Our mission is to Engage, Enthuse, Educate, Enrich and Empower young people to pursue life with passion and purpose.
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.
At Young and Talented our programme uses these three disciplines of acting, singing and dancing to give students ‘Triple Talent’ training – coaching them to become well-rounded individuals on Stage, on Screen and in real Life.
Who We Are
Y&T are winners of BBC TV’s Sport Relief Does Glee Club 2012. BBC Performing Arts Fund 2014. Jack Petchey Crystal Award 2015, UK Recognition Award 2016. Showing that not only do our young people learn how to perform, they also learn how to succeed in life.
Suzann McLean Robinson DIP, MA, PP
Founder & Director
Suzann trained at the prestigious Italia Conti Academy and has an MA in Professional Practice (directing and producing theatre for Social Change). In 2018 Suzann became the Artistic Director of Theatre Peckham. As an actress her credits include Good Omens, Dr. Who, Casualty, Bafta nominated Little Miss Jocelyn, Eastenders, The Honourable Woman and the BUPA for living commercial. In 2012 Suzann was selected as to carry the Olympic Flame in the Torch Relay in recognition for her work within the community.
Roy Alexander Weise
Roy trained at Rose Bruford, he was the 19th annual winner of the James Menzies-Kitchin Award and directed his critically acclaimed, sell out production of The Mountaintop by Katori Hall at the Young Vic. In 2019 Roy became the joint Artistic Director of Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre. Theatre directing credits include: Nine Night (National Theatre & West End), The Trick (Bush Theatre and UK Tour); Dead Don’t Floss (National Theatre); Br’er Cotton (Theatre 503);
Creative Director, Oxford House Branch
Catherine Palmer trained at the Brit School and has an MA from Queen Mary’s University. She is an artist, researcher and practitioner in participatory arts. She runs Y&T Rep Company and has directed performances at Soho Theatre, The Broadway Theatre, Barking, Limehouse Townhall and Rich Mix.
Creative Director, Broadway Theatre Branch
Darnell Shakespeare is a facilitator, director and theatre maker. He is a International Theatre graduate from the University of East London & Columbia College Chicago. He is currently Young People’s producer at Theatre Royal Stratford East, Creative Learning Manager at Theatre Peckham as well being involved with many other projects that support & nurture young peoples journeys into the creative industries.
Jordan has worked for a range of recording artists and directors including including Will (Chase&Status), Luke smith (George Michael). He won a scholarship to train at the prestigious Berkley School of Music in USA. Jordan currently writes and composes music for TV and radio, he has also played at numerous venues throughout London as a singer and a musician and also teaches music at Beulah junior school and Croydon Music & Arts.
Company Development Coordinator
Andreea has an MA in Performing Art and Film. Performance credits include Chiriatiţa in “Titanic Vals”, Alina in “Spari mentali, la coca, il gangster e lo scrittore”. At Y&T Andreea works to build 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
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.”
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.”
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.”