Nick Stuart

Nick trained at Bird College where he gained a 1st Class BA (Hons) Degree in Dance and Theatre Performance as well as the award for ‘most improved student’.

He is currently part of the Musical Theatre Faculty at Bird College and choreographs for the college. He has previously worked as a Dance tutor for Stagecoach's across the South East and taught for many of the Schools for Jigsaw Performing arts. He also has his FDI teaching qualification in Tap for ISTD.

He has been lucky enough to perform all around the world in his performing career with his credits including; Jack and the Beanstalk (Evolution Productions) Chicago (RCCL&NAMCO); Victor/Victoria (Southwark Playhouse) We will Rock You (Berlin&Stuttgart); Explorer of the seas (Royal Caribbean Productions); Aladdin (Manchester Opera House). He was part of the Scintilla Jazz Company and performed in the opening of the 2012 Olympics Aquatic centre. Most recently he danced in the Argos ‘unboxed’ commercial and regularly performs in corporate events around the country.

Jo Lee Martin

Jo trained at the Doreen Bird Collage and is an Actor and Dance teacher and who has spent the last 19 years performing in number one Musicals, West End and touring productions and also teaching in prestigious drama schools in London.

THEATRE CREDITS INCLUDE: Janice Ferrari in JOEY & GINAS WEDDING (Café Royale, West End), Peggy in HOT PANTS (Oldham Coliseum), Mrs Bixby and Swing in SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS, Anya in FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, Heavenly Friend in CAROUSEL (National Tours).Gertie Blossom in DOCTOR DOLITTLE working alongside Tommy Steele. Jane in Victoria Wood’s comedy play DINNERLADIES, and the International Tourof MAMMA MIA, understudying and playing the roles of Rosie and Tanya and also covering Donna.
Fleta in IOLANTHE (Chichester Festival Theatre), Frau Schmidt in THE SOUND OF MUSIC (Bahrain International Festival), Mrs Hopkins in MY FAIR LADY (Sheffield Crucible) and Connie Pemberton in the UK’s first Promenade musical PASSPORT TO PIMLICO (South West Fest, London).Mrs Fezziwig/Old Mrs Joe in  A CHRISTMAS CAROL (Birmingham Rep),Ensemble in HMS PINAFORE  (Theatre Royal, Bath) and  Lady In Wheelchair/Cover Evangeline and Erma in ANYTHING GOES (Sheffield Crucible & UK  and Ireland Tour).

The Young Players was established in 2015 by the Principal, Amira Stevens.Our aim is to provide professionally led creative,inspiring and high quality classes and workshops using all aspects of the performing arts.

All of our team at The Young Players are professional performers with a love and passion for working with young people. Our team have appeared in shows such as Oliver!, Annie, Wicked, Miss Saigon, Starlight Express and Evita to name a few!

Daniel Robinson

Daniel trained at L.A.M.D.A

Theatre credits include: My Night with Reg (Donmar Warehouse, West End), Luther Billis in South Pacific (Kilworth House Theatre), Favourite Mad Man (ALOFF Theatre), John Jasper in The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Arts Theatre, West End), Girls Night In (Lincoln Theatre Royal), Jekyll and Hyde (UK Number 1 Tour), Piaf (Donmar Warehouse, West End), Cinderella (Old Vic), A Colourful Noise (Royal Court), Tonight’s The Night (UK Number 1 Tour) The Ghost Downstairs , Treasure Island (Nuffield Theatre)

Daniel has taught at many of London's top colleges and has led several masterclasses and workshops for both children and those that are in training.

Sabrina Carter

Sabrina trained at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland .

Theatre Credits include: Christine , 'One Man Two Guvnors' (National Theatre), Liza in 'Liza, Liza, Liza', (Tabard Theatre & NO 1 UK TOUR) . Standby Eliza Doolittle, ‘National Theatres 50th Birthday Gala’, (National Theatre). Lucy, 'Jekyll and Hyde' opposite Marti Pellow (UK NO 1 TOUR), Standby Nancy, ‘Oliver' (Drury Lane), Annabella, Pamela, Margaret, ‘The 39 Steps’ (Criterion), Understudy Elphaba, ‘Wicked’ (Apollo Victoria), Kate, ‘Kiss Me Kate’ (The Gatehouse), Audrey ‘Little Shop Of Horrors’, (Webster).

Sabrina has taught and led workshops across Glasgow.

Amira Stevens - PRINCIPAL

Amira made her professional debut at the age of 9 as Little Cosette in Les Miserables, Palace Theatre. She then went on to train at Arts Ed, London, both at the lower school and the 3 year Musical Theatre Course.

Her credits include: Donna Duarte in 'Evita' (Dominion Theatre), U/S Ellen and Gigi in 'Miss Saigon' (No. 1UK Tour), Dory in 'Merrily We Roll Along' (Theatre Clwyd), Claudette in 'Victor/Victoria' (Southwark Playhouse), Nellie/Mrs Beconsfield in 'Jekyll & Hyde' (No. 1 UK Tour), Bonnie Boylan in 'Annie' (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Fruma Sarah in 'Fiddler on the Roof' (No. 1 UK Tour), Principal Soloist in Wayne Sleep's' Ready, Steady, Dance!, Fred Astaire Dancer in 'Fred Astaire – A Daughter’s Tribute' (London Palladium), Clo Clo in 'The Merry Widow' (Holland Park Opera) and Die Fladermaus (ENO).

Amira started teaching from the age of 15 years at her local dance school and has contuned to do so for many years She has taught from 4 years and up and at some of London's top colleges: Arts Ed, Italia Conti, PPA & KSA .

Rachael comes from a small town on the outskirts of Glasgow and grew up with a love of all things Musical Theatre! After training at the Dance School of Scotland and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Rachael has moved to London to become more involved with the industry she loves. As a teacher, Rachael has been involved in various drama, singing and dance classes over the years and always tries to bring a sense of fun, inclusiveness and excitement to her lessons.A keen musician, Rachael plays many instruments including Trombone, Saxophone and Piano and is always eager to share her passion for music as well as theatre.


At The Young Players, we believe that there are many benefits to young people learning various skills of the performing arts as well as having TONS OF FUN!!!

DANCE is a powerful ally for developing many of the attributes of a growing child. Dance helps children mature physically, emotionally, socially, and cognitively. The physical benefits of dance are widely accepted, but the emotional, social and cognitive attributes have only recently begun to be appreciated.

Singing: The process of learning a SONG is a fascinating task, with a distinct start and an end product. It's an artistic activity, but also a structured and disciplined one, especially when we sing with others. We are therefore exercising our structural capabilities without necessarily realizing this is happening - which is very helpful for young people who might normally avoid or dislike a lot of discipline and method.

Research reveals the positive impact of DRAMA on a student’s Physical, Emotional, Social, and Cognitive Development as well as building self-confidence, emotional maturity, communication skills, memory, social awareness, trust and can be an emotional outlet.

The Young Players offers professionally led dance,drama and singing classes and workshops in Beckenham.

Tom O'Brien

Tom has worked in theatre for the past 10 years. He trained at the Arts Educational Schools and orignally worked as an actor in the UK and internationally. Tom moved into directing in 2010  receiving a training bursary from Theatre Royal, Stratford East and studied directing with Elen Bowman of Living Pictures.  Tom is a Creative Projects Associate at Nothampton Theatre Royal and Derngate and is co-founder and Artistic Director of TREMers. 
Tom directed the sell-out 21st anniversary production of 'The Fastest Clock In The Universe' by Philip Ridley at the Old Red Lion, London. This production won rave reviews from critics with a number of 5 and 4 star reviews and was filmed for the V & A Video Archives of Performance. See for reviews. 
Tom's production of ‘Our Friends, The Enemy' a one-man play by Alex Gwyther  recently toured the UK after completing a successful run at The Edinburgh Fringe festival in 2013.  The Production was also selected by the Premier League to be the offical performance in Belgium for their commemoration of the First World War Centenary. 
Previous directing credits include:  'Harper Regan' (Mountview), 'Merrily We Roll Along' (Crescent Theatre, Birmingham), 'The Fastest Clock In The Universe' (Old Red Lion), 'Daisy Pulls It Off' (Liverpool Theatre School), 'The Wedding Singer', 'How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying' (The Lowry), 'Our Friends, The Enemy' (Theatre 503), 'Coming Up for short Plays By' (Soho Theatre), Judy The Righteous (Trafalgar Studios/King's Head), First and Last (Tristan Bates Theatre), Christmas is Miles Away (Hen and Chickens), Out of The Kitchen (Waterloo East), Word To The Action - an evening of Shakespeare (Nell of Old Drury).  As Associate Director: Little Women (LOST Theatre).  
Assistant director credits include: Dangerous Lady (Theatre Royal Stratford East), Thoroughly Modern Millie (The Watermill), Merrily We Roll Along (Clwyd Theatr Cymru), Ruben Guthrie (New Wimbledon Studio), Buried Child (Upstairs At The Gatehouse), Romeo & Juliet (Camden People’s Theatre), A Clockwork Orange (CVenues, Edinburgh). 
Tom has assisted directors such as Lisa Goldman, Caroline Leslie, Nikolai Foster & Nicola Samer. He also receives mentoring from Elen Bowman, who is Joint Artistic Director of Living Pictures and has previously taught directing methods to Ian Rickson & Kate Mitchell. Tom was until recently Artistic Director of The Company Music Theatre and Youth Theatre Director at The Churchill Theatre, Bromley.

T: 07921 922 514


Gemma Atkins

Training: Laine Theatre Arts, graduating with a Musical Theatre Diploma.

Theatre includes: Understudy 'Eva Peron' in 'Evita' (Dominion YUnderstudying and playing theroles of 'Elphaba' and 'Nessarose' in 'Wicked' (Apollo Victoria Theatre, London) 'Julie Jordan' in Carousel (Broadway Theatre, Catford); 'Lily' and 'Juliet' in Me and Juliet (Finborough); 'Ruth' in It's A Wonderful Life (The New Wolsey); Alternate 'Eva' in Evita (UK tour); 'Pearl' in Starlight Express(UK tour); 'Miss Lynch' and understudying and playing the role of 'Rizzo' and 'Jan' in Grease (UK tour); Understudying and playing the roles of 'Serena', 'Miss Sherman' and 'Mabel' in 'Fame' (UK tour).

Gemma loves teaching our 'Mini Players' to sing , dance and act and has taught across London and Surrey.

T: 07921 922 514


Rachael McAllister