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Young Actors Theatre is a community of 700 people...

YATI Values

Making the world a better place through drama…

Performing Arts.

YATI (Yattie) believes that the arts can benefit everyone, and that money should not be a barrier to participation and training. YATI is supported by like-minded individuals and organisations to keep its classes at the cheapest possible level.

What does YATI do?

YATI offers over 54 hours each week of high-quality but affordable classes in drama, singing and dance. In school holidays we offer a range specialist workshops and also stage full-scale professional productions. We represent young actors from our classes to gain professional work in the international performing arts industry.  We encourage exploration and creativity, nurture talent and help develop careers in the performing arts. We help build confidence and life skills for all our members.


Young Actors Theatre Islington has three elements; a community theatre, a drama school and a professional agency.
We offer drama “for dramas’ sake” for 4-24 year olds with 800+ members. We represent over 200 young actors to work professionally.
Outside Yati

Young Actors Theatre Teachers

Talia Cohen

Talia’s been part of YATI for 15 years. She’s delighted to be part of a theatre that inspired her and continues to do so.

Joey Jarossi

Joey became a member of YATI at the age of 8 and he finds it’s an exciting and diverse place to work.

Mercy Ojelade

Mercy was a member of YATI and has worked professionally for over ten years and has toured internationally.

Eleanor Dillon-Reams

Eleanor trained at East 15 and is a long standing teacher at YATI. Winner of The Stage’s award for Acting Excellence with HellBent Theatre’s sell-out show UKIP THE MUSICAL; now both a writer and performer.

Jonathan Woolfe

Jonathan trained at Drama Centre London, and has worked as an actor since he was 8 years old. He teaches at Shakespeare’s Globe and has worked at the RSC, National Theatre… Shared Experience, Young Vic and many more.

Lanre Malaolu – DANCE

Lanre is an actor who has worked extensively in theatre and television including The RSC, The Globe, and The Royal Court. Television includes: BBC, Channel 4, and ITV.

Steve Brownlie – MOVEMENT

Steve has worked as actor in theatre, film and television across the UK and internationally.

He teaches at a number of the UK’s leading drama schools including RADA, Mountview, Drama Studio London, Arts Ed and LAMDA. Steven specialises in mask, chorus, animal studies and transformation.

Yvonne Morely – VOICE

Yvonne was Head of the Voice Department for the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art which included working with writers and a range of directors. Yvonne is an associate artist with both the RSC and NT.

Andrew Harries

Notable alumni of Andrew’s teaching methods are Asa Butterfield and Ella Purnell, both of whom have successful Hollywood careers starring in films alongside Samuel L. Jackson, Gary Oldman, Harrison Ford, Eva Green and many more.

Lee White

Lee trained at E15, Arts Educational and continues to train and teach internationally in puppetry, clowning, impro and script writing.

Derek Oppong

Derek first trained at Identity, and has enjoyed a career on both stage and screen. Derek leads acting classes, acting for camera and the film making course.

Susannah Gidley

Susannah has over 10 years experience teaching singing in schools, theatre schools, early learning centres and privately. Susannah’s extensive teaching experience includes Stagecoach, Musical Mayhem, Spencer Stage School, Theatretrain.

Gordon Faith

Gordon Faith has been teaching voice and speech since the glory days of the BBC and enjoys his work as much today as he ever has. His extensive background as a professional actor and radio broadcaster makes his experience and skill base rare commodities indeed.

Rob Leonard

Rob Leonard is a Certified Teacher with the British Academy of Stage and Screen Combat. He has taught workshops across the UK, in Germany and the USA. Rob was also resident stage combat tutor at the Italia Conti and currently teaches at RADA.

Asha Cornelia Cluer

Asha trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and has worked for The Royal Court, Bristol Festival of Ideas. She loves clowning, physical theatre, Shakespeare, and sword fighting!

Toto Bruin

Toto has taught at YATI for many years across acting and dance. Originally a member, she is showing the path to the next generation

Zhenya Leverett – STAGE COMBAT

Zhenya is a Certified Teacher with the British Academy of Stage and Screen Combat. She has taught workshops across the UK, in Germany and the USA. Zhenya trained in Drama and Theatre Arts at Ulyanovsk State University, Russia. Zhenya has recently appeared in BBC’s Killing Eve.

Niall Hemingway

Niall trained at The Courtyard Theatre Training Company and graduated with a BA (Hons) in Acting. Theatre credits include MICHAEL in A very Special Guest Star at The Arcola, GLUGG in The Prince at The Arts Theatre Leicester Square, CLAUDE in The Trimark Hotel (workshop), SAMMY SAX in Saucy Jack And The Space Vixens, UNDERSTUDY

Young Actors Theatre Staff

Flora MacFoy

Flora looks after the most important stuff – erm… money!

Claudia Devlin

Special agent | Stealth, backflips and nerves of steel. Serving careers of 16-24 year olds.


The one and only Mr Andrew Harries …

Jamie Lynch

Chief of post-it notes. Enjoys beards, coffee and handstands.

Dyana Daulby

Agent at YAT Management agency

Young Actors Theatre Trustees

Michael Etherton (Chair) is Chief Executive of UK Jewish Film. Over the last 12 years he has been integral in developing the UK International Jewish Film Festival into a cultural event of national significance. He studied orchestral conducting at the Rubin Academy of Music.
Neil Vickers is a City law firm partner who has been in the business for over twenty years, specialising in international equity capital markets and public and private M&A transactions. His clients include UK and overseas companies and financial institutions with a particular focus on the natural resources sector in developing countries.
Nicholas Brown is a Vice President, Fund Administration, at CVC having moved in August 2015 from Sovereign Capital Partners where he worked as a fund accountant. Prior to this he worked for Kreston Reeves across the Accounts, Outsourcing, Audit & Assurance teams. Nick is a qualified Chartered Accountant (ACA) and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW). Nick holds a Degree in Investment and Finance in Property from the University of Reading.
Stephen Colegrave is Co-Director of Byline.com the world’s largest crowd-funded Independent Journalist Platform and Byline Books a publishing imprint for journalists’ books, and co-founder of Byline Festival – the first festival for free speech and independent journalism held in New York and East Sussex. He is co-founder of Spread Innovations (healthcare), and Director of Giraffe – an events and marketing company. He is a Trustee of the Institute of Sport & Exercise Medicine, and UpRising, a youth leadership charity.
Bettina Mazzocchi-Mallarme has 19 years’ experience the investment banking industry, working currently as an Executive at BlackRock. She is a French and Italian national.
Tristan McCarthy is part of the senior leadership team of ARC; a multi-academy education trust. Tristan has over 15 years of experience in estate management and project management delivering complex projects on time and in budget.
Paul Cartwright was a partner of the private equity firm, Rutland Partners LLP until December 2018. Paul joined Rutland in 1988 and has been actively involved in its development through to becoming Managing Partner in 2005. Paul has been a lead member of the team in raising £800m for investment across the three Rutland Funds since 2001. Paul has also led a wide range of turnaround and restructuring investments for Rutland and held many board positions in portfolio companies. Paul still represents Rutland in certain portfolio companies. Prior to joining Rutland, Paul qualified as a chartered accountant with Arthur Andersen working in corporate finance and consultancy. Paul became a Trustee in Sept 2018.

Young Actors Theatre – Notable Alumni


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