OUR PRINCIPAL

Coralyn Canfor-Dumas

Coralyn founded Youngstars Theatre School in 2000, after over twenty years' experience in professional theatre, film, TV and radio as an actress, BBC broadcaster and presenter, and writer.

As important as Coralyn's work and connections in show business is her experience as a teacher. 

She has taught English and Drama in many schools and colleges, and has lectured in Drama and Drama & Communications at universities in the UK and Canada. Former head of Speech and Drama at the Beacon School, Amersham, she is now a trustee of Arts Educational College London and an International Lamda Drama Examiner. She is also a licensed chaperone. 

Coralyn has a rare combination of performance experience, teaching skills and continuing close links to the profession through the Youngstars Agency

All of which means that Coralyn is exceptionally well qualified to cherish and develop each child's individual potential, while maintaining realistic expectations. 


DEPUTY PRINCIPAL

Maria Francis 

Maria has been with Coralyn and Youngstars from the very beginning. After graduating from Arts Educational School, London (ArtsEd) - which offers the UK's premier full-time training in musical theatre - Maria decided to concentrate on teaching. She leads the dance classes at all levels and supports singing training.


Led and guided by Coralyn and Maria, these are some of the super-talented artists who have taught and inspired our Youngstars:

Leo Roberts

 

An exceptional talent, Leo taught singing at Youngstars while a student at ArtsEd. After graduating he went straight into the West End production of LES MISERABLES, both in the ensemble and covering as Javert. His credits also include:

SHREK (UK tour)

SHOWBOAT (UK tour)

WEST SIDE STORY - Riff (BBC PROMS, Royal Albert Hall)

 

 

 

Laura Haddock

 

Laura taught acting to our Youngstars. Well known on TV and in film, her credits include:

INBETWEENERS (Film)

UPSTAIRS DOWNSTAIRS (BBC TV)

LUTHER (BBC TV)

RIPPER STREET (BBC TV) 

 

 

 Amara Okereke 

 

 

A recent graduate of ArtsEd, Amara was immediately cast as the first black Cosette in

LES MISERABLES (West End)
 

 

 

 


 

Lizzii Hills

 

 

Lizzii didn't have to come far to teach singing and dancing at Youngstars - she grew up in Watford - but she's certainly gone places since leaving us! Two of her most notable destinations have been

CHICAGO (West End) and

THE WIZARD OF OZ (West End

 

 


 

Holly Dale Spencer

 

Holly taught singing and dancing at Youngstars. Her non-stop stage work includes:

KISS ME KATE (Chichester Festival)

ANNIE (West End & UK tour)

SWEET CHARITY (Royal Exchange, Manchester)

MATILDA (Soon to start a one-year West End contract)

 


 

Katherine Pearson

 

Katie taught singing and dancing at Youngstars. Her recent credits include:

HIGH SOCIETY (Old Vic)

HAIRSPRAY (UK tour)

42nd STREET (Drury Lane)

DUSTY SPRINGFIELD (UK tour)

 

 

 

 Omari Douglas

 

Omari hit the big time straight from training and has appeared in West End productions of

HAIRSPRAY

HIGH SOCIETY

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR

ANNIE GET YOUR GUN 

FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE

PETER PAN 

Rosie O'Hare 

 

Rosie has appeared in a range of professional musicals including:


MAMA MIA (Cyprus)

HAIRSPRAY (UK Tour)

PETER PAN (QDOS)

SOUND OF MUSIC (Leicester)

 

 


 

Charlotte Kate Warren

 

Charlotte's work in musicals includes

WIZARD OF OZ (Sheffield Crucible)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Verity Power

 

Verity is a recent graduate of ArtsEd, where she starred in a number of stage productions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jake Samson

 

Local boy Jake is a former Youngstar who has come full circle. Through talent, hard work and determination he was accepted at ArtsEd - and is now back with us to teach acting!