Meet the Team

Ben Murray-Watson

Founder and Director

Ben has worked with young people from a number of different backgrounds and for a number of different organisations over the last 20 years.

He is a passionate advocate of creative subjects in education and has seen 1st hand on numerous occasions how studying drama benefits young people.

Ben launched The Young Actors Group out of a desire to see a professionally run acting-only nationwide group that took both its responsibilities seriously whilst offering excellence at every level.

Following its launch in 2014, YAG now runs over 20 groups and will be offering a franchise model from the beginning of 2023.

Aaron Tonks

Operations Director

Aaron is a theatre and film director with over a decade’s experience working on youth productions.

As well as heading up 7 weekly groups, Aaron also looks after all of our freelancers with lesson plans, tips and tricks and general day to day operations.

Loved by kids and adults alike, Aaron is a long standing and pivotal part of YAG’s success to date.

 

Heather Barron-Casoni

Marketing Executive

Heather is our first ever permanent member of staff!

She is a digital specialist, who has worked in digital art, design & social media.

With a degree in makeup for Film & Television, acting and theatre is something she is incredibly passionate about and she enjoys the opportunity to encourage young people to express themselves through the arts.

Heather spent 9 years post-graduation building a career in the hospitality, events and entertainment sectors; both in London & Bournemouth, and utilises her expertise in customer service & communication to engage and educate through media.

Holly Ray Headshot

Holly Ray

Branch Director

Holly is a professional actor, singer, dancer, choreographer and teacher with experience in theatre, film, music, and dance.

Alongside performing, Holly has taught all disciplines for over a decade, and finds working with young people in the arts incredibly rewarding.

She currently teaches singing and LAMDA privately, with a 100% pass rate in all exams, as well as running her own parent and child dance classes.

Holly is passionate about teaching and is so excited to be working with The Young Actors Group.

Georgie Walker

Branch Director

Georgie spent a lot of time as a cover director with YAG prior to joining as a fully fledged branch director.

She has been performing since the age of 6 and her love of acting inspired her to undertake a course in Popular Music Performance. But missing the acting side of things, she trained to become a Primary School teacher and now focuses on leading all of the music and drama elements in her school.

Georgie heads up our Saturday groups in Hove and is really excited to see her groups flourish in their love of drama.

Chance Bliss Dini

Branch Director

Chance graduated from LSBU with a degree in Creative Producing in 2014 and is a writer, Director and Theatre Producer.

She has produced and directed sell-out shows at acclaimed London Fringe venues such as The Etcetera Theatre and Tara Arts and co-founded theatre company Covert Accomplice.

 Most recently Chance started working with local sketch comedy group “The Treason Show” and is planning their upcoming tour.

Chance avidly attended youth theatre all through her childhood and teens so is thrilled to be a tutor at YAG.

Ross Drury

Branch Director

Ross is a multi award winning theatre director, Artistic Director Living Record Productions, Co regional Director of Bigfoot Arts Education South and Associate Director of The Pantaloons Theatre Company.

In his Theatre Practice Ross has directed national touring productions, working in London, Europe and regularly taking productions to Edinburgh and Brighton Fringe Festivals.

As a trained teacher and creative learning enthusiast Ross brings his knowledge of the professional theatre world into the classroom through imaginative exercises and performance projects.