Kristian Thomas Youth Company;

The Kristian Thomas Youth Company was founded in September 2017 and continues to be an exciting performing arts platform for aspiring, young performers in the Nottingham/Derby area. We teach Singing, Acting & Dance as individual crafts but also as a one art form, most commonly referred to as Musical Theatre, thus allowing our students to become the best performing artist they can be. At ‘KTYCo’, we pride ourselves on being one of the few youth companies who get to know our students as unique individual performers. We can then cater to them for how they need to grow and challenge their craft further, in turn, putting them on the correct path for their choice of specific career. We are keen to enrol students who want to train at an advanced level, who then have the passion, desire & commitment to take the arts further into their future and train professionally. 

SKILLS: Throughout the academic year, we work on developing individual disciplines of the performing arts craft, nurturing and bringing the best out of our pupils in an independent and mindful way. Skills learnt cover a wide range of elements, that all piece together nicely to result in a confident and professional performer. These vary from acting techniques, vocal training, stamina and choreography, right through to stage craft, resilience, confidence and teamwork. Not only this, but our students will enhance further in other areas such as creativity and pick-up skills. 

QUALIFICATIONS:  We believe in inspiring and encouraging our students to set and achieve their goals, and we feel that taking exams in something they are passionate about can not only be rewarding but beneficial for their futures too. These are not compulsory, but for those children who want to, we can provide support and opportunities to progress throughout Trinity College London examinations. Many of the syllabus requirements fit in well with the work our members already take part in on a weekly basis, and can help to motivate them to push themselves further. Trinity exams are known throughout the world and are officially recognised by educational authorities in many countries. They represent an outstanding opportunity for our pupils and a great way to recognise all of their continuous efforts and hard work. There are various grades of exam to work through, both in musical theatre and drama. 

PERFORMANCE EXPERIENCE: At KTYCo, we pride ourselves on the professionalism we hold when it comes to putting on a show. From the in house auditions and casting process, right through to the opening night! Our students will rehearse for a show with a specific creative team chosen for them, who we feel hold the correct experience and attributes depending on the genre of show and the high caliber of cast we may have. Shows are chosen by considering all members in the group and looking closely at what our students will take from the particular material at that point in time of their training with us. 

TO JOIN: We audition for new intake of members once a year around June/July for the upcoming season which starts in September. Keep an eye out on our auditions page for more information, alternatively, fill in a form below and we can put you on our auditions waiting list! We will also request video auditions from certain students mid-season if a space has become available and we are looking to fill a certain criteria. For more information on the age groups and how they differ, click the pictures below (Seniors, Intermediates & Juniors) to find out more.

Tutors

Co-Founder & Choreographer

Kristian Cunningham
Co-Founder & Choreographer

Principal & Director/Choreographer

Shannon O'Donnell
Principal & Director/Choreographer

Co-Founder & Musical Director

Tom Bond
Co-Founder & Musical Director

Senior Director/Choreographer

Katy Maclaughlin
Senior Director/Choreographer

Intermediate Assistant Director

Andrew Buxton
Intermediate Assistant Director

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