Maggie Love – Artistic Director Her career has included West End musicals, films, top acting schools and a stint in America. She left Shrewsbury aged 17 to train as a dancer and within a few years was choreographing her first West End musical: Grease, with Su Pollard – who went on to star in TV comedy Hi De Hi – and Tracey Ullman, since nominated for a Golden Globe for her smash-hit comedy roles on American TV.
Her film credits include: working on the dance sound for Fame (1980), a dancer in Heaven’s Gate (1980), various music videos in the 80’s and since returning to the UK she has been involved in documentary films including The Devil’s Chaplin.
She has taught at prestigious London acting schools including Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art – where she trained Ross Kemp in the early 1980’s. She was head of faculty at The Central School of Speech and Drama, Drama Studio, The Lee Strasberg Studio in London, Bennett Studio in San Francisco – Stanislavski method. She also taught at Rose Bruford, The Guildhall, London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, in addition she worked with academics and historians at Cambridge University, reproducing dance and movement in Ancient Greek plays.
Maggie spent time in the USA as Head of Movement and Dance at California’s world-renowned Shakespeare Festival. She also had the pleasure of working with the San Francisco State University, Berkeley University, Berkeley Repertory Theatre and Early Years education.
She was responsible for the Shropshire Diamond Jubilee Pageant in 2012 which brought together over 5,000 children from Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin and more than 2,000 adults. In 2017 Maggie worked as movement director and educational workshop leader on the first in-house production of Macbeth at Theatre Severn with RSC director Loveday Ingram. Since 2005 Maggie has been Artistic Director of Shropshire Youth Theatre based at The Hive, Shrewsbury.
‘’Over the years I have applied my knowledge and experience to a variety of Shakespeare productions and Festivals across the World, and worked in Film and Television as the choreographer/ movement specialist.
I bring large groups of people together in dance for all sorts of celebrations across all periods of time. I offer talks on Dance Through History, specialising in the evolution of Dance in the Western World’’
Lisa Morris – Director
Lisa is a former SYT student with a vast practical and theoretical knowledge of theatre, performance and live art. After performing with SYT under Michael Richardson between 1998-2005, Lisa went on to study theatre at Dartington College of Art, exploring devised and collaborative performance practice and site specific performance. After graduating in 2008, she continued working with newly formed OneThousandLadders, a Midlands based all-female collective whose work focused on shadow puppetry, Foley art, found text and song.
In 2010 she started her Masters degree at Aberystwyth University, and was incredibly fortunate to study under the influential site specific performer and director Mike Pearson. Her work at Aberystwyth was primarily concerned with the re-enactment of memory and nostalgia, and the interrogation of liveness in re-enacted performance.
After graduating in 2012, together with a group of fellow graduates, Lisa established Almost Human, a film-as-performance company whose work has toured across the globe, from World Stage Design in Cardiff to The International Festival of Experimental Theatre in Acco, Israel. Their first performance, ‘Letters From Another Island’, was shortlisted for both the Prague Fringe Festival Creativity Award, and the Welsh Young Critics Award for Best Digital Performance.
Lisa currently continues her work with Almost Human and is exploring further avenues of academic study. She is the director of our Junior group and also of our Summer School workshops at The Hive in Shrewsbury. The combination of academic expertise and playful exploration of performance in practice, combined with a creative and energetic approach to teaching allow her to help young people develop their own work through practice, interrogation and performance.