How Local Theatres Can Help the Next Generation

Join our latest free webinar discussing key issues that affect the arts industry.

When: Monday 22 March, 7pm
Where: Live, on Zoom
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With drama being cut at GCSE-level across the country and now BTEC Performing Arts at threat of being cut from colleges, the panel will explore how local/ regional theatres can help inspire the next generation of creatives, and ensure local communities can access the arts.

This webinar is part of a free monthly series by Creative Youth, called So You Wanna Work in the Arts, discussing key arts industry topics. The series is supported by Arts Council England.

Listen to the past webinars on our Anchor or Youtube pages. Find out more here.

Creative Youth Dancing Sunday

Join us on Sunday 28 February for an exciting afternoon of dancing (from home) and make a transformative difference for young & emerging artists.

The day consists of dance classes, dance-disco with exciting DJs. You’ll also get to meet our team, Creative Talent Programme artists and companies over zoom, in a relaxed and informal way! You’re welcome to join parts or all of the day.

All proceeds from this fundraising event will go towards supporting artists/companies on the Creative Talent Programme. We want to empower them to further their careers, in the form of direct-financial support, mentoring and professional development workshops.

Once you have bought a reward to join us, you’ll hear from our team before the event with joining instructions, we’re really looking forward to dancing with you!

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Collective Warm Up

Choose from three exciting dance classes, led by Jason Piper, Max Percy and one tailored for children under age of 11 led by Carly Allen from Vital Signz Dance.

About the sessions

Dance Swan Lake with Jason Piper

Jason Piper is a former Professional Dancer who played the lead Swan in Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake. He is now an Associate Professor and interim Head of School in the Kingston School of Art. 45 minutes with him and you’ll come away knowing a beautiful and exciting Swan-Lake routine. And no, no previous experience needed, just a willingness to throw yourselves in.

Wake up your Body! with Max Percy

A meditative and exploratory movement practice generated by your imagination. No routine will be taught, instead Max will guide through the session as you  explore the landscape of your body at your own pace. We will be waking up and nurturing the neglected and overworked corners of the body that harbour tension. This is a mixture of a Yoga and Somatic (sensory) dance practice.

In this session will learn how to get in touch with your internal self and cultivate coping skills to intervene when intense emotions, stressors, or trauma surface. Somatic Movement helps you creatively engage with emotional, physical and cognitive processes through dance and movement.

Children’s (Under 12) & Family Dance Class

Brought to you by the extra-ordinary teacher, choreographer and dancer from The Vital Signz Carly Allen, join us for an energetic and fun dance-class, children under 12 are particularly welcomed. Join as a family or you can sit back and let us dance with the kids for 45 minutes.

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Celebrating identity, heritage and the arts

Monday 22 February 2021, 19:00 GMT

Join Creative Youth in this free webinar celebrating identity, heritage and the arts. We’ll explore how the arts and heritage can go hand in hand, how we can explore our cultural identities and the benefits of integrating the two worlds. The panel will be highlighting some of their creative projects and other organisations which incorporate these themes in their work.

Featuring panelists: Vincente Canas, Graeme Baker, Robin Moran from Kingston Heritage Service, Ruth Odewale from our Young Creatives, Kathryn Woodvine from Kingston Council and Molly Freeman from Smoking Apples Theatre

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Vincente Canas
I am a new Heritage Apprentice with Kingston Heritage Service.  I am also part of Kingston Museum Young Person’s Collective, a group of young people in Kingston, who work together on different Heritage projects to do with Kingston.  My interests are History, Geography and Conservation.

Graeme Daniel Baker
Member of the Youth Board for Kingston Upon Thames Museum.
Graduate of University of Kent, with a Bachelor’s Degree in War Studies and a Masters in Modern History.
Have organized and participated in a number of volunteer heritage projects around Kingston, from Sounds of Kingston through the centuries, to walks around historic areas of Kingston.
Is also a public relations officer for several Living History Groups across the UK.


Robin Moran
I work for Kingston Heritage Service at Kingston Council as the Development and Promotions Officer for Kingston Museum and Kingston History Centre. My role is constantly evolving but includes responsibilities such as project management, events programming, partnership development, marketing, and income generation. I am an artist and creative freelancer alongside my regular position previously working with cultural arts charities such as the Southbank Centre and B-side as well as in a spectrum of industries such as travel, fashion, festivals and more.


Ruth Odewale 
Ruth Odewale is 16-year-old BFI alumni. Since the age of three, Ruth has been acting and dancing and even won the British Arts Awards for best acting duet. From the age of ten, Ruth had the privilege to work with performers such as Linda Gray, Verne Troyer, Matthew Kelly, Arlene Philips, Wayne Sleep, Jo Brand, Tim Vine and the dance group Flawless during four years of pantomime at The New Wimbledon Theatre. Which included; Aladdin (2014), Cinderella (2015), Peter Pan (2016) and Dick Whittington (2017).


Kathryn Woodvine
Kathryn has worked in a variety of creative environments in the design, communication and publishing industries and latterly as an arts commissioner within local government. She is committed to supporting the development of a thriving arts and culture sector working with individuals, communities, funders and policy makers to develop creative opportunities with meaningful outcomes for all ages and abilities.

Molly Freeman
 is one of the co-artistic directors of award-winning puppetry and visual theatre company, Smoking Apples. They create innovative shows about complex subject matter and their work often has a research or heritage element to it. Previous examples of this include The Death of King Cholera at Seething Wells in Surbiton and their new show, Kinder, which is about the Czech Kindertransport trains. Molly also has extensive experience as a creative producer/project manager and has worked with Creative Youth to create and deliver a number of heritage projects that bring art and heritage together. This includes Kingston RPM, a music heritage project.


Part of our free monthly programme, So You Wanna Work in the Arts, discussing key arts industry topics. Supported by Arts Council England.

A Post-Brexit Arts World

Monday 18 January 2021, 19:00 GMT

Join our free webinar next Monday 18 January to explore the impacts of Brexit on the arts, co-chaired by Robin Hutchinson & Brett Alderton.

Britain has now left the EU, resulting in a range of potential repercussions for the arts industry and its international network.

Creative Youth’s panel will explore what has changed for the arts, which sectors of the industry may be most affected by the changes and resulting uncertainty, and how we can overcome the challenges to create positive outcomes from Brexit.

Panellists include Creative Youth’s Young Creatives Willow Pitt and Andy Hudeková from Slovakia, along with one of our European partners Gabriela Dumitru, Artistic Director of Theatre Arts Group, Bucharest, Romania.

Part of our free monthly programme, So You Wanna Work in the Arts, discussing key arts industry topics. Supported by Arts Council England.

Young Creatives Announcement

We’re excited to announce the latest recruits for our Young Creatives panel, a platform for emerging young creatives to help take the charity forward in an exciting and crucial time in its development and growth.

The Young Creatives panel forms one of three strands in the Creative Talent Programme which identifies young and emerging artists and companies who have the potential to become excellent creative practitioners and exciting entrepreneurs in the arts sector through providing them with considerable artistic, business and strategic support.

Louise Coles, Chief Executive said:
‘Following a wide national call out, we have finally selected 11 incredible young emerging creatives from different backgrounds who have impressed and inspired us and have the potential to be leading artists in the creative industries. Creative Youth will not only support them in their own careers, but they will help us going forward with their fresh ideas and ensure that young people’s voices are at the heart of our organisation.’

Tom Stocks, Creative Talent Programme Manager said:
“I am looking forward to working with our new Young Creatives over the next few years and as someone who started my journey as a Young Creative for Creative Youth, I can vouch for how incredible this programme is and how it has helped my journey into the sector.  As an actor and artist, along with my role as Programme Manager, I was also commissioned recently by Creative Youth to create a poem focused on the value of the arts in our society. It has been a pleasure to have already engaged and worked with this amazing group of emerging artists in this capacity.”

The poem can be seen here:


The 2020-2021 Young Creatives are:

Andy Hudekova
Andy Hudeková is 23 and a South West based actor, voice actor and illustrator, originally from Slovakia.  Andy has a background in animation and art history and has just graduated from a BA (Hons) Acting course at Falmouth University. Andy is passionate about inclusivity, diversity and body positivity.

Boudicca is a Sussex-based activist, rapper and singer-songwriter who found her voice, following a childhood marked by crisis through the vibrant Hip Hop scene in her hometown Brighton. Known for her incendiary megaphone raps at demonstrations Boudicca released her debut EP The Princess & The P in 2018. Her powerful live performances (vocal and megaphone based) secured her international attention and shows with Kate Tempest, at the Edinburgh Fringe (with Poets & M.C.’s), Democracy Alive (The Netherlands), Youth Strike 4 Climate and Extinction Rebellion.

Emily Susanne Lloyd
Emily is your Yorkshire lass so if ever want a good brew you know who to ask! Emily has been trained by LIPA Sixth Form and Both Feet Actor Training. Currently studying a BA Hons in Acting at Drama Studio London. Emily has created her own Theatre Company  Ey Up Duck focusing on telling unheard stories. Currently working on a verbatim show called Three Little Words. Emily is super excited to be joining the Young Creatives team!

Hannah Raymond-Cox
Hannah Raymond-Cox is a queer Hong-Kong born Jewish poet, actor, and theatre-maker. Highlights of her careers include a Southbank Centre poetry commission, Barbican Young Poets 2019/20, developing interactive immersive theatre games with Parabolic Theatre, and she stars in the Dungeons and Dragons liveplay show Adventurers Wanted: Undergods. Her 5-star solo spoken word theatre show POLARIShas toured the UK and enjoyed a full Edinburgh Fringe run at the Scottish Poetry Library. Her debut poetry book, Amuse Girl, was published last year by Burning Eye Books. Hannah’s work focuses on food, mental health, queerness, and memory.

Kayla Cadence
A singer/songwriter, actor, dancer and model based in London. She has been in love with the arts since childhood and continues to create art through many forms. A young creative ready to take this world by storm and create positive change while doing so.

Mariel Kennedy
Self-published Young Adult writer and book nerd, helping to popularise reading among young people by podcasting interviews with established authors. SLA Pupil Library Assistant of the Year 2020 Award finalist. Currently writing and directing screenplays and scripts aiming for a career in TV, film and theatre, production and development. Youth Engagement volunteer at the Florence Nightingale Museum.

Max Percy
Max is founder of award-winning theatre company Contingency Theatre. He trained at East15 Acting School and received a scholarship to the London School of Classical Russian Ballet. He is a graduate of East London Dance’s creative producers programme, Future Innovators (FI.ELD).

His theatre and film credits include Boy On Canvas (Yellow Earth), Dumbledore is So Gay (Vaults Festival), The Disruptors (Feature Film), My Mind is Free (National Tour/Film), Tainted (Short Film), GEORGE (National Tour), My Dad’s Gap Year (Park Theatre), Safari (Northwall Theatre), Peter Pan (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre).

Noah Silver
A graphic designer, who has recently graduated from Kingston University, and activist, Noah tries to make good work for good people. Originally from London and currently in Berlin, Noah’s work spans the range full range of 3D, 2D, motion design, typography, digital, print and everything in between.

Ruth Odewale
Ruth Odewale is 16 years old. Since the age of three, Ruth has been acting and dancing and even won the British Arts Awards for best acting duet. From the age of ten, Ruth had the privilege to work with performers such as Linda Gray, Verne Troyer, Matthew Kelly, Arlene Philips, Wayne Sleep, Jo Brand, Tim vine and the dance group Flawless during four years of pantomime at The New Wimbledon Theatre. Which included; Aladdin (2014), Cinderella (2015), Peter Pan (2016) and Dick Whittington (2017).

Unique Clarke
Unique is an English with Film Graduate from Kings College London. She’s worked as an assistant script-writer, runner, editor, producer, and curator for film, theatre and anthologies. Previously she has participated in ‘emerging’ arts schemes with the National Theatre and Young Vic. Recently, she has curated a Black History Month exhibition for John Lewis & Partners, the first of its kind in the company’s 150-year history. Her interest lays particularly in producing for theatre, film and TV.

Willow Pitt
Willow is a musician and performer from Reading, now studying music in Brighton. Growing up Willow always loved performing and has been in theatres her whole life. Willow plays the violin among other various instruments and is a singer songwriter in the throes of recording her first album. The arts are so important to young people and Willow can think of nothing better than to be working to make the arts more accessible to anyone and everyone.