Our Youth Leaders


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Rhys Lawton

Rhys was a member of Progress Youth Theatre until attending East 15 Acting School. Since graduating, Rhys has created award-winning theatre (The Inevitable Heartbreak of Gavin Plimsole - Les Enfants Terribles Award 2016), toured the schools of Southern France with theatre designed to teach English and performed as part of one of the last weekly Rep companies in the UK. He’s worked as a puppeteer, technical director, camera operator & video editor. He has guest lectured at Royal Holloway, Southampton Solent & the University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki and was head of the Performance & Production course at Abingdon & Witney College. Over the lockdown, he has been creating online theatre content with 9ft2, working with the critically acclaimed Exit Games on The Inquest, an interactive online show. Since starting with PYT, Rhys has directed Romeo & Juliet and The Oresteia, which he also translated.


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Kate Milam

Kate is a creative facilitator based in Reading and loves being part of the progress theatre community. Having worked with professional theatre companies and youth groups of all ages and abilities, Kate has experience in leading a wide variety of theatre-based sessions and particularly enjoys exploring the relationship between improvisation, devising and scripted work. Training originally with a theatre-in-education company, Kate has a sustained interest in addressing through theatre issues currently affecting young people. Firmly rooted in Kate’s theatre practice is a belief that through the arts, we may find connection with one another, which is more important now than ever.