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Barnsley Youth Theatre Staff

All the staff involved in the Youth Theatre are either experienced teachers or are ex-members of BYT who have been with the Youth Theatre for many years previously. Between them they have worked on something like 200 different productions! They all love the theatre and they all love working with children (most of the time!) They are keen to share their knowledge and help others to experience the magic of being on the stage! All staff are CRB checked.

Chris RookeChris Rooke founded BYT but is now retired, but helps out with productions.

Chris has now retired from teaching and is restoring houses for a living! Unfortunately, however, this means he is away for some of the time and can't always attend BYT. As a result Lindsey assisted by Natalie, Katie and Lauren now run BYT with Chris helping out during performances.

He’s very happy that the Youth Theatre has developed such a good reputation for the quality of its productions and is really excited at all the changes taking place, in particular the move to Carlton school, and the talent of the students, which just gets better and better!

Claim to Fame: Chris once shared a house with none other than funny man Rowan Atkinson!

Lindsey O'CallaghanLindsey is the Director of BYT with particular focus on the Children's Theatre. She is a freelance Artiste who teaches drama in schools and community settings in and around South Yorkshire.

Lindsey started performing at the age of 4 and has been hooked on performing ever since. She has appeared many times at The Lamproom Theatre and Doncaster Little Theatre. On leaving school she went to Barnsley College to follow a BTEC course in Performing Arts and then onto a BA (Hons) Degree in Performing Arts.

Lindsey became a volunteer with the Youth Theatre having worked with the group as part of the Worsbrough Mystyery Plays. She is now our much loved and respected Director and has directed many of our successful productions over the years.

Natalie PizzeyNatalie is our wonderful and multi-talented choreographer and Assistant Director with a focus on the children's theatre who together with Lindsey, works tirelessly with the group creating wonderful performances.

Before becoming a member of staff she was a leading light in BYT taking the lead role in several productions.

She is always positive and professional and encourages members to produce excellent work.

She is very popular with everyone at BYT and is a great role model for them.

Tom O'HaraTom started Youth Theatre in 2005 at the age of 12 and after many successful years performing with the group he became a member of staff at the tender age of 17.

Tom has now left BYT for the time being as he has enrolled on a course at Barnsley College which clashes with BYT (Drat them!) We wish him every success in his studies and hope that he is able (and willing!) to return to the fold when his course is completed. (Fingers crossed!)


Katie Elliott

Katie is also an ex member of BYT herself and having gained a degree in Drama herself from Nottingham.

She is now a Primary School teacher (Great job!) but still attends rehearsals and helps when she can, especially during performances.

We wish her every success ih her chosen career - we know she'll make a wonderful teacher!


Lauren Mason

Lauren is another of our former members who has now become a member of staff. She is a very talented performer herself and helps members to improve her own skills, especially with their singing.

She supports Lindsey along with Natalie and is a dedicated and professional member of the team.

Lauren has just won an exchange theatre placement through Barnsley College - in America!! She'll be off to Wisconsin for 6 months next year to learn all about Drama over there - Soooooo exciting! and we're all soooooooo jealous! have a great time, Lauren!


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