OUR ALUMNI MEMBERS
Since 1985 we've had many members continue their professional careers into the entertainment industry, just check out a selection of them below!
1998 - 2004
Katie trained at London School of Musical Theatre and her first professional debut was as Chiffon in the award winning production of “Little Shop Of Horrors”, at the Menier Chocolate Factory which transferred to the West End. She then went on to star in “Fat Pig”, as Helen, directed by Neil La Bute also in the West End and has subsequently gone on to perform in several other plays and musicals such as Bridget Baines (A Chorus of Disapproval, UK Tour), Lynne and Sylvia (Stepping Out, UK Tour), Big Sue (Boy George’s TABOO, Brixton Clubhouse), Blow Jo (WAG The Musical, West End). Katie has also been in BBC 1 drama “What Remains”.
Katies’ success continued as she then went on to performed as Shen Shen and 1st cover for Madam Morrible (Wicked, UK Tour), following this she joined the ensemble of Sweeney Todd with English National Opera, How to Succeed in Business at Royal Festival Hall and then Sunset Boulevard with the English National Opera again starring Glenn Close. Most recently Katie recently played Hattie in Opera North’s highly acclaimed production of Kiss Me Kate, workshopped with Fat Friends the part of Val and played a number of roles in Bumblescratch at Adelphi Theatre, London. Katie is currently appearing in Les Miserables at the Queens Theatre on the West End as a member of the ensemble and first cover for Madame Thenardier.
1990 - 1994
Her acting debut was as Krista in television series Dinotopia in 2002 and then appearing in many TV series including A Touch of Frost, Hotel Babylon, Foyle's War and The Fixer. Sian has also appeared in several productions with the Royal Shakespeare Company and numerous theatre productions including Harvest, Dying City, Dido Queen of Carthage, In The Club, The Birthday Party and Absolutely Perhaps.
From August to October 2015, Brooke played Ophelia alongside Benedict Cumberbatch in the Barbican's production of Hamlet.
In 2017, Brooke starred in the fourth season of television crime drama Sherlock as Sherlock Holmes' secret sister Eurus. Michael Hogan writing for The Daily Telegraph in his review of the third episode of the season commented that the role was "a star-making turn from Sian Brooke". Later in the year, she appeared with Sheridan Smith and Gemma Whelan in the BBC miniseries The Moorside based on the Kidnapping of Shannon Matthews.
1997 - 1999
Siobhan had roles with Lichfield Youth Theatre in 42nd Street and Little Shop of Horrors as well as numerous productions with her school and Lichfield Operatic Society. She rose to fame when she performed in the British talent show-themed television series How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria? on BBC One in 2006.
Since then she has performed in the West End, playing the roles of Patty (her West End Debut in 2007) & later returned in 2010 to play Sandy in the musical Grease at the Piccadilly Theatre. In 2008 she was cast in the musical tour of Can't Smile Without You featuring music by Barry Mnilow. In 2009 she took over from Samantha Barks in the UK Tour of Caberet and then in 2010 she appeared as Vivienne Kensington in the musical Legally Blonde at the Savoy Theatre. In 2012 Siobhan took over from Caissie Levy in the lead role of Molly Jensen in Ghost the Musical at the Piccadilly Theatre and following that reprised her role of Sally Bowles in the 2013 UK Tour of Caberet opposite Matt Rawle and Will Young. Siobhan is appeared in the new West End production of Miss Saigon as Ellen and in the West End revival of Sunset Boulevard as Betty opposite Glenn Close - which then lead to her making her Broadway debut in the same role in 2017
2008 - 2010
Matthew is in his final year of training at the London School of Musical Theatre on the Ian Fleming Scholarship, having previously trained at Arts Educational Schools London on the BA (Hons) Musical Theatre Degree
Credits whilst training include: Bobby in ‘Company’, Prince Moritz in ‘Princess Phyllidas Fortnight’, Harry Easter in ‘Street Scene’, Moritz in ‘Spring Awakening’
Professional and notable credits include: Ensemble in ‘Olivier Awards 2016’ (Royal Opera House), Ensemble in ‘A Gala Celebration In Honour Of Kevin Space: Radio 2, Live At The Old Vic’ (The Old Vic), Collins in ‘RENT’ (Curve Theatre, Leicester), Puck in ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ (Big Adventures Theatre Company), Miles in ‘A Turn Of The Screw’ (Robert Ludlum Theatre, Derby), Rocky in ‘Bandemonium!’ (Workshop, David James), Sam in ‘16 and Pregnant: The Musical’ (Workshop, Perfect Pitch Musicals)
2006 - 2009
Rebecca trained as an actor at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama after her time with youth theatre. Her credits include: Ally Hunter in ‘Casualty’ for the BBC, Jane in ‘The Diary of Samuel Pepys’ for BBC Radio 4 and Young Carrie Fisher for an ITV Documentary.
Rebecca will make her West End debut this summer in ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ at The Lyric Theatre. She said without the valuable experience gained during her time with the youth theatre she would never have had the confidence to pursue performing.
2008 - 2010
Sam’s first moment in the spotlight was as a finalist from the original series of BBC1’s THE VOICE, when he was mentored by Sir Tom Jones. Following on from this he played Leigh Bowery in the acclaimed 2012/13 production of Boy George’s musical TABOO and later reprised the role in the concert version on Broadway.
His other theatre credits Fat Blokes (Southbank Centre), Buttons in Cinderella (Lyric Hammersmith), Mr Tumble in The Tale of Mr Tumble (Manchester Opera House), Buttery Brown Monk (Leicester Square Theatre) and Molly Wobbly (Hackney Empire). Sam has also filmed a feature film called Child 44 with Tom Hardy and Gary Oldman and appeared on our screens in The Tale of Mr Tumble (Cbeebies), 8 out of 10 Cats (Channel 4) and This Morning (ITV) .
2007 - 2009
Jonathan joined Lichfield Youth Theatre in 2007 as a dancer in Fame. He performed as Thenardier (Les Miserables, 2008); Scarecrow (The Wizard of Oz, 2008) and an Apostle (Jesus Christ Superstar, 2009). After a 2-year voluntary service mission in Chile, Jonathan returned to the UK and, while ushering at the Garrick, produced and directed Pasek & Paul’s Edges in the Garrick Studio.
Jonathan completed a degree in Business Management at the University of Birmingham and began his professional theatre career, first training as a Fundraiser with the Royal Shakespeare Company, before moving to London and his current role as a Development Manager at Hampstead Theatre. Jonathan still aspires to be a Producer, or run the National Theatre.
2006 - 2010
Dan trained at London School of Musical Theatre and graduated in 2011. Since then he was lucky enough to work in some off-west end musicals and panto before stumbling upon Yoga and flying to India to become a full time yoga teacher for the past 4 years in London.
He is extremely grateful for his experience with the Lichfield Youth Theatre. Dan can’t thank the youth theatre enough for the support and community that allowed creativity and self discovery to thrive and help him come into his own both as a performer and as a person.
2010 - 2013
Jon is about to complete his final year at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance on the BA (Hons) Musical Theatre Degree Credits whilst in training include: Ugly (Honk), Cinderella’s Prince (Into the Woods), Constable Farrow (Animus)
Less than 2 years ago Jon started a YouTube Channel with his partner Dan aptly named ‘DanandJon’ and together they have grown an audience of nearly 50,000 subscribers. He now works as a social media influencer with over 35,000 instagram followers alongside completing his degree.
Jon played some fantastic roles whilst a member of LMYT including Marius (Les Miserables) Dr. Grimwig (Oliver), Mr Mushnik (Little Shop of Horrors) and Nick Piazza (Fame).
1997 - 1999
Maria is currently performing in Vincent Paterson's production of Cabaret das Musical in Berlin until the end of the summer. In the UK she regularly performs with Vintage Girl Act, My Favourite Things. Maria also teaches dance and performing arts for many dance schools and companies within London.
Training; MA Musical Theatre, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and BA (Hons) Theatre Dance, London Studio Centre.
Previous credits include;
Theatre: Mausi, Lulu and Helga, Cabaret das Musical (Deutches Theater Munich, Staatsoper Hannover, Bar Jeder Vernuft & Tipi Berlin); Ensemble/Understudy Jane, Salad Days (Riverside Studios); Jenny, Company (Edinburgh Fringe); Botox Active Virgin (Edinburgh Fringe); Dancer, Le Grande Cirque (UK Tour); Dance Captain, Aladdin (Lichfield Garrick)
Radioplay: Nurse, Die Unmoglichen
Cast Recording: Ensemble, Salad Days, Tête-à-Tête; Ensemble, A Christmas Carol, London Contemporary Theatre
Cabaret: Love and Facebook (Battersea Barge); The Riverside Revue (Battersea Barge); Candid Cabaret (Oran Mor)
Corporate: Vocalist, My Favourite Things. Dancer, E-Motion Dance Company
1990 - 1995
Nicola trained at the Birmingham School of Speech & Drama, gaining a BA (Hons) degree in Acting and Musical Theatre.
Theatre credits include: Kit Kat Girl in Cabaret (MAC, Belfast), Heather in Our House (New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich), Jemima The Giants Wife in Jack & The Beanstalk (New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich), Dreamboats & Petticoats (Playhouse Theatre, West End), Beauty in Beauty & The Beast (Coventry Belgrade Theatre), Rita u/s Rosa & Mary in David Essex's All The Fun Of The Fair (UK Tour 2008/2009), Lambchops and understudying and playing the roles of Serena, Mabel and Miss Bell in Fame (Edinburgh Playhouse and UK Tour), Lambchops in the arena production of Fame (Pattichoun Amphitheatre, Cyprus), Venetian Masquerade (Millenium Point, Birmingham), Swing and understudy to Pam in The Full Monty (UK Tour), Return To The Forbidden Planet (Theatre Royal, Lincoln), Fairy Nuff Dick Whittington (New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich), West End Girls (Jersey Opera House) and KOBA – Man of Steel originating the role of Nadezdha (Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham).
TV Credits: Crimewatch Reconstruction (BBC).
For more information about Nicola, please visit: www.access-uk.com, www.nicolabryan.com, Twitter @TheNicolaBryan
1988 - 1993
Sarah joined Lichfield Youth Theatre In the late 80's. Her first show was THE GANG SHOW followed by BANANA BOYS and then many, many more productions. Her favourite role was as Sarah Brown in GUYS AND DOLLS directed by the late Pat Gibson. Sarah left LYT and performed with Lichfield Operatics Society before heading of to London in 1995 to study at Italia Conti Academy.
3 months after graduating, Sarah landed the leading role of Miranda in RETURN TO THE FORBIDDEN PLANET (UK Tour and Savoy Theatre, West End). Other theatre work includes Frenchy in GREASE (Jersey Opera House), THE ONE (ITV) and numerous pantomimes and modelling assignments.
Sarah set up ACCESS ARTISTE MANAGEMENT LTD in 1999 as a trial business. Now run from her Covent Garden office, it is now considered as one of the top Musical Theatre Agencies representing over 100 artistes working across all sectors of the industry. She lives in Buckhurst Hill, Essex with her fiancé, little boy Elijah and dog named Elvis. Sarah is eternally grateful to LYT for introducing her to this crazy business. Links: www.access-uk.com @AccessLtd @SarahlBryan
1990 - 1997
Adrian is an award winning writer and performer. Beginning as a stand up in 1999 while still at University, Adrian began to make himself known on the stand up circuit of Britain becoming a finalist in The Daily Telegraph Open Mic Award, The Jongleurs Best New Act Award and The Hackney Empire Award all in his first year of performing. His first ever short film script, won The Fuji Film New Writers Award and also began writing for several TV companies including Cbeebies, CBBC and The Disney Channel.
In 2010 Adrian supported television favourite, Milton Jones on his national tour. Adrian created sitcom White Van Man with ITV studios. The show was bought by BBC Three where it ran for two series to huge critical acclaim. It still holds the record for as the highest rated launch for a sitcom on the channel ever. Now a hugely in demand TV writer Adrian went on to write episodes off Sky One’s sitcom ‘Trollied” and many other TV shows. In 2012 Adrian moved to Los Angeles, California to oversee an American Remake of his sitcom White Van Man (now called Family Tools). It ran for one season on America’s ABC Network with Adrian producing and writing. Still in Los Angeles he now has several other projects being developed, including two new TV shows and a movie. Not bad for a boy from the Midlands.
2008 - 2012
Toby-Alexander originally from Lichfield began his journey in Musical Theatre at King Edward VI School and then joined Lichfield Garrick Youth Theatre where he played several lead roles in productions ofWizard of Oz, Jesus Christ Superstar and Rent.
Toby then trained at the Arts Educational Schools of London. Whilst training Toby played Prince in Snow White and the seven dwarves (UK Productions) at Tunbridge wells Assembly Halls, Bobby in Company, Lord Tolloller in Gilbert and Sullivan's Iolanthe, Bob Alcorn in Bonnie and Clyde and Robbie in Soho Cinders where he worked very closely with Styles and Drewe. He performed on stage alongside Kerry Ellis and Brian May in a concert at the London Palladium as well as singing at the Olivier Awards in 2013 where sung on stage with Matthew Morrison and Michael Ball and then again in 2014 where he sung with Benny and Bjorn and the cast of Mamma Mia with was shown on ITV. Toby left The Arts Educational School earlier this year after he succeeded in auditioning for the Re-Cast of Mamma Mia where he is currently performing in the West End and understudying one of the lead roles, Sky.
1999 - 2003
Alex was a member of Lichfield Youth Theatre from 1999 to 2003. His favourite parts were Young Mariner in Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Dracula in Dracula Spectacular, and Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors. He attended Scotch Orchard and Nether Stowe School and performed with Shakespeare in the Park, Intimate Theatre, Class Act, at LRAP, FUSE, and with the Staffordshire Youth Brass Band and Wind Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall and internationally. Alex also played with local bands Maritza and AFD Shift.
Alex trained as an actor at Guildford School of Acting where he won the Postgraduate Acting Prize, following a degree at Aberystwyth University.
He has been performing professionally since 2009. His career highlights include Crazy For You (London Palladium), Christmas Carol (Lichfield Garrick), The Science of Attraction (Channel 4), the London Sci-Fi Film Festival, If I Were You (Bill Kenwright), Wind in the Willows (Cambridge Touring Theatre), Buddy: the Buddy Holly Story (Ovation Productions), Gangster in Kiss Me Kate and Bottom in A Midsummer Nights Dream (GSA), and Leontes in A Winter's Tale (Aberystwyth University). He has most recently appeared in Company, I Love You You're Perfect Now Change and can be seen in The Full Monty later in 2018
2009 - 2011
Louie was a member of LGYT from 2009-2011 and appeared in Rent, West Side Story, as 'Willard' in Footloose and as 'Mr Bumble' in Oliver. Louie has recently appeared as Uriel in the UK Premiere of Arthur Millers only musical Up From Paradise at The New Wimbledon Theatre.
Louie trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, graduating with a BA (Hons) in Musical Theatre. Credits whilst training include 'Roger DeBris' in The Producers, 'Captain Walker' in The Who's Tommy, 'Brunhilde' in new musical Yusupov, as well as featured roles in The Beggars Opera, Enron, A Midsummer Nights Dream, Out There (a new musical by James Bourne and Elliot Davis), Half a Sixpence and City of Angels.
2009 - 2011
Rosanna attended Bojangles Dance from the age of three and participated in shows with the Lichfield Garrick Youth Theatre including Rent and West Side Story. She gained a place at The London Studio Centre to study Dance and Musical Theatre, graduating in 2013 with both a Diploma and BA (Hons) in Theatre Dance.
During her training she performed in many shows and theatres including Dance overture at The New Wimbledon Theatre, Showcase at the Criterion Theatre Piccadilly in London's West End and Parade at the Pleasance Theatre, where she played the part of Monteen. She was also a Tap dancer on the BBCs One Show choreographed by Arlene Phillips.