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Welcome to Urban Young Actors

URBAN YOUNG ACTORS was set up because there was such a hunger for a drama group in Leicester designed specifically for 'Real kids with natural ability'. URBAN is a drama workshop for young people between the ages of 8 and 21. Our session plans change weekly and consist of improvisation, script work, drama games, theatre work, filming projects, play writing, showcasing, confidence building but most importantly FUN! We are a specialist drama school and that is our main focus.

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Mahalia - Brit award nominated musician

"It's really interesting now, as a musician, how something like acting and drama skills can correlate with something like music. I am really grateful for my time at urban and really grateful to you Melissa."

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Jurell Carter - 'Nate' in Emmerdale (ITV)

"Melissa is an amazing woman, she is so humble and genuine. She will give you her time, patience, care and love. She's got so much passion, there is not a better person to learn from than her. I gained so much confidence at Urban. It didn't happen overnight but I gradually started to improve and enjoy myself by taking risks and acting silly. Having gained that confidence at UYA, I then succeeded in getting a place at The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts."

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Owen Warner - 'Romeo' in Hollyoaks (Channel 4)

"I came to Urban as a 13 year old energetic and mischievous kid, not knowing anything about acting. Melissa managed to channel all my energy into her classes and fully got me hooked on the world of acting. She helped me find my passion and love for performing and taught me the skills every actor needs. Without Melissa and Urban there is no way I would’ve even been able to make a dent in the industry,"

UYA currently receives no external funding. Please consider donating towards the scholarships we offer for those young people who need them the most. Thank you.