OUR TEAM

Meet the people who work for you

 

Laura

Laura has been teaching Dance and Theatre for over 15 years in a variety of settings including specialist dance/performing arts schools as well as in formal education settings across all key stages. 

She has a wealth of performance experience, which she is also able to bring to her teaching. Laura prides herself on the belief that anyone can perform and encourages her young people to express themselves and tell their stories regardless of their ability. 

In her early teaching years Laura worked as a Children’s Movement and Acting Coach for several professional touring companies on shows such as ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’, ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ and ‘The Wiz’.

As a Choreographer Laura has an extensive list of credits and achievements. Most recently Laura worked with Luton’s NPO Tangled Feet on ‘Factory Reset’ for the reopening of The Hat Factory. Laura also collaborated with Tangled Feet on ‘Mirror Sky’, for the finale of The Imagine Luton Festival. 
Laura was commissioned to create a piece for Luton’s People Power Passion Event in 2019. In 2020 Laura created ‘Social Dis’dancing’, a piece for BBC 3 Counties Radio which received over 44k views. Laura has also taken the lead and contributed to Creative projects with The Charity Signposts, The Level Trust, Pirton Hill Primary School, The BBC, Fashion Show Live, Motus Dance Festival, The Big Dance at the Love Luton Festival, Cancer Research UK’s Relay for Life and a fundraiser for Keech Hospice.

Since becoming a Mum (to what is now 3 little ones) Laura, alongside her husband David, established ‘Taleshakers’. As Resident storyteller and DJ, Laura has performed to 1000’s of babies, toddlers, little ones and their families across the UK and around the Globe.

With David, Laura co-devised the award winning youth theatre piece ‘RIP NED’, ‘The Butterfly Catcher’ (Winner of the Brighton Fringe Award for Outstanding Theatre), ‘In Doing Nothing I Found Me’ and ‘Laced Within Our Borders’ as well as the critically acclaimed Dance Theatre pieces ‘The Little Things’, ‘Love for Dummies’, ‘Pity Party’ and ‘What She Said’.

Many of Laura’s students have gone on to further training or directly into the industry where they have performed professionally on both Stage and Screen.

Most memorable theatrical experience:
Watching Company Chameleon perform ‘Push’ at Pirton Hill Primary School in Luton as part of our ‘Up Our Street’ initiative. Seeing the faces of the young people who were there was absolutely priceless. So many of them had never seen anything like this before and is was a totally breathtaking moment.

My local hidden gem/hero:
All the young people who attend NGYT. I know this sounds cliché but honestly every young person that we work with has something so special. It is an honour to know them, see them grow and watch them on their journey.

I can’t live without:
Coffee. Dance. Theatre. My family (Nuclear and NGYT)

NGYT Laura

Laura lloyd (BA HONS)

Founder / C0-Artistic Director / Choreographer

David

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.

NGYT Laura

David Lloyd (BA HONS MA QTS)

Founder / Co-Artistic Director / Writer

Lauren

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, Someries Infants, St Matthew's, St Martin De Porres, Whitefield Primary, William Austin 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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Lauren Segal (BA, MA)

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

Hannah

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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Hannah Kelly (BA HONS)

NGYT Enquiries Administrator / Drama Teacher / iGen Theatre Company Director

Tanisha

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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Tanisha Daniel

iGen Street Dance Company Choreographer

Bethany

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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Bethany Evangeline Paul

#NGYTfamily Fitness Leader

Tara

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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Tara Treanor

Musical Theatre Company Singing Teacher

Sidney

Sidney is a writer and director, from Luton.

Sidney studied at Luton Sixth Form College and the University of Cambridge. She has a BA (Hons.) in History. At university, Sidney was hugely involved in student theatre: as a writer, director, producer, and stage manager. She was Outreach & Workshops Officer for a drama society – where she supported student writers. This included reviving an annual festival of new writing, ‘Smorgasbord’. Sidney co-produced the first African musical performed at Cambridge (‘Sophiatown’, ADC Theatre). In her final year, Sidney wrote and directed a full-length play – ‘Talking Out Loud’. The play was about the lives of four young people, set in Luton.

Sidney has written a variety of plays. She was previously commissioned for The Writer’s Watchlist: Vol. 1, writing ‘The Records’ – a magical realism-inspired short play about history. This was performed at Theatre Royal Stratford East (March 2018). Sidney’s full-length play ‘Wakes’ was performed at Bunker Theatre – co-headlining The Upsetters Takeover Week (February 2020). Sidney was commissioned by Burn Bright for the online event, Better in Person. She wrote a short play, set and performed live on a Zoom call – ‘Box of Bottles’ (August 2020).

Aside from writing, Sidney works as a director and facilitator. She enjoys working on community-focused projects, including devised performances. Sidney was an Associate Artist on People Power Passion. Her theatrical credits include: Assistant Director, ‘Riot Act’ (Luton Town Hall, July 2019); Dramaturg, ‘The Butterfly Effect’ (Hat Factory Arts Centre, December 2019).

Sidney believes that storytelling is powerful – and that art should be accessible to all. Sidney is especially interested in writing which focuses on lesser-told stories, and underrepresented communities.

Most memorable theatrical experience:
‘Bodas de Sangre’ ('Blood Wedding') by Federico García Lorca. In sixth form, our Spanish class went to London, to see a touring theatre company from Spain. It was amazing to experience the play in its original language. Also – in places where I couldn’t understand the dialogue, I could still follow the story: because of the movement, lighting/sound, and acting performances onstage. It was great.

My local hidden gem/hero:
Sometimes forgotten, when people think of Luton – but we have some wonderful green, natural spaces.

I can’t live without:
Going for walks. Football. A notepad & pen.

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Sidney belony

workshop leader -
NGYT Writers' collective

Molly

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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Molly Sims

NGYT Teaching Assistant

Chris

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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Chris Gibson

NGYT Musical Theatre Company Volunteer

Luke

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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Luke Cheshire

NGYT Musical Theatre Company Volunteer

Abigail

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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Abigail Pollard

NGYT Musical Theatre Company Volunteer

Elise

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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Elise Beddow

NGYT Volunteer