The Youth Advisory Board exists to provoke, inspire and create positive change at the Almeida. The board consists of 9 young people between the ages of 18 and 25 who are interested in arts leadership. They meet regularly as a group and are in dialogue with the Almeida Board and the senior management team at the Almeida.
Almeida Youth Advisory Board
Helen is in her 1st year at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama studying a BA in Drama, Applied Theatre and Education, with Applied Theatre being her main area of interest. Since moving to London in September, she has been part of the Almeida’s Young Critics programme, Figures of Speech and Almeida for Free and is currently helping curate for RCSSD Ted x in October 2018.
Dipo Baruwa-Etti is a playwright, poet, and film programmer. His shorts plays include The Sun, the Moon, and the Stars (The Mono Box/Old Vic Workrooms; further developed with the support of The Yard Theatre), A Prince (Little Pieces of Gold/Southwark Playhouse), and Ballad of a Negro (Pennyworth Productions/Arcola Theatre). He is Royal Court alumnus, was shortlisted for Hampstead Theatre’s Next Playwright Programme 2017 and BBC Drama Room 2018, and is currently on the Tamasha Playwrights scheme. As a poet, his work has been published in Amaryllis and showcased as part of End Hunger UK's nationwide touring exhibition between June and October 2018. He is also a Young Programmer at the Barbican and co-curated Chronic Youth Film Festival 2018.
Simeon Blake-Hall is an actor/writer from the West Midlands, now living in London. He's very excited to be a part of the Youth Board.
Liz is a theatre producer with the core aim to champion more women of colour in theatre, on and off stage. She is currently supported by the Stage One Bursary for Commercial Producers and RTYDS' Artistic Director Leadership Programme. As a Freelance producer, she co-produced the UK Premiere of Pete 'n' Keely (Tristan Bates Theatre) and Blown Youth (New Wimbledon Studio Theatre) while also developing new writing, including adaptation of The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold (New Diorama Theatre) and brand new plays currently in development by womxn of colour from across the UK.
Chloe currently works in HR within one of the best providers of supported housing in London. Prior to working in HR Chloe studied Psychology and Drama at University. Chloe's original involvement in theatre started as an actress, however she then became interested in theatre outreach and participation and how theatre can have a positive impact on young people.
Emma is currently a Production Assistant at Playful Productions. She has previously worked for the Society of London Theatre and as the Stage One Trainee Producer at English Touring Theatre. She has also worked independently as a producer with Flute Theatre in London and internationally, creating productions of Shakespeare for audiences that include young people with autism. She graduated from University College London in 2016 with a degree in Philosophy.
Kripa holds a BA (Hons) in English Literature and Drama from Queen Mary University of London. She has worked in Development at the National Theatre for three years. She's passionate about BAME representation in the arts, accessibility, and new work. Before devoting herself full time to the performing arts, she worked for the Embassy of Nepal on the Earthquake relief efforts in 2015. When not at the office, she can be found exploring the arts and culture scene in different cities across the UK and Europe, or engrossed in a book somewhere in London.
Aaron is currently working as Senior Marketing Executive at The Stage, working across all its products and awards. Previously He helped set up The Other Room Theatre in Cardiff, and has worked for a number of arts venues and events including the New Theatre and Welsh Proms.
Sarisha is a graduate of Royal Holloway University where she studied Drama and Theatre Studies. She is the Programme Coordinator - New Talent and Fundraising at Poet in the City, an arts charity that brings poetry to life beyond books. Sarisha manages the Poet in the City Producers scheme for 16-25 year olds and other youth participation and emerging talent including setting up a Youth Advisory Board for the organisation, Primary Schools projects and family programming. She creates fundraising and corporate sponsorship events and supports the artistic programme. Sarisha is passionate about youth voice and increasing access to the arts, she is an Associate Advisor for The RISE Collective, a charity that inspires young people to amplify their voices and determine their own futures through creativity.