Who we are


All young people have a powerful voice and a right to be heard.

Lewisham Youth Theatre (LYT) nurtures and inspires young people’s voices through free participatory theatre activities, helping them to develop enduring and transferable skills that lead to increased life chances and long term well-being.

We bring young people together from across the Lewisham community to create outstanding theatre in an environment of high expectations and collaboration. We work from the core belief that artistic excellence is key to expanding young people’s horizons and creating lasting transformation.

In 2015, Lewisham Youth Theatre was awarded a Gold Level London Youth Quality Mark, a quality assurance scheme accredited by City and Guilds.

Find out more: download LYT’s new 2017-2022 Strategic Plan from our Publications Page

Who’s who at LYT

Helen Stanley, Artistic Director
Victoria Shaskan, Executive Director
Amy Lewis, Participation Manager


Louise Balhatchet, Technical Programmes Manager
Charlie Risius, Outreach & Volunteer Coordinator




Ania Straczynska, Programmes Administrator









Our Council of Management members:

We are supported by a passionate and committed Council of Management (Board of Trustees) who provide governance, oversight and guidance on strategic organisational management.


Genine Whitehorne (Chair) – Local Authority Commissioner
Tom Toomse-Smith (Treasurer) – Accountant, Financial Reporting Council
Mairi Hayes (Safeguarding Lead) – Programmes Manager, Central School of Speech & Drama
Danielle Moseley – Professional actress, writer and model
Ed King – Communications Director
Jamiel Thomas – Software Developer
Natalie Beeraje – Solicitor
Stella Jeffrey – former Lewisham Councillor for Rushey Green ward

We are currently recruiting for new trustees to join our Council of Management. Find out more about these voluntary roles here.

Our Patrons

Lucian Msamati: Lucian is an actor in theatre, television and film, a writer, director and producer. He recently played Salieri in the National Theatre’s production of Amadeus. Recent screen credits include Black Earth Rising (BBC), Kiri (Channel 4) and Game of Thrones (HBO). We’re looking forward to seeing him as John Faa in the BBC’s adaptation of Phillip Pullman’s His Dark Materials.

Phaldut Sharma: Phaldut  is an actor and writer, known for Gravity (2013), Children of Men (2006) and EastEnders (1985).

Shirley Greenwood: Shirley is a British actress, known for London’s Burning (1988), All-Star Family Fortunes (2001) and Cash in the Attic (2002).

Our Annual Reports

Click below to download our previous annual reports (PDFs):

LYT Annual Report 2017-2018

LYT Annual Report 2016-2017

LYT Annual Report 2015-2016

LYT Annual Report 2014-2015

LYT Annual Report 2013-2014

LYT Annual Report 2012-2013

LYT Annual Report 2011-2012

LYT Annual Report 2010-2011

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