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Founder and staff

The National Youth Arts Trust is a small organisation with two staff members, a team of six freelance drama facilitators, and a strong team of trustees with skills and experience in the arts, charity, legal, media, finance and business sectors.

Administration staff

  • Ruth O’Brien
    Director of Operations
  • Sarah Abdel-Qader
    Administration Assistant

Drama facilitators

  • Amanda Kelleher
  • Barry Evans
  • Dominic McHale
  • James Baldwin
  • Matthew Butchers
  • Matthew Gray

Founder

Fiona Laird is an award-winning theatre director and writer whose work has been seen at many of Britain’s top theatres including The National Theatre, The Old Vic, The Royal Court, the Welsh National Opera, the Sheffield Crucible, the Menier Chocolate Factory, the Nottingham Playhouse and the Royal Festival Hall, as well as in the West End, and in Europe and the USA. She founded the National Youth Arts Trust in 2013 in response to the growing crisis in funding for education in the performing arts.

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