Archive for March, 2022

Louise Coles and Gabriela Dumitru in conversation with Natasha Tripney

Posted on: March 28th, 2022 by cyEditor

“Young people more than ever need the opportunity to connect with Europe and sit on a global stage. I wanted to create a group of like-minded organizations, companies that work towards supporting young people, young, emerging artists, young actors. We’re in the same business, we’ve got the same kind of values. I was keen to get Gabriela over and share her practice with emerging directors.”
– Louise Coles

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Theatre Arts Group are an independent theatre company in Romania that trains and supports emerging artists. They are one of Creative Youth’s four European partners.

State of the Borough Debate: 22 March

Posted on: March 17th, 2022 by cyEditor

Community, Learning and Participation Lead Archie O’Neill represented Creative Youth at the previous ‘State of the Borough’ panel which took place virtually.

Following an introduction from Cllr Andreas Kirsch, the speaker panel included:


Tom Stocks speaks to Arts Professional

Posted on: March 14th, 2022 by cyEditor

Tom Stocks discusses careers in the arts, the opportunities and challenges facing young people today, and what more that can be done to support the new generation of young creatives in Arts Professional this month.

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Responsive to the needs of young people
In July 2020, we launched a series of webinars called So You Wanna Work In The Arts. Taking place every 1-2 months, they were a mix of practical skills-based workshops and freewheeling discussions, featuring experts from across the arts.

More recently, we’ve discussed Asian representation in TV and film, the challenges of international collaboration post-Brexit and the teaching of Black history in school. These discussions have been complemented with practical sessions on how to write a funding application, performing at festivals and being a woman in stand-up comedy in a male-dominated environment.

A full archive can be found on our website. Because the programme is led by young people for young people, we can be responsive to their needs and programme the topics they want to talk and learn about.

The webinars have attracted a wide range of people, some who had previously not been able to access this kind of network and training, whether for financial, access or geographical reasons.

Buoyed by this, we’ve just announced a new series of webinars which will include a session on neurodiversity with Michelle Payne and Tabby Lamb. We’ll be looking at creating in communities, an area of huge interest given ACE’s current direction.

There’s also a skills-based mini-series to coincide with this summer’s FUSE International and, this autumn, a debrief on the state of the arts post-Covid. So You Wanna Work in the Arts has reached many more than I dreamed of and has the potential to reach still more. I hope that in doing so, we’re able to be that lily pad for some of the creative young people out there.

Neurodiversity and accessibility in the arts – upcoming webinar

Posted on: March 9th, 2022 by cyEditor

Join us for a discussion about the barriers experienced by actors, performance artists and creatives who are neurodivergent and how we can all implement change to broaden access.

Register your attendance by or by visiting the following link:

This webinar is part of a free series by Creative Youth, called So You Wanna Work in/Change the Arts, discussing key arts industry topics. Visit our page on Anchor to listen to our full archive of webinar sessions.



Make sure to read below to find out about all our panelists and their work below, also be sure to check out their social media pages or websites to discover more!

Michelle Payne (Chair) [pictured bottom-left]

Michelle is a director and playwright from Essex recently working on artist-led programme Future Forms with the Donmar Warehouse under the guidance of Sacha Wares.

Michelle was a 2019 recipient of the Regional Theatre Young Directors’ Scheme completing a three month residency at the Mercury Theatre Colchester. Here she assisted Ryan McBryde on Cinderella which was nominated for Best Pantomime at the Great British Panto Awards.

In 2020 her immersive, site-specific dance play Squad Goals at Dagenham & Redbridge F.C. received multiple 4 & 5 star reviews and features from theatre and national press before being published by Salamander Street in April 2021.

Michelle is currently developing two new musicals. Enthusiastically, Yes! about sexual consent with singer-songwriter Craig Webb with the support of Harlow Playhouse. A song from the show was performed at The Garrick (West End) on 4th October as part of Adam Lenson Productions & Aria Entertainment’s The Chamber Musical Sessions. And Man Enough co-written with Emy P is currently a finalist for The LET Awards and was workshopped in February 2022 at Theatre Peckham, supported by Arts Council England.

Twitter: @chellesta / Instagram: @chellestaa


Ushiku Crisafulli (Panelist) [pictured bottom-right]

Ushiku Crisafulli is a chef, poet, playwright, actor, performance artist, comedian, musician, writer, spoken word and hip hop artist, and founder of the OpenMind Collective which curates community focused cross-genre creative collaborations through live events with a multi-disciplinary focus.

He runs the various Bards projects throughout the UK on behalf of Local Gems Poetry Press, and is currently honing his writing, directing, music and comedy skills as a recipient of an Arts Council England Developing Your Creative Practice grant.

He’s currently working on his second solo show, Unmasked, which challenges language around autistic authenticity through comedy, hip hop, and theatrical monologues and an accompanying exhibition that uses visual arts and soundscapes to challenge the language around autistic enjoyment and environmentalism in collaboration with Filipino Artist Miel Timtiman and Nigerian artist Akilo Joseph.



Emy Parsons (Panelist) [pictured top-right]

Spoken Word artist, Composer, BBC featured poet and Musician born and raised in Essex. Emy trained at the British Academy of New Music and has worked with Youth Creation (Stars of Britain’s Got Talent) since they first opened their doors in 2006. On a personal mission to raise awareness and de stigmatize the negative viewpoints surrounding ADHD and Mental Health in adults, Emy describes “Man Enough” as her “Dream musical project”.

She is also a proud Ambassador of the “Nutritious Minds” charity, who support and mentor individuals living with ADHD, Autism and much more. Emy.P featured in the list of TOP 50 Neurodivergent Women 2019 and recently won the Undiscovered UK Spoken Word artist award.

All episodes of Emy’s Mental Health/Neurodiversity Podcast “Ain’t Broke Don’t Fix Me” are available now on Spotify and ITunes.

Instagram/Twitter: @emypmate


Tabby Lamb (Panelist) [pictured top-left]

Tabby Lamb is a non-binary writer and performer based in East London. She is equally inspired by Carly Rae Jepson and Tennessee Williams, and strives to tell stories that explore the intersections between popular culture and politics.

Their debut solo show SINCE U BEEN GONE, which Tabby wrote and performed, premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2019, after previewing at the Gate Theatre. The show was spectacularly received by audiences and garnered a glowing 4* write up from the Guardian who called the play “bold, honest and swollen with love”.

They were part of the Soho Theatre Writers Lab and the LGBTQ Arts Review #RaisingOurVoices scheme for queer and trans writers, Oxford Playhouse Playmakers scheme, and Oli Lansley’s Writing for Stage and TV course. She is also an associate artist for Middle Child and Theatre Royal Stratford East.

They are currently under commission at The Unicorn Theatre, The Place and Kilter, Pentabus and 45North. Alongside their passion for writing, Tabby is a facilitator and runs creative arts projects for people from the LGBTQ+ community. They also founded Theatre Queers & can often be seen advocating for Trans Rights across their social media platforms and beyond.



So You Wanna Work in/Change the Arts is a podcast & webinar series produced by Creative Youth Charity. This series is part of CY’s wider Creative Talent Programme which offers artistic, strategic and business support to young emerging artists. Generously supported by Arts Council England.