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Jane Thornton 

Director

“I grew up in West Yorks and went to school near Skipton in North Yorks which entitled me at age 16 to audition for the North Yorkshire County Youth Theatre. I gained a place and worked with them over three consecutive summers alongside a couple of other budding young actors; Nigel Betts and Mark Addy. Working with a professional director in a number of theatres, I was also introduced to warm ups, theatre games, working in traverse, youth theatre festivals and a myriad of other opportunities that were not easily available to me coming from the background I did. The experience also meant that when I auditioned for a place at Bretton Hall College to study for a degree in Drama, I was better equipped to respond to what they were asking from me. I also felt more confident because I had already been part of something special and Andy Breakwell our director from York Theatre Royal had written me a reference. He had believed in me.  What I am saying is  that I know for sure that when someone you respect takes the time to open up your world, put a metaphorical arm around your shoulder and inspire you to take the next step it makes so much difference to what you can achieve. Since graduating from Bretton as well as acting, writing  and directing  I have won two BAFTAs for Best Schools Drama and Best original Writer  for Children’s TV. I have worked with young offenders, written plays and programmes for both primary and secondary schools, worked as teacher and workshop leader, run my own award winning youth theatre and supported many young people in applying for drama schools.”