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


Sheryl Malcolm – Programmes Manager: Participation


Sophie Ellerby – Step Up Programme Manager
Louise Balhatchet – Technical Programmes Manager
Charlie Risius – Programmes Administrator
Laurel Ashton – Individual & Corporate Fundraiser

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 (Acting Chair) – Commissioner, NHS England
Tom Toomse-Smith (Treasurer) – Accountant, Financial Reporting Council
Danielle Moseley (Secretary) – Professional actress, writer and model
Jamiel Thomas – Software Developer
Grahame Anderson – Barrister
Cllr Stella Jeffrey – Lewisham Councillor for Rushey Green ward

If you are interested in joining our Council of Management, click here.

Our Patrons

Mike Wilson CBE: Mike has worked in the financial services industry since 1963 and founded the St. James’s Place Group with Sir Mark Weinberg in 1991. He was Chief Executive until September 2004 and was Chairman of the company until December 2011, when he resigned from the Board. Mike is a director of the St. James’s Place Foundation and was formerly Chairman of the Mental Health Foundation.

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 past annual reports (PDFs):

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

LYT Annual Report 2009-2010

LYT Annual Report 2008-2009

LYT Annual Report 2007-2008

LYT Annual Report 2006-2007

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