This page will introduce you to our team of drama teachers and professionals.


- The Teaching Staff
- Our Patron

 

Meet The Team

Lynne
Founder & Artistic Director

Juniors, Intermediates, Seniors

Co-founder of EYT alongside Mike Cockburn, Lynne has more than 45 years experience in the world of theatre. She has run three professional theatres back in the UK, trained as a professional actress at drama school, has a BA (Hons) in Theatre from the Univerisity of Warwick, and an MA in Arts Administration and Policy from City University London. She has almost 25 years experience of teaching English theatre in Brussels. Lynne is an Associate of the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (ALAM).
 

David
Teacher

Juniors


Having worked in places as varied as Jim Henson's Creature Workshop (where The Muppets were born), Shepperton Studios and the BBC, David's been all over. He constructed costumes for the 1998 film "Lost In Space", and built puppets for the West End production of Doctor Doolittle in 2002. He has a BA in 3D Design for the Entertainment Industries, a foundation in Ballet and Contemporary Dance, and a teaching certificate with distinction from the London Academy (LTCP).

Steve
Teacher

Seniors

Steve has been teaching for nearly 20 years. After almost 10 years of running his own youth theatre, Steve has returned to EYT to teach the Senior group at Woluwe.
Alongside his long career of teaching, Steve has directed for many of the am-dram groups in Brussels, and has won multiple awards. He has also written several plays, including the 2004 piece "A Slacker's Guide To Western Theatre", which was performed on the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2010. He studied Drama at the University of Aberystwyth, and is an Associate of the London Academy (ALAM).

Jake

Webmaster & Teacher
Juniors, Intermediates, Seniors


Jake is in his 9th year of teaching at EYT, and his 19th year as a member. He teaches the Uccle Seniors and Woluwe Inters during the production and summer terms, and teaches Devising Drama and Mime during LAMDA term. He worked on the 2015 feature films Audax and The Collaborators while studying Film Production at UCLan. He has also worked since 2012 in the Belgian hip-hop scene as a music video director, with over 100 directing credits to his name. Every year, Jake runs and directs the Film Weeks alongside Lynne and Dave. He holds a CertHE in Film Production from UCLan, and a teaching certificate with Distinction from the London Academy (LTCP).

Ben
Teacher

Juniors, Intermediates


Ben grew up in the world of theatre, so even despite his best efforts, he has ended up involved in it!
During his time at EYT as a student, Ben played the role of Leo in "Bassett", which earned him a Best Actor nomination at FEATlets 2012, and Dexter in "Shut Up" in 2013.
He studied Politics at the University of Hull, and has been teaching LAMDA on-and-off for several years, having been through all the exams himself as a student!
Ben is also an avid football enthusiast, having played for Union Saint-Gilloise as a teenager.

 

Glenn
Administrator & Treasurer


Glenn is perhaps the least artistic member of a very theatrical family. Nevertheless, he has directed several plays during his time in Brussels, including Dealer's Choice for the English Comedy Club, Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? for the American Theatre Company, and Gargantua for EYT's FEATS entry in 2012. He has also been known to act every so often, having played Abanazar in the ECC's panto Aladdin, and William Shakespeare/Macbeth in the FEATS-winning Real Lady Macbeth in 2006.
As the former CEO of the British Chamber of Commerce in Belgium, Glenn is in charge of the numbers at EYT.

 

OUR PATRON
SIMON GRIGG

In his 40 year career, Simon has been an actor, a director, a teacher, a lecturer in theatre, and the Rector of London's most theatrical church. He is Lynne's (our founder) oldest friend. They met in 1979 when he and Lynne were studying theatre at the University of Warwick.

Simon has been the Rector of St Paul's Covent Garden (known as the Actors' Church) for over 10 years, and is a prominent member of the West End's theatre community.

The Actors' Church has its own in-house professional theatre company, Iris, who put on productions throughout the year. The church also supports the theatre industry by hosting a huge number of Charity events, including the 'West End Flea Market', 'Sunday at the Musicals' and 'West End Christmas'.

 

Simon has been involved in several of EYT's productions: he stage-managed our 2018 performance of 1066 And All That, as well as several of EYT's pantomimes and musicals over the years. He has also arranged for EYT students to give readings at the annual Royal Theatrical Fund Carol Service in London's West End, as well as advising our students on their choice of drama schools and university courses.

"I am so proud to be the patron of English Youth Theatre. Theatre brings so much joy to people every day. It is a gift for life for all children."
The Revd. Simon Grigg
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