Jessica Levinson Young – Company Director/Production Manager
Jessica has a First Class Honours Degree in Acting from the Arts University Bournemouth. She is experienced in Acting for stage and screen, Stage Management and workshop facilitation. Jess specialises in working with young people to address the social issues they face through theatre.
Previously she was part of the team that facilitated the nationwide ‘Get Set to Make a Change’ educational roadshows, delivered for the British Olympic Association and the British Paralympic Association. The aim of the roadshows was to use the momentum of the 2012 Olympic Games to inspire young people to make a positive change in their communities.
Jess has toured UK Secondary Schools with Edcoms, the company behind the Food Standards Agency’s Healthy Eating roadshow and the Samsung ‘Skills For Good’ Campaign, both as an actress and a workshop leader. Funded by Eon Energy, the show (‘Smart Kids’) was an interactive piece designed to promote student engagement in Science subjects and conscientious energy use.
She has also worked with students as an English/Drama teacher at the Interacktiv Foreign Language School Devon, taught Acting classes to children at Star Club Summer School Devon and toured UK Primary Schools in a pantomime version of Cinderella. Previous Acting roles include Hermia in ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ (dir. Ken Robertson), Myrrha in ‘Tales from Ovid’ (dir. Russ Tunney) and Christopher in ‘On the Razzle’ (dir. Sean Aita).
Joseph Rynhart, Company Director/Technical Manager
Joseph trained as an actor at the Arts University Bournemouth, graduating with First Class Honours. He has worked as a Stage Manager and a Producer for various theatre productions and is an experienced graphic designer.
Previous projects include ‘I’m Still Here’, a theatre project combining Verbatim techniques with Physical Theatre to tell the personal stories of those affected by the Social Care System in Britain. The show was written and produced by Joseph for a showcase of new work at the Arts University Bournemouth Studio Theatre.
Joseph has extensive experience creating material for young audiences: he has previously developed Activity Resources for use by both church-based and secular children’s groups. Additionally, Joseph has worked as a group leader at numerous Holiday/After-School Clubs. He also taught monologue-writing sessions at The Bourne Academy Dorset, which were then performed and filmed for a local arts exhibition.
He has worked on touring productions in over 500 UK Primary Schools, most recently as Peter in a production of The Railway Children where he also ran accompanying Stagecraft Workshops. Previous Acting roles include Chaucer in ‘The Canterbury Tales’ (dir. Sean Aita) and Francis Flute in ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ (dir. Ken Robertson).