We are so excited to introduce BYMTalks, our very first free access webinar series exploring the secrets of the theatre industry.
Every week, we will be joined by special guests with extensive experience in the industry to give you some exclusive insights into the theatre world. Check the dates and topics below! Places are limited, so register NOW!
BYMTalks #15 | Sat 4 July - 12pm
GETTINT INTO COMEDY
With Writer and Performer Rosie Dempsey (Flo & Joan)
Join our conversation with Writer and Performer Rosie Dempsey (Flo & Joan) as she talks about getting into Comedy!
Rosie is a writer and performer and one half of the multi-award winning musical comedy duo Flo & Joan. Credits with Flo & Joan include The Royal Variety Performance, BBC’s Live at the Apollo, Rob Delaney’s Stand Up Central, Horrible Histories, The Now Show (BBC Radio 4), Mark Watson Talks a Bit About Life (BBC Radio 4) and a number of viral songs online. Flo & Joan have performed all over the world and their hour-long live special is currently streaming in over 200 countries on Amazon Prime.
BYMTalks #14 | Sat 27 June - 12pm
JOURNEY TO THE INDUSTRY
With West End Performer Kayleigh McKnight
Join our conversation with our amazing alumna and West End Performer Kayleigh McKnight.
For BYMT, Kayleigh was in No Stone Unturned (Edinburgh 2006), Frankenstein (Plymouth and London 2007 and 2008) and The Dummy Tree (London 2010).
Kayleigh most recently performed as a vocalist on Hugh Jackman's World Tour, where they travelled to Paris, Dublin, Sydney, New York City, and Hollywood to name just a few stops. She has amassed a number of impressive West End / off-West End credits including Harrier/Cover Jules in Bend it Like Beckham (Phoenix Theatre), Factory Girl in Les Miserables (Queen's Theatre), Soul Girl and Understudy Mary in Jesus Christ Superstar (Regent's Park Open Air Theatre), and Understudy Rhonda in Tina (Aldwych Theatre).
BYMTalks #13 | Sat 20 June - 12pm
MUSICAL DIRECTOR: INDUSTRY INSIGHTS
With Musical Director Tarek Merchant
Join our conversation with Musical Director Tarek Merchant.
Tarek was show MD on the multi-Olivier-Award nominated West End revival of Sunset Boulevard and has subsequently worked as a composer and MD throughout the UK, Europe and North America. His MD credits include Chess the Musical for its residency at the Princess of Wales Theatre, Toronto, the No 1 UK tour of Fiddler on the Roof starring Paul Michael Glaser and directed by Craig Revel-Horwood, musical projects with the National Theatre, the West End revival of Girl From the North Country.He has taught at a range of drama schools including RADA, Arts Ed, Rose Bruford, Guildhall and GSA. Tarek holds a DipABRSM on piano and also plays flute, violin and accordion. For BYMT Tarek composed Salsa Sisters and Ali and Nino as well as orchestrating and musical directing Gulliver's Travels.
BYMTalks #12 | Sat 13 June - 12pm
PERFORMANCE TIPS - KEEPING IT FRESH!
With West End Performer Phoebe Fildes
Join our conversation with our brilliant alumna and West End Performer Phoebe Fildes.
Phoebe made her West End debut in Once: The Musical at the Phoenix Theatre, for which she was nominated for Best Featured Actress in a West End Musical at the BroadwayWorld Awards. Her other credits include: Emma Goldman in Assassins (The Watermill Theatre / Nottingham Playhouse); The Dreamers (Abbey Road Studios); Mollie Ralston in The Mousetrap (St Martin's Theatre); Lady Stutfield in A Woman of No Importance (Vaudeville Theatre); Cover Wendy/Jane in Peter Pan (National Theatre); The World Goes Round (Stephen Joseph Theatre); Ophelia, Gertrude & Horatio in Hamlet (Globe Theatre's World Tour); Soloist in A Little Less Ordinary (Apollo Theatre). At BYMT Phoebe was in Red Hunter (2007) and Mort (2009).
BYMTalks #11 | Sat 6 June - 12pm
FROM MUSICAL THEATRE TO OPERA
With Soprano Opera Singer Elizabeth Karani
Join our conversation with our brilliant alumna and Soprano Opera Singer who performs globally Elizabeth Karani. At BYMT Elizabeth was in Frankenstein (2006 and 2007).
Elizabeth recently made her Royal Opera debut as Nanna / Embla in The Monstrous Child, as well as her English National Opera and Regent's Park Open Air Theatre debut as Gretel in Hansel and Gretel. Her other opera appearances include: Tatyana (Eugene Onegin) for Mid Wales Opera, Rosalinde (Die Fledermaus) for Diva Opera, Jano (Jenufa) for Longborough Festival Opera, Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi) for Festival Azuriales, Helena (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) at Aldeburgh, Tartagliona (The Little Green Swallow) for British Youth Opera, Isabella (L'Inganno Felice) at West Green House Opera.
BYMTalks #10 | Sat 30 May - 12pm
INDUSTRY INSIGHTS FOR YOUNG PERFORMERS
With West End performer Luke Bayer
Join our conversation with our fantastic alumnus and West End performer Luke Bayer.
Luke took part in BYMT projects in 2011-2012 and now his credits include India in Yank! The Musical (European Premiere at Hope Mill Theatre), The 12 Tenors (China Tour), Les Misérables 20th Anniversary (Queen’s Theatre) and Alternate Jamie in West End musical Everybody's Talking About Jamie for which he was awarded Best Performance By An Understudy/Alternate in Any Play or Musical at the 2018 BroadwayWorld UK Awards. At BYMT Luke was in Out There (2011 and 2012)
BYMTalks #9 | Sat 23 May - 12pm
WRITING TIPS: FINDING YOUR VOICE
With bestselling author, leadership consultant, peacebuilder, broadcaster Tony Macaulay
Join our conversation with bestselling author Tony Macaulay who will share some essential tips for young writers.
Tony is a celebrated writer, leadership consultant, peacebuilder, broadcaster and suicide prevention advocate from Northern Ireland. Tony has written three ‘coming of age’ memoirs a, Paperboy (2011), Breadboy (2013) and All Growed Up (2014). His fourth memoir ‘Little House on the Peace Line’ (2017) tells the story of how he lived and worked on the peace line in North Belfast in the 1980s.
In 2012 the W.B. Yeats Society of New York invited Tony to present a reading of Paperboy in the National Arts Club as part of the 1st Irish Festival. He is now a regular speaker on Northern Ireland, peace building and creative writing at universities and colleges in the USA.
BYMTalks #8 | Sat 16 May - 12pm
HOW TO GET AN AGENT AND PRODUCING MUSICAL THEATRE
With Producer, Composer and Agent Jimmy Jewell
Join our conversation with Producer, Composer and Agent Jimmy Jewell.
In 2005 Jimmy founded artist management company JWL following a prolific career as a musical director, working on shows such as Evita, The Prince & The Pauper, All You Need Is Love!, Strike Up The Band, Mamma Mia, Jesus Christ Superstar and Bugsy Malone. Jimmy toured worldwide for five years with members of The Who, Spandau Ballet, YES, Free, Bad Company, Procol Harum, The Alan Parsons Project, Peter Frampton, Alice Cooper, Billy Preston, Paul Young, Darlene Love, the Harlem Boys Choir and The British Rock Symphony. As a composer Jimmy has had his music recorded by The London Symphony Orchestra in Abbey Road, sung by choirs across Europe and The Americas.
As a producer Jimmy has presented three seasons at the Edinburgh Festival, the world tour of Dietrich: Natural Duty, Britten in Brooklyn at Wiltons Music Hall, Lunch & The Bow of Ulysses at Trafalgar Studios, and was associate producer on Memphis The Musical at the Shaftesbury Theatre and The Mentalists at The Wyndhams. Jimmy’s production company also provides management services to the global screen industry as well as creating and working on worldwide YouTuber products.
BYMTalks #7 | Sat 9 May - 12pm
CHOREOGRAPHY & MOVEMENT: TIPS FOR TRAINING IN DANCE
With Choreographers Rachel Birch-Lawson and Khyle Eccles
Our two brilliant choreographers Rachel Birch-Lawson and Khyle Eccles will be joining us on Sat 9 May to give us some essential tips for training in dance! Don't miss out.
Rachel’s work has been performed across the UK, Europe and Africa. She is currently a Teaching Fellow in Dance and Movement at Guildford School of Acting, and lectures and supervises on the MA/MFA Choreography Programme at Trinity Laban Conservatoire for Music and Dance.
Khyle runs and directs Athletic Artist providing training and education events that support the dance community. Currently lecturing at Arts University Bournemouth, Academy or Dramatic Arts (Zagreb), and Trinity Laban, and previously London Contemporary Dance School and Kingston University.
BYMTalks #6 | Sat 2 May - 12pm
WORKING IN MUSICAL THEATRE
With Actor Luke McCall
Join our conversation with alumnus and actor Luke McCall and ask him questions live to discover the secrets behind working in the West End.
Luke took part in 4 BYMT projects including Macbeth in 2011 & 2012 and has since moved on to work on major productions. He played understudy Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera and appeared in the English National Opera's production of Man of La Mancha at the London Coliseum. Now he is playing Courfeyrac and alternate Jean Valjean in Les Miserables in the West End.
BYMTalks #5 | Sat 25 April - 12pm
AUDITION FOR DRAMA SCHOOL: ACTING THROUGH SONG
With Actress Aretha Ayeh
Actress and alumna Aretha Ayeh will be joining us on Sat 25 April to give us some great audition tips for drama school, and more specifically about acting through song. Aretha took part in two BYMT projects in 2004 and 2005. As an actress her credits include major productions such as "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them". She is now performing for the Royal Shakespeare Company.
BYMTalks #4 | Sat 18 April - 12pm
CAREER ADVICE FOR YOUNG PERFORMERS
With Director Sarah Ingram
On Saturday 18 April, West End Director Sarah Ingram will be giving you some great career tips. Don't miss out!
Sarah performed at some major venues including The Royal National Theatre and The Old Vic. Her directing credits include among others Annie, Rags, Address Unknown, Oliver, Grease, Guys and Dolls and bespoke cabarets Flight, Songs From my Trunk, Sibling Revelry (Broadway World Nomination), and Sapphire Soul, all at London's Hippodrome.
The video mentioned in the webinar can be watched HERE.
BYMTalks #3 | Sat 11 April
AUDITION TIPS FOR A WEST END SHOW
With Performer Grace Mouat
Join our conversation with West End performer Grace Mouat and ask her anything you want to know about working in the West End.
Grace did 3 BYMT projects, and has since moved on to work on major productions such as SIX the Musical and &Juliet where she plays the first cover for the lead role.
BYMTalks #2 | Sat 4 April
ASK A DIRECTOR - HOW ARE NEW MUSICALS MADE?
With Director Luke Sheppard
This Saturday don't miss our BYMTalk with multi-award-winning director Luke Sheppard. We will be discussing how new musicals are made; and you'll be able to ask him questions live!
Luke Sheppard has extensive experience in the industry. He is currently directing sensational new musical &Juliet playing now at Shaftesbury Theatre in the West End. He has also previously worked as Associate Director on several major productions including Matilda The Musical at the RSC, in London and on Broadway.
BYMTalks #1 | Sat 28 March
INS AND OUTS OF A WEST END SHOW
With Actor Alex Hammond
BYMT alumnus and West End actor Alex Hammond whose credits include Pretty Woman, Matilda and Motown among many other productions, is sharing with us everything about the ins and outs of a West End show! Watch the replay below.