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Our Alumni

Our alumni at National Youth Theatre include some of the world’s most celebrated performers, award-winning backstage talent working at leading events around the globe and cultural leaders at leading venues.

We're also proud of our alumni who work outside of the creative industries in education, politics, law, business, community action, the media and beyond.

If you're an NYT alumni join our Linkedin Group or drop us a line on info@nyt.org.uk to stay in touch.


There is a long list of performers who started at National Youth Theatre and are now performing on the global stage. They include: Helen Mirren, Daniel Craig, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Ed Sheeran, Rosamund Pike, Daniel Day-Lewis, David Oyelowo, Orlando Bloom, Andrea Riseborough, Colin Firth, Vanessa Kirby, Ṣọpẹ́ Dìrísù, Paapa Essiedu, Catherine Tate, Ben Kingsley, Ashley Jensen, Matt Lucas, Hugh Bonneville, David Harewood,, Matt Smith, Adeel Akhtar, Derek Jacobi, Zawe Ashton and many more.


Alumni of our Backstage membership include Fashion and Costume Designer Gareth Pugh, Cath Kidston Creative Director Holly Marler, Technical Director of the London 2012 Olympic Ceremonies Piers Sheppard, leading Production Manager Anna Anderson, former Artistic Director of the Unicorn Theatre Purni Murrell, Multi Olivier Award Winning Lighting Designer Howard Harrison, Multi Olivier Award Winning Set and Costume Designer Rob Howell, former Head of Production at the National Theatre Darren Joyce, head of lighting at the National Theatre Matt Drury and Tony award-winning sound designer Greg Clarke.

Creative leaders who were National Youth Theatre members include: Michael Grandage (former Artistic Director of Donmar Warehouse & Sheffield Theatres) Rob Hastie (Artistic Director Sheffield Theatres), Lynette Linton (Artistic Director Bush Theatre), Gbolahan Obisesan (former Artistic Director Brixton House), Laurie Sansom (Artistic Director Northern Broadsides), Bryony Shanahan (former Artistic Director Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester), Michelle Terry (Artistic Director Globe Theatre), Matthew Warchus (Artistic Director Old Vic Theatre), Ria Parry & John Hogarth (North Wall, Oxford Artistic Directors), Laura Elliot CEO Coventry Belgrade and Steve Byrne (Artistic Director Interplay Theatre Leeds.)