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– In Memoriam –
Andrew Harries
1964 – 2022

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Andrew was “a giant of a man, with a giant heart to match”.

Andrew became the Artistic Director of Young Actors Theatre Islington (YATI) in 2004. In that time roughly 6,000 local young people have counted themselves as members and thousands more have attended short-term courses at the drama school under Andrew, many of whom credit him directly for transforming their self-confidence.
Andrew always saw YATI’s raison d’etre as creating a future for children of the surrounding neighbourhood. Such is the strength of community that Andrew built at YATI that many staff are former ‘members’ supporting the next generation of Islington’s children to have a better and brighter future.
Through its successful agency and excellence in teaching under Andrew’s guidance, YATI has also played an important role in the development of industry professionals such as Academy award winner Daniel Kaluuya (Judas and the Black Messiah), Asa Butterfield (Sex Education), Franz Drameh (Legends of Tomorrow) Ella Purnell (Army of the Dead), Obioma Ugoala (Frozen the musical).

Andrew’s guestbook…

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Alison, Bob and Avery Millett wrote on 21/03/2022
Andrew was a true figurehead at YAT - and an inspiration to so many. We feel so much gratitude for finding this special place which Andrew was such a big part of. Andrew was a brilliant director and his creativity and encouragement brought the best out of everyone involved in his productions. Thank you.
Yvonne Morley-Chisholm wrote on 21/03/2022
Andrew, you were one of the very best that I have ever had the privilege of working with and working for. As a director, teacher, collaborator and Artistic Director you worked with huge integrity, parity, imagination, courage and style. YATI has been delivering EXCELLENT training for so many years; the Foundation course remains way ahead of its competitors. You taught acting skills so very, very well. As a person, colleague and friend you were always resourceful, kind, honest, funny, compassionate and loyal. Today some of us were at your funeral; beautiful, poignant and honouring to you. Thank you for championing so much in so many - students and staff alike. Thank you for the indelible memories in my heart. Yvonne Morley-Chisholm
Milo Ghiandai wrote on 20/03/2022
Throughout my time at YATI it always felt like I was part of something greater than simply acting classes I attended every Tuesday. There was always a unique atmosphere. Andrew made YATI feel more like a family through the unending passion and energy he brought into every class, monologue night or show. Being at YATI has shaped who I am today and has changed so many individuals lives for the better and we owe it all to Andrew.
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