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About Urban Young Actors

We want to inspire young people to be the best that they can be. So often it has been the case that because children may have been unable to attend a local drama group due to expensive class fees or locations they have never realised their talents and full creative potential. We often hear also that children have not felt comfortable/confident in other groups- this does not happen at Urban- we really are like one big family! The positive effects a good drama group can have on a young person are immeasurable. We at Urban Young Actors believe that setting up a safe, secure and creative environment helps children to grow in a positive manner, which can enhance all areas of life. It is a wonderful thing to attend a workshop with likeminded individuals and to feel a sense of personal achievement after every session. We aim to have a diverse mix of children in our group who will be keen to work together and learn from each other.


The group is entry on audition only. The main reason for this is to ensure personal attention and encouragement to each child therefore our numbers are limited. We also want to maintain a high quality of actors to continue our excellent relationships with casting directors. We are looking for 'Real' kids with a natural ability, willingness to learn, and a strong dedication to the group. It is very important children attend their 2 hour session every week to show their commitment to the group.

Kieran - Lead Tutor:

Since graduating from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire’s BA Acting course, Kieran has performed internationally in theatre, film and TV and was a Triforce Monologue Slam Champion in the one minute round in 2016. He has worked extensively as an acting coach, director and practitioner for Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Curve Theatre, Central School of Speech and Drama, ALRA and BBC Radio Leicester, amongst many others. He is also a member of the audition panel for Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and currently teaches on ALRA’s BA (Hons) Acting course at Leicester College.

Kieran is an experienced videographer and director of photography and has worked in collaboration with the BBC, Breakin’ Convention, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Derby Council, Curve Theatre and Echo Factory, amongst many others. He has also produced multiple films for the award-winning theatre company, Strictly Arts, including their critically acclaimed production ‘Freeman’.

Katie - Tutor:

Katie trained as an actor at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. Since graduating in 2013 she’s worked nationally and internationally, primarily on the stage. Her theatre credits include Hypatia in ‘Misalliance’, Ellie Dunn in ‘Heartbreak House’ (Shaw’s Corner), Ilsa in ‘Improbable Fiction’, Mrs Juno in ‘Overruled’ (Pentameters Theatre, Hampstead), Aurora in 'How to Catch a Star’ (Blunderbus Children’s Theatre Company, UK and Singapore tour), Emily Brontë in ‘Brontë’, Lizzie Bennet in 'Pride and Prejudice’ (Tread the Boards Theatre Company), Nor in ‘Kukunor/Kalahari’ (The Arena Theatre), and the title role in Cinderella for Daisy Chain Entertainment Group. This year she performed twice in the Leicester Comedy Festival, in ‘Barn Ultimatum’ by Tom Allsopp and ’The Turville Militant Pacifists’ by Hayley Thornton. Katie also has a range of experience in theatre in education, performing and facilitating workshops with young people from primary school age through to young adult. She has taught at the Leicester College of Performing Arts, leading acting classes for the first, second and third year students, as well as the BTEC course.

As someone who was lucky enough to be able to turn a passion into a career, Katie is keen to help others explore and realise their own creative potential, and is thrilled to be onboard with the Urban Young Actors team.

Shelley - Tutor:

Shelley has worked as an actor since 2002 and has a wealth of experience within the industry, including nearly 10 years working within communities in theatre-in-education, fringe theatre at various festivals including a full Edinburgh Festival run, television, film and many commercials.

Shelley was awarded Best actress at the British horror film awards for her role as Tina in short film ‘The End’ and appeared alongside Kit Harington in BBC action drama ‘Gunpowder’. She has been running Ashrow Talent Management alongside three business partners since 2015 and in addition to acting and agenting, she writes and performs her own work.

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