the People Power Passion event commemorating the burning down of the town hall.

A native of Luton he moved back there in 2008 with the intention to draw out of his hometown the talent and the voices of the people. This he has done with UTTER! Lutonia – Luton’s own grass-roots Spoken Word events that are recognised nationally and put local writers and performers (often first-timers) on the same stage and with equal ranking (and payment) as performers such as Sophia Walker and Deanna Rodger. Lee produces and comperes each event. His own writing is sharp and sometimes cynical, in love with truth and with words in equal measure. Funny yes, but not just funny.

Lee feels that everyone has a story to tell and helping some of them tell those stories has been the great privilege of his time as a teacher. Everybody has the right to a place in the world, an opinion on that place, the chance to share that opinion and to teach others about how they think the world could be. Art, writing, passion and communication will change us and will ultimately be what will save us. As the poet almost wrote ‘the powerful play goes on and you must contribute your verse’.

Most memorable theatrical experience?
It was in 1992, I saw Emmanuel Enchanted by Forced Entertainment, I didn’t get it at the time but it haunted me and still does, and now I think I get half of it but it haunts me and drives me still. Political and furious without a trace of violence. Transformative peaceful magic with a burning angry heart, that’s what it was and what the theatre I love is . . .
As a performer, the size of the stage and the feeling as the crowd cheered individual lines in my Burning Down the Town Hall poem at the recent PeoplePowerPassion event on 19th July 2019

My Local gem/hero:
Soul-Food Poetry and Mp Yamfam – that’s how you run a great big totally inclusive poetry night!

I can’t live without:
My family (especially my nearly three-year-old son Luka) and music and books, books books books. Almost any book will do in a pinch but Angela Carter, Tom Robbins, CS Lewis, Norton Juster, Spike Milligan, Alan Garner, John Hegley, Grant Morrison, Alan Moore, Joni Mitchell, Julian Cope and Stephen Fry made me the man I am today.

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Molly Sims


NGYT Teaching Assistant


Molly assists at our Musical Theatre Company. In addition to this Molly also works full time 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.

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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:
Coffee.

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Luke Cheshire


NGYT Musical Theatre Company Volunteer


Luke is very much part of the NGYT family having been in the Musical Theatre Company and currently in the Theatre Company. We are so pleased to have Luke as a volunteer as we know he will continue to inspire and support the younger ones who look up to him (not only because of his height).

Most memorable theatrical experience?
The opening number of Wicked, when the music came in I was just overwhelmed, never been more excited for anything!

My local hidden gem/hero:
Got to be Cerys Wrigley (Read more about Cerys in our May 2019 story),  stands up for everything she believes in, leading a climate change protest in March aged 16. As well as getting into the top 9 in the NATIONAL THEATRE script-wring competition. She’s an inspiration to me an so many others!

I can't live without:
All the people around me keeping me grounded. Also NGYT and of course lots of food.

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Abigail Pollard


NGYT Musical Theatre Company Volunteer


Abigail is very much part of the NGYT family having been in the Musical Theatre Company and currently in the Theatre Company. We are incredibly proud of Abigail and have loved seeing her grow in self-belief during her time at NGYT.

Most memorable theatrical experience?
Definitely when I went to see the musical ‘Everybody’s Talking About Jamie’, I absolutely loved the music and literally everything about it! It was the first musical that properly made me feel like I belonged in the theatre.

My local hidden gem/hero:
It sounds silly but there’s this guy who works at my corner shop who always says hi to me and my Mum when we come in and asks how we are doing, he just made us feel welcome when we moved into the area a few years ago and I appreciate him so much!

I can't live without:
I wouldn’t be able to live without my best friend Luke, the amount he’s done for me since I’ve known him is insane and I’m so grateful to have him in my life. (Oh and I don’t think I could live without NGYT either, I’m pretty proud of the person I am today and it’s all thanks to them)

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Elise Beddow


NGYT Volunteer


Elise is one of NGYT's longest attending members and to say she comes to everything would be an understatement. In this time she has performed in ‘Dear Mr Gove’, ‘Game changers’, ‘Time Hop’ ‘The Switch’ and ‘The Only Way’ at the ‘Luton Library Theatre’. She was also part of the 1st ever cast of actors to perform at Wardown Park museum. She has worked with some amazing companies along the way too including Tangled Feet’, ‘Fourth Monkey’, ‘Mimbre’ and ‘Revoluton Arts’ and it is safe to say Elise has thoroughly enjoyed every single experience with NGYT!!!

Most memorable theatrical experience?
I can’t possibly pick just one... so it has to be between when I went to see 'Phantom of the Opera’ and 'Blood Brothers'. I saw Phantom when I was 6 and I was sat right near the front when the chandelier swung down right over my head. I went to see Blood Brothers when I was about 5 and SHOT OUT MY SEAT when the gun shot exploded at the end (spoiler).

My local hidden gem/hero:
This is probably one of the easiest questions I’ve ever had to answer as this is probably one of the only people who understands me COMPLETELY. Without a doubt my local hero and all time best teacher and friend would 10000000% have to be LAURA LLOYD!!! This is going to sound really cheesy but it’s true... I can’t think of anybody I could aspire to be more like than this amazing woman who has helped me through all the difficult times in my life since I was 9 THANK YOU LAURA ❤❤❤❤❤

I can't live without:
My friends, my family, FOOD, Netflix, my IPhone and NGYT!!!!!!!! 💕💕

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Abigail Edwards


NGYT Volunteer


Abigail has been with NGYT a number of years and is currently part of the Theatre Company. We were also delighted to welcome Abigail into the business for her work experience early in 2019. Abigail is a wonderful young lady and a valued member of the team.

Most memorable theatrical experience:
There’s so many!! I love going to the theatre but probably my most memorable experience would have to be at the Hat Factory when I went to see ‘Bromance’. It had everything; humour, love, happiness and right on the doorstep!!

My local hidden gem/hero:
My parents and best friends. They’re the kindest, most thoughtful people who always go the extra mile.

I can't live without:
Coffee and my box set of the TV series Friends