Our Mission

Our mission is to Engage, Enthuse, Educate, Enrich and Empower young people to pursue life with passion and purpose.

Our Approach

We adopt a holistic approach which seeks to simultaneously address the emotional, physical, spiritual, relational and intellectual needs in a young person’s life. We nurture and develop young people to become well-rounded individuals for Stage, Screen and Life.

Our Programme

We run two very full three term programmes from September to July that include:

*weekly acting, singing and dancing classes * group coaching sessions * creating dance routines * song writing * script writing and story development * rehearsals * live performance

Who We Are

Young and Talented is a theatre school with a difference. While on the surface we appear like many other theatre schools, our sessions embrace a diverse group of young people from all socio-economic backgrounds, religions and ethnicities and provide them with high calibre coaching and opportunities that put us in another league.

Young and Talented has been nurturing and developing young people for stage and screen since 2004. In March 2012 our group The Real Deal won BBC TV’s Sport Relief Does Glee Club 2012. Showing that not only do our young people learn how to perform, they also learn how to succeed in life.

Our Tutors

Suzann McLean Robinson DIP, MA, PP

Suzann McLean Robinson DIP, MA, PP

Artistic Director

Suzann trained at the prestigious Italia Conti Academy and has an MA in Professional Practice (directing and producing theatre for Social Change). She has an extensive, 17 year, acting career in TV, theatre, film and commercials. Suzann’s TV credits include Jesus Christ Superstar, Dr. Who, Casualty, Coupling, Doctors, Bafta nominated Little Miss Jocelyn, The Honourable Woman and the feature films Amina, Freestyle, World War Z.

Alongside her acting career runs her work as a freelance director, with projects ranging from community theatre to the West End stage. Suzann directed the critically acclaimed Catcher for York Theatre Royal which won the Pulse Festival. Other directing credits include Strictly Bingo! at the Hackney Empire, The Sisterhood overseas in Bermuda and This Child for Pilot Theatre company for who she also worked as Assistant Director and actress in the TMA award winning play Looking For JJ.

Suzann was selected as to carry the Olympic Flame in the 2012 Torch Relay.

Roy Alexander Weise

Roy Alexander Weise

Acting Tutor Y&T Broadway Theatre

Roy trained on the BA Directing course at Rose Bruford College and is the 2016 winner of the JMK Award for Young Directors directing the critically acclaimed production of The Mountaintop at Young Vic Theatre. Roy’s debute production Stone Face received 4 star reviews and 3 Off West End Award nominations. He was trainee director at the Royal Court in 2015-2016 and BBC Theatre fellow at the Bush and Lyric Hammersmith in 2013-2014. Roy has been the acting tutor with Y&T at the Broadway since 2013. Other directing credits include In Smoke, Aperture (Royal Court Theatre), Plunder, One Million Tiny Plays About Britain (The Young Vic), Palindrome (Arcola Theatre) The Man in the Green Jacket (Jermyn Street Theatre), What Happens Behind the Bar (Cockpit Theatre), SKEEN! (Ovalhouse), Invisible Mice (Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith) and Chameleon (Unicorn Theatre). Television includes Trainee Director on Invisible (Channel 4).

Tyler Mitchell

Tyler Mitchell

Acting Tutor

Tyler’s credits include Casualty, Little Miss Jocelyn (BBC) No Offence (Channel 4). Dying Out Loud (Stratford East) and Dear Darwin (European tour).

Emma West

Emma West

Dance Tutor Y&T Oxford House

Emma started dancing and performing at the age of 16, training at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts. Since graduating Emma has travelled and danced in Los Angeles for four months at the Movement Lifestyle studio, Debbie Reynolds and Millennium.

She was dancer and assistant choreographer for six months in the Bollywood industry in India.

Emma’s style of dance is versatile with influences of Jazz Funk, Contemporary, Commercial and Musical Theatre. She have a passion for performing, creating movement and teaching as she loves watching people gain skills and confidence in their dancing.

Jordan Xavier

Jordan Xavier

Signing Tutor Y&T Oxford House

Jordan has worked for a range of recording artists and directors including including Will (Chase&Status), Luke smith (George Michael). He won a scholarship and trained at the prestigious Berkley School of Music in USA. Jordan currently writes and composes music for TV and radio with CreativeMusicX, he has also played at numerous venues throughout London as a singer and a musician and is always looking to achieve as high a standard as possible in his playing. Theatre credits include musical director and composer for ‘Rebellion’ at the Hackney Empire; musical director for ‘Viva Eastender’ at Rich Mix and sound designer for ‘The Killing Class’. He also teaches music at Beulah junior school and Croydon Music & Arts.

Christopher Ribz Gordon

Christopher Ribz Gordon

Dance Tutor

Christ studied to degree level at (LIPA) The Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts in musical theatre and commercial dance. His performing credits include Thriller live West End and World Tour, Tyrone in Fame the Musical, touring with the Motown tribute band, Glad It’s Night alongside various TV and Commercial work.

Alexandra Reisinger

Alexandra Reisinger

Pre School Tutor

Lexa holds a BA degree in Music Education from MUK Wien and a MA in Applied Theatre from Goldsmiths, University of London which she has just completed in 2015. Ever since she works in socially engaged music and theatre settings, wearing a variety of hats.

Andreea Urzica

Andreea Urzica

Company Development Coordinator

Andreea Urzica finished with Distinction her MA in Performing Arts in Italy. Since then she worked as an actress, stage manager, company development coordinator and agent. Performance credits include Chiriatiţa in “Titanic Vals”, Alina in “Spari mentali, la coca, il gangster e lo scrittore”, Professor Paolino in “The Man, The Virtue and The Beast”, and Dance tutor in “Countdown to Murder” Channel 5. As Company Development Coordinator at Y&T Andreea works to build on the profile of the company and supports the young people in their creative journey through life. Andreea also works as a Film adviser and language tutor for young performers and is the new client officer at Alphabet Kidz agency.

Patrons and Agency

Y&T collaborate with Alphabet Agency / Alphabet Kidz the BAFTA winning agency, one of UK’s leading agencies for young performers. Together we create opportunities for professional work on stage and screen

Our drama, singing and dance classes ensure that they all receive ongoing professional training. We welcome visits from casting directors and ask that they contact Alphabet Agency / Alphabet Kidz to book our students.

Agency Representation for Children, Teens & young Adults. TV, Film, Commercials, Voice Overs, Modelling and Theatre Bookings

Link to Agency Show reel: http://alphabetkidz.co.uk/showreels_menu.php

Latest News Page(s): http://alphabetkidz.co.uk/latest_news.php

We have found that confidence and self esteem is the base from which to work from… not just for acting, but in all areas of life.

John Byrne

John Byrne

Career advisor to The Stage newspaper and Young performer magazine. Media appearances include BBC TV, Radio, Nickelodeon TV and Sky News.

“Delighted to be in such distinguished company.”

Rochelle Gadd

Rochelle Gadd

Actress of stage and screen as seen in Hollyoaks, Tracey Beaker and The life and Times of Vivienne Vyle with Jennifer Saunders.

“Y&T is such an exciting school. I am happy to be associated.”

Bunmi Mojekwu

Bunmi Mojekwu

Actress from Eastenders playing the role of ‘Mercy’.  Also stars in Misfits, Apples and Oranges, Second Chance Fallout and Gone Too Far.

“I love Y&T and I believe what you are doing for all the kids is amazing; giving them the opportunity to express themselves and develop their talent and also shaping them into responsible adults.”