About Young Changemakers
In November of 2019, The Queen’s Theatre put out a call for passionate young people aged 18-25 to take part in our Young Changemakers programme. This programme is designed to make sure that young people’s views inform the way the organisation is run – from advising on communications, fundraising and strategy, to acting as ambassadors at events. We successfully recruited five extremely passionate and talented young people from a wide range of backgrounds, including university students, drama school students and young professionals.
The Young Changemakers will play a vital role in ensuring the Theatre’s commitment to engaging young people and creating future generations of young theatre-goers. They will be a representative for young people and act as an advocate for the Theatre in their own communities. The group will meet twice monthly, working towards a large project each quarter.
The first meeting took place on Tuesday 7 January, with the group organising a workshop day for Under 26s for the Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch’s production, Macbeth, directed by the Theatre’s Artistic Director Douglas Rintoul. This Under 26s event took place on Saturday 22 February. The Young Changemakers managed the social media marketing campaign around it, organised attendance from the director and facilitated the workshop.
The next Young Changemakers project will involve the creation of a Community Playtext Library in the Theatre’s foyer.
If you are aged between 18 and 25 and would like to be involved in the Young Changemakers programme, or would like to know more about the work they do, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Marius is an actor from Southend who is passionate about young people experiencing theatre. He has experience in teaching Shakespeare to young children in primary schools in the borough of Havering, helping them understand Shakespeare’s language and getting them on their feet and performing. He can’t wait to learn what happens day-to-day in Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch and looks forward to helping increase young people’s attendance at the theatre.
Ashleeka is currently working at the Financial Times as a Business Development Intern. Her role involves her helping to organise and plan events that will help the financial times gain revenue as well as attract a younger audience. However, Ashleeka’s passion truly lies within the world of theatre and helping to bring in young BAME individuals into the arts
George is an actor and teacher living in Essex. In 2018 he graduated with an MA in Acting for Screen and the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama helped fund his company shootsmartphone. George is passionate about theatre being accessible for young people and is excited to be a part of the Young Changemakers scheme.
Heather is an actor from Lincolnshire livinig and working in Essex and is very excited to be a part of the Young Changemakers programme at Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch. Heather has taughter acting to children throughout the UK/Europe, and is passionate about getting young people interested in theatre and/or helping them find their confidence through drama and play. She hopes to be able to gain more knowledge about how the theatre is run and discover how to make it more accessible for young people.
Hannah is an actress. Most recently she has become a National Youth Theatre member after doing their Epic Stages course last summer and in January 2020 appear in The Scene, a festival of new writing at the Chiswick Playhouse with GetOverIt productions. She also writes spoken word and will perform two of her pieces as part of The Vaults Festival 2020. Having grown up in Romford and having all her early engagement with the arts being in Essex, she is passionate about being part of the Young Changemakers as ‘sometimes you can be made to feel like all art has to be created in London and while it’s great, there is so much going on outside of that bubble. The Queen’s Theatre is a great space and important to make young people in Essex feel like the arts are accessible to them’.
I joined Young Changemakers in December and did not know what to expect. I was nervous but excited to see what awaited me through the Queen’s doors. The first meeting was nerve-wracking as I was pushing myself out of my comfort zone and meeting new people. I sat down and was warmly introduced to my fellow Young Changemakers. As we began talking about ourselves and why we wanted to join the project, I started to feel more at ease and loosen up. After half an hour or so it’d felt like I’d known these people for ages. We continued to talk and share our opinions of why the youth of today are not going to the theatre and then what are we going to do about it. With the help from our mentors, we came to the decision to create an UpClose event for 18-25 year olds. This event would consist of a workshop, pizza and show, all for £8. After a few more meetings we agreed to hold a Q&A session with the director of the show and a stage combat workshop. Leading up to the event, we began marketing it on social media to get the word out. On the day of the event 7 people attended and it went very well from start to finish. The young people were engaged and committed and I felt a sense of achievement. The Young Changemakers has made me more aware that things need to be done to engage young people into coming to the theatre. It is so nice to work and collaborate with likeminded people that want to make a change for the future. Young Changemakers has given me a sense of belonging after losing my creative input during university.