The Team

Our Approach

We work loosely for a year, writing and workshopping to a theme until we have the bones of a script suitable for an ensemble cast. Local performances and audience consultation  help us develop and tweak our story until it’s ready for a wider audience.

Our Story

Make Performing Arts was set up in 2010 (a year before the Theatre co) and caters to our 4-16 year olds. Our plan was to extend creative and performing opportunities to our older students and provide valuable experiences to talk about, remember for years to come and add to their CV.

Meet the Team

Our technical and production team varies but our two main directors Kat Wilsher and Sophy Layzell remain the same. We also have Jen Parker on our board of directors and Nat Wilsher as resident Musical Director and composer.

Kat Wilsher

Founder & Director

Kat writes and directs for the Theatre co and has been both on stage and behind the scenes since her school years.

Sophy Layzell

Founder & Director

Sophy writes and produces for the Theatre co and has been involved in local youth theatres for over ten years.

Jen Parker


Jen was one of the first members of the Theatre co and now sits on the directors board representing our cast members.

Nat Wilsher

Resident MD and composer

Nat was an assistant for our first Make Performing Arts workshop then joined the Theatre co aged 18 to write the score and perform in it’s first production.

Next Steps…

If you’d like to be involved as a member of our production team, either helping backstage with set/lights/props/sound, or with the creative team  then please get in touch.
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