Allow us to introduce ourselves...

New projects excite us, they don’t scare us. We are constantly thinking up new ideas and developing innovative workshops and sessions using the performing arts.

We are an enthusiastic, creatively diverse team with over 40 years of combined experience in professional theatre and working with young people.

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Geoff Smith

Creative Director
Geoff Smith

    Profile

    Geoff has written and taught drama in education for the past twenty years. He specialises in; Forum Theatre, Process Drama and Mantle of the Expert. He has developed workshops for schools and national organisations such as; NASUWT, ATL, NUT, Manchester University, Virgin Trains and the National Stress Network. He also co-wrote and directed comedian Greg Davies stand-up show.


    Skill

    Creativity
    Imagination
    Voice
    Dance
    Nut tolerance

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    Andrew Williams

    Workshop Specialist
    Andrew Williams

      Profile

      Andrew has been with TYA for over three years and is currently the Workshop Leader of our TYA Saturday Club at the Lyceum in Crewe.  He develops and directs exciting schemes of work, whilst assisting with the delivery of workshops. He also likes to add a little musical inspiration on his guitar.

      Interesting fact: He recently won a memory challenge by using a ‘memory palace.’

       


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      Emily Hunter

      Business Coordinator
      Emily Hunter

        Profile

        Emily is an educational consultant with over 10 years of teaching and training experience . Her expertise ranges from Early Years Foundation Stage to Secondary Education and beyond including the delivery of corporate training. Emily once broke back into her drama school with Pierce Brosnan’s son to help him retrieve his lost passport.


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        Jon Cansdale

        Design Director
        Jon Cansdale

          Profile

          Jon has been a part of TYA Creative for 7 years. He specialises in design, creating props and organic environments. Initially he ran the Heber Saturday Club and now he and Ed work together at our TYA Saturday Club in Malbank School and Sixth Form College. He is also a qualified horticulturist and has helped out in local Youth Centres. You are likely to find him at live music events during festival season.


          Skill

          Craftsmanship
          Writing
          Dress Sense
          Organisation
          Enthusiasm
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          Jess

          Project Administrator
          Jess

            Profile

            Jess started working for TYA Creative in 2012 as our administrator. She has extensive managerial experience and a Diploma in Early Years Education. As well as this she is involved in our Saturday clubs, the Malpas After School Club and supporting Geoff and Ed with outreach. She loves to sing and is a member of the Malpas Ladies Choir.

             


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            Dr Neil Philipson

            P4C Consultant
            Dr Neil Philipson

              Profile

              Neil has been a teacher and consultant/CPD provider for over 16 years. He is also the founder of 21st Century Learners. His work involves creating learning environments focused on enabling a rich dialogue to evolve between participants. He is a Sapere-registered Level 1 Trainer in Philosophy for Children and works with us to explore the use of ‘imagined worlds’ to deepen philosophical dialogue. He finds no shortage of opportunities to practice being philosophical whilst watching Sheffield Wednesday and attempting to civilize his two young children.

               


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              Ed Passmore

              Outreach Coordinator
              Ed Passmore

                Profile

                Ed has been involved with TYA since its inception. After returning from London with an Acting degree from East 15, he has been focusing on leading and writing workshops for both education and business. He specialises in creating imaginary worlds for exploration through drama, and is a not-so-secret space nerd!

                 


                Skill

                Imagination
                Humour
                Agility
                Accents
                Wishes He Had A Spaceship
                Dress sense
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                Tom

                Team Leader
                Tom

                  Profile

                  Tom completed our Team Leader Programme. He has been a member of TYA since 2005 and is now a voluntary Team Leader, gaining work experience. He also runs an after school club at Malpas Alport Primary School. In his spare time he likes to create sculpture and installation artwork.

                   


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                  John Rainer

                  Drama Consultant
                  John Rainer

                    Profile

                    John has a wealth of experience as a secondary drama teacher, advisory teacher, youth theatre director, HE lecturer, training provider and consultant. Ex-Chair and founder member of National Drama.


                    The History of TYA Creative

                    TYA was founded in 2005 by Geoff Smith and Linda Evans. They wanted to set-up a drama group which focused on creating and delivering amazing content. A drama group that was inclusive and focused on building the life skills and creative skills of individuals in a safe and supportive environment.  Since the idea was sown TYA has expanded and developed to work successfully with businesses, the local community and schools across the UK.

                    We are excited to collaborate with Rhinegold Publishing this year in bringing inspiring drama schemes to schools nationwide by publishing our drama texts with them and providing bespoke work to their clientele.