A Younger Theatre is an organisation committed to supporting and nurturing emerging creative talent in theatre and the arts. Founded in 2009 as a blog, A Younger Theatre has grown to become a publication, production company and resource for emerging creatives.
At the heart of our work is a platform for those who are often unheard. We champion the emerging generation. We celebrate excellence and pride ourselves on professionalism, while also leaving room for risk, failure and learning.
“On dark winter nights of feeling a bit hopeless about my slow-slow-slow-burning career, A Younger Theatre helped inspire me to carry on” – Reader
As a publication we…
…train emerging journalists and critics to respond to theatre, the output of which can be seen across the main A Younger Theatre publication.
…run the Edinburgh Young Critics’ Scheme pairing emerging writers with professional critics at the Edinburgh Fringe.
As a production company we…
…produce Incoming Festival in partnership with New Diorama Theatre, the festival of best emerging theatre companies.
…support emerging creatives through bursaries, workshops and hands-on production experience.
As a resource we…
…give opportunities to emerging creatives to engage in theatre and the arts through partnerships and events, digital takeovers and socials.
…offer ticket discounts, competitions and engagement with theatre the arts.
A Younger Theatre has worked with the Royal Opera House, Royal Shakespeare Company, English National Opera, The Old Vic Theatre, The Junction, The Globe, IdeasTap and The Guardian to name a few.
We are always open and receptive to working with other organisations that share or believe in our mission. Do go to the contact page to get in touch.
Meet The Team
A Younger Theatre wouldn’t be possible if it wasn’t for the following team members who work on a part time basis to deliver the core work we do.
Jake Orr – Artistic Director and Founder
Jake is a 26 year old obsessive theatre lover. He founded AYT in 2009 after training at Rose Bruford College in European Theatre Arts. Jake develops the artistic side of AYT and co-curates Incoming Festival. Jake is a theatre-maker, freelance producer, marketer and blogger. He lectures at drama schools and regularly gives speeches at conferences.
Laura Stevens – Editor
Laura is Editor of A Younger Theatre, and a multimedia journalist. She has written for regional and national publications including an interlude in the Czech Republic at The Prague Post. Via the beautiful seaside cities of Exeter and Brighton, she is now based in London.
Email: features[at]ayoungertheatre.com / Tweet: @LauraStevens22
Eleanor Turney – Consultant Editor
Eleanor is Consultant Editor of A Younger Theatre, having been Managing Editor for four years. She is now Managing Editor at The Space, a BBC/Arts Council England collaboration exploring digital arts. She is also a freelance writer and editor, currently working for the British Council.
Samuel Simms - Reviews Co-Ordinator
Sam is Reviews Co-ordinator for A Younger Theatre as well as a freelance writer and editor who hails from Hull, though he has been in London for roughly 300 years. He enjoys multi-coloured socks, eating sausage rolls and seeing as much theatre as humanly possible.
E-mail: reviews[at]ayoungertheatre.com / Tweet: @GiveMeToyko
Louise Quarmby – Sub-Editor
Louise is a sub-editor for A Younger Theatre as well as a TV quiz show question writer and researcher. Originally from the small-ish town of Ipswich, Louise has worked extensively in television and began as a sub-editor for Palatinate, Durham University’s student newspaper, before working on The Vibe and Sky’s Electronic Programme Guide. She loves theatre, TV and baking.
Laura Peatman – Sub-Editor
Laura is a sub editor and writer for A Younger Theatre, alongside her day job as Marketing Administrator for a performing arts college. She has finally made her way to London via Ipswich, Cambridge and Ascot, and has even survived a couple of stints at the Edinburgh Fringe. Laura has also written and edited for The Cambridge Student, Varsity, Ed Fringe Review and The Student Journals as well running her own blog, The Play’s The Thing.
Write or Work For Us
All our current jobs are listed in our Jobs Section of the website, this writing opportunities and production roles.