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Sylvia Young Theatre School

Part Time Classes


Principal: Mrs Sylvia Young OBE
Head of Music: Mr Ray Lamb BA LGSM
Artistic Director: Mr Steven Baker
Administrator: Michelle Lakey
Administrator: Martin Rumble
Reception: Farah Ishaq
First Aid: Ylva karlsjo-Matanovic
  • Abygail Hughes


    A trained Actor and Teacher who has experienced working as both within in the industry.

    I have a playful practice and I enjoy working across many different forms of theatre to create exciting and interesting theatrical work.

  • Beth Mullen


    Beth is an actress for stage and screen most recently seen in Ricky Gervais Afterlife series NETFLIX. 

    She endeavours to bring her skills acquired professionally to her teaching. she enjoys teaching all aspects of drama but is especially adept at teaching vocal and physical transformations and has a keen interest in in devising and improve.

  • Brooke Blewitt


    Brooke trained at Sylvia Young Theatre School and Laine Theatre Arts receiving a Level 6 Diploma in Musical Theatre and all aspects of dance.

    At 15 she was signed to the London Tap Company “The Pulse Collective” performing around London. 

    Whilst at College she worked with a variety of choreographers, including Matt Flint, Nick Winston and Aaron Renfree.

  • Bryn Williams


    Bryn is recognised as an innovative and motivational drama practitioner whose career has spanned four decades and three continents. A direct descendant of Shakespeare’s family through William’s sister Joan; he has had an extensive and varied career in the Performing Arts as a child actor then actor and director before branching into teaching. As director and youth theatre facilitator he has produced or directed over 300 productions including Medea, Trojan Women, Hamlet, Othello, Salome, Wizard of Oz, Bugsy Malone, Evita and Shattered Dreams. His work has seen him conduct master classes in the USA, Hong Kong, Shanghai and the UK as well as his native Australia. Artistic Directorships include that of Araluen Youth Theatre, Centre Stage Theatre, Rock Eisteddfod, Croc Eisteddfod and the annual Concourse d’elegance. He was an associate director for the Yeperenye Festival in Central Australia and ‘Romeo & Juliet’ at the Royal Albert Hall, London. As a Drama teacher he has taught throughout Australia, most notably as Head of Performing arts for OLSH College.

    He is the workshop facilitator for Delfont Mackintosh Theatres where he has conceived and conducted West End workshops for les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, Mamma Mia, Avenue Q, Enron, and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Oliver, Miss Saigon and Spring Awakening. As director in London he has directed ‘Romeo and Juliet’. ‘Total Eclipse’, ‘Head Rot Holiday’, ‘Conference of the Birds’, ‘Lord of the Flies’ in addition to drama coaching. Bryn’s achievements have been recognised with the awards of Centralian of the Year and twice finalist in the Australian of the Year, Australia Remembers Playwright and state finalist in Australian Teacher of the Year.

  • Callum Mann


    Originally from Blackpool, studied dance, drama and singing since the age of 3. Moved down to London at the age of 12 to attend the Sylvia Young Theatre School. Upon graduation from SYTS I went on to study a 3 year Level 6 Diploma in Musical Theatre at Laine Theatre Arts.

  • Charlotte Gale


    Charlotte has worked and performed in theatre for over 10 years both in the west end and on various tours. 

    Her west end credits include the original London cast of Top Hat (Aldwych Theatre), Elf the Musical (Dominion Theatre) and Carousel (Arcola Theatre). She has more recently become assistant choreographer to Lee Proud on shows such as Elf (Copenhagen) and Allegro (Southwark). Whilst performing Charlotte has taught at many colleges including Arts Educational, Urdang and London Studio Centre.

  • Courtney Frifth


    Training, Sylvia Young Theatre School for 10 years and currently training at Performers College under a 3 year Diploma Course. 

    My aim to pass on the love and knowledge I have for this industry creating a positive, supportive and hardworking environment for all students. I aim to inspire students with the experience that I have gained throughout my training. 

  • Daniel Brady


    Daniel trained at the University of Manchester and Royal Northern College of Music where he studied piano and composition.   

    His music and session playing (piano/keyboard), writing and arrangement has been recorded by a variety of artists in commercial music as part of several songwriting collaborations, reaching the UK Independent Singles and online charts.  

    He has directed and produced music for television and stage, both nationally and internationally and has a broad musical background in both commercial music and musical theatre.   He draws upon this experience as a teacher at SYTS, where he specialises in singing. 

  • Debbie Taylor

    Tap & Jazz

    Debbie trained at Doreen Bird College of Performing Arts from the age of 5 and continued to study the three year teachers/performers course. 

    She has worked as a freelance choreographer as well as a jazz, tap, street dance and musical theatre teacher. 

    Professional engagements include with the original cast of 42nd Street (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane), Zelda in Singin' in the Rain (The Palladium) and Mrs Potipher in Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat (UK Tour).

  • Fred Feeney


    Fred Feeney is a musical director, composer, arranger and teacher. Fred graduated from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in 2012 and since then has worked around the world on cruise ships and in London and New York.

  • Gareth Heale

    Gareth is a trained classical singer who consolidated an interest in vocal technique in 2017, graduating from The Voice College in the top 5% with an Advanced Professional Diploma in Teaching Contemporary Singing. 

    While training and since graduating, Gareth has taught masterclasses at The BRIT School and City Academy London, as well as being an established private vocal coach with students in the West End and on tour.  

  • George Beet

    Tap & Jazz

    George trained at Bird College studying all dance disciplines, where he received a Distinction for his work. He is an acclaimed tap dancer after gaining two silver medals at the World Tap Championships in 2010.George’s professionals credits include 42nd Street Theatre Royal Drury Lane,  The Brit Awards,  ‘Pepper’ in Mamma Mia, La Boheme for the Royal Opera House working with Director Richard Jones. George guest teaches at many schools and colleges around London.

  • Georgia Fitch


    Georgia has a degree in drama from John Moores University - Liverpool, and also trained as an actress at the East 15 drama school. 

    She has worked as an actress, and then as a writer, for over twenty years. Work includes, productions at the the National Theatre,  collaborations with the RSC, and many radio plays produced for the BBC. She has also worked in film and television.

    Georgia's specialism is devised work.

  • Jane Lamacraft


    Qualifications: BA (Hons) English Literature: LONDON UNIVERSITY. MA Text & Performance Studies: LONDON UNIVERSITY/RADA – Bursary winner. Acting Training: MOUNTVIEW - Dame Judi Dench Scholarship winner. 

    Having worked as an actor in the West End, Film, TV & Radio, Jane started writing comedy and is now a regular writer for BBC Radio 4 for shows such as: THE NOW SHOW, THE NEWS QUIZ amongst many others and has also written for the likes of ARMSTRONG & MILLER, SMACK THE PONY, NEVER MIND THE BUZZCOCKS, JASON BYRNE, RORY BREMNER, ALISTAIR MCGOWAN and recently performed her own work at SOHO THEATRE.

  • Jo Marle Cera

    Primary Tap & Jazz

    For the past 19 years Jo Marle de Cera has been teaching Primary Dance Tap and Jazz at Sylvia Young Theatre School. 

    Jo has extensive experience engaging and animating children and also teaches Drama, Singing, Music and movement, Exercise, Language Development and Storytelling at a private school in Hampstead.

  • Joe Partridge

    Joe is a singer, actor and composer graduating from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in 2019.

    Recent credits for Joe have included work for the National Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company, Thursford Christmas Spectacular, Best of Rock Musicals (Eventim Apollo), Guys & Dolls in Concert with the London Philharmonia and in Katherine Jenkins Guiding Light and Cinema Paradiso (Decca).

    Joe continues to enjoy performing across the UK and overseas and is delighted to be joining the Sylvia Young team.

  • Josh Wichard


    Joshua Wichard is a 27 year old actor, having graduated from Guildford School of Acting in 2017 on the BA Acting Course.

    Since graduating he has toured the UK for a year with a murder mystery play, filmed for the BBC series Upstart Crow as well as a new American series adaptation of Four Weddings and a Funeral with Hulu/NBC. As well as a model for brands like T.M Lewin, Joshua has had an extensive voice over career providing his voice and occasionally likeness for video games, Spotify commercials, adverts and audiobooks on Audible.

  • Louis Ducasse

    Street Dance

    Louis Fitz-Earl Ducasse has been teaching for the past 5 years and  

    is an experienced urban dancer. His teaching uses a variety of styles including Popping, Locking, Breaking, Capoeira, Krump, and contemporary which he enjoys fusing together within his choreography. 

    Louis has spent the past 7 years dedicated to the study of ‘dance practice, dance theatre and pedagogy of dance’. He has acquired a masters degree in the arts as well as being an experienced and diverse dance performer. Louis has had the privilege to perform his own theatre pieces in Kingston’s Rose theatre, Caddogan hall, Richmix and Stratford Circus. 

    Louis is passionate about creating, performing and teaching dance and enjoys sharing his passion to all students.

  • Michelle Payne

    Michelle is a director-playwright from Essex recently working on artist-led programme Future Forms (Donmar Warehouse).
    Michelle was a recipient of Regional Theatre Young Directors' Scheme residency at the Mercury Theatre Colchester & assisted Ryan McBryde on Cinderella (nominated for Best Pantomime at the Great British Panto Awards).
    Her immersive play Squad Goals (Dagenham & Redbridge F.C.) received multiple 4 & 5 star reviews & features from theatre & national press before being published by Salamander Street.
    Recent Directing Credits:
    Rockstars - Enthusiastically, Yes! (showcase) the Garrick, West End, ALP & Aria Entertainment.
    Dear Dead Jason (R&D) Bruised Sky Productions.
    The Liberators (new writing), PPA 3rd Year Acting for Stage & Screen.
    My Three Sisters (R&D), The Bush.
    Jess (digital) The Space Online (nom’d: ONCOMM for Digital Theatre).
    Find Me (devised), VAULT Festival.
    Ordinary Days at Rose & Crown.

  • Pearce Barron


    Pearce is originally from Swindon, moving to London to attend Sylvia Young Theatre School, and graduating ArtsEd with a First Class BA (Hons) in Musical Theatre, Jazz & Tap in 2019.

    Since graduating, he has performed in the 2020 production of THE PIRATE QUEEN at the London Coliseum, and most recently playing IQ, in the West End revival of Olivier Award winning musical HAIRSPRAY.

  • Ray Lamb


    Ray studied for his LGSM in piano performance and arranging under Neil Butterworth in Edinburgh before going on to a BA in music, specialising in composition and conducting with Anthony Hedges.

    While at university he started working as an MD on musicals and pantomimes locally and after graduating, moved to London where he continued to work in these areas whilst becoming more involved in commercial music. Writing and playing with several bands he co-founded a recording studio in Hammersmith where he learned sound engineering  and production with a variety of artists as well as arranging and writing for TV and commercial radio.

    Initially hired to do some arranging for SYTS, Ray enjoyed working with the talented youngsters and over the years dedicated more of his time to education, eventually taking on the role of Musical Director putting together innumerable concerts, television, radio performances and recordings.

    Ray and his partner Nicola have four children.

  • Rob Hitchmough


    Rob spent twenty five years working on the stand-up and impro’ circuit, he took a break in the early nineties to go to drama school.  

    Acting credits include: Spooks, Watching (sit-com), EastEnders, Brookside, The Bill (twice), Absent (Woman's Hour series on Radio 4) and about 10 short films. He qualified as a drama teacher at The City Lit, where he now teaches, stand up, impro’, sketch writing, sight reading and audition technique; he is also a senior tutor at The Actors Centre (a drama school for professional actors).  

    Rob also teaches a workshop called ‘Improvisation for Doctors’ on GP training schemes.  Writing credits include: Children’s television dramas: ‘Billy & Layla’ and ‘Time Travel’  Stage Plays: ‘Campsite’ & ‘One Step Ahead’ (which was shortlisted for The Liverpool Hope Playwriting Prize.)

  • Rob Thomas

    Street Dance

    He was awarded a scholarship to train at the Sylvia Young Theatre School as a full time student. Following this he also secured a 3 year performing arts scholarship at London Studio Centre. 

    Rob had a continuous influx of jobs and toured worldwide with recording artists such as Atomic Kitten, Spice Girls, Beverly Knight, Stooshe, MTV Asia Awards and X Factor as a backing dancer. 

    Rob started teaching Street Dance classes 10yrs ago and has a passion to see the next generation well equipped with solid foundations.

  • Ryan Bennett


    Ryan Bennett is a New Zealand born actor who trained at Actors Centre Australia and then completed a Master of Arts at Guildford School of Acting.

    He’s been in indie features (e.g. Zoe; Misplaced, Our Little Haven), bit parts on telly back in Aussie (e.g. Home and Away) and was in his first web series when he was 16 (But no chance you’re getting the name of that one)! He's starred on stage as Bob Crewe in Jersey Boys (Selladoor Worldwide) from Dubai to China, played Dromio of Ephesus in Comedy of Errors and Angus/Lennox in Macbeth for Pop-Up Globe (NZ/Australia), he's played the Sydney Opera House in Nightbook, and toured New Zealand, Australia and parts of the U.K. with The Factory - a new musical, in the male lead role (Edward). He also writes and produces his own award-winning short films and theatre that has screened/been staged in London and all over the world.

    Since graduating in 2012, Ryan has taught acting for numerous schools such as NIDA, Sylvia Young Theatre School, Guildford School of Acting, CCMT, and many more. He specialises in teaching script analysis, auditioning, screen performance and acting through song - but has been known to comfortably cover all manner of material and concerns to the new/developing actor.

    Ryan's passion for teaching matches that of his passion for performance, directing and writing.

  • Simon Rawlings


    Simon trained at Mountview Theatre School. 

    He directed the major revival of A Chorus Line at the Lowry Theatre, Salford; The Wizard of Oz at the Wales Millennium Centre and the Lowry (with Judy Garland’s daughter, Lorna Luft); the new musical Pilgrim, which he also co-wrote; and numerous 'big-name' pantomimes for UK Productions. Acting work includes national tours and West End productions of ‘Allo ‘Allo (as Herr Flick with the original cast), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Don’t Dress for Dinner, The Demon Headmaster and Whose Life is it Anyway?  Also, The Great British Musicals (Royal Albert Hall), French Paste (Shaw Theatre, London), The Merry Widow (Opera Holland Park), Overture (Lyric, Hammersmith), A Christmas Carol (English Theatre of Stockholm) and They’re Playing Our Song (Far East Tour). T.V. includes Crimewatch UK, Rift and commercials for BT and Boots.

  • Tessa Stannard


    Early training SYTS full time and then Masters Performing Arts studying all forms of performance tap, Jazz, commercial and singing

    Musical Theatre has always been my true passion. As a trained professional and performer I have taught multiple classes and theatre workshops inspiring my students  and watching their confidence grow.