About Us

Who Are We?

Central Youth Theatre (CYT) has been Wolverhampton’s leading youth theatre since 1983. Founded by its current director, Jane Ward MBE, thousands of young people have passed through, many of whom have gone on to study drama and are now working professionally in theatre, film and television.

CYT is a registered charity (No 1130961) members, parents, friends and former members play an increasingly vital role in helping to raise funds and support the ambitious work of the group.

The youth theatre currently is based at the Newhampton Arts Centre – where the facilities include an administrative office and shared rehearsal rooms.

In 2016 CYT was named Highly Commended in the UK Youth Awards for Youth Organisation of the year.

Founding Director - Jane Ward MBE

Jane Ward founded Central Youth Theatre in 1983 – and has spent over 34 years helping young people to achieve their ambitions and develop their creative talents. Former members have become actors, theatre producers, drama teachers and have gone on to broadcast journalism and television.

In 2013 Jane was awarded an MBE for 30 years of service to drama in Wolverhampton.

Email: jane@centralyouththeatre.org

Co-Director - Holly Parry

Holly is a former member of the youth theatre, joining aged 13. She went on to study Community and Applied Theatre at Birmingham School of Acting after leaving CYT. After graduating, Holly worked as a freelance director for CYT as well as other West-Midlands theatre companies including The Birmingham Rep, Bigfoot Arts Education and Gazebo T.I.E. She became Assistant Director of CYT in 2015 and in 2017 joined Jane as Co-Director of the organisation.

Email: holly@centralyouththeatre.org

Meet the Team

All of our staff are former members of the youth theatre who have passed through the ranks of CYT from member, to former member, to staff

Zak Douglas – Drama Tutor

Annie Fletcher-Hall – Drama Tutor

Rosie Baggott – Drama Tutor

Learn about Central Youth Theatre's artistic history