Jane Ward

Mastered: Youth Theatre
Location: Wolverhampton

As the founding director of Central Youth Theatre (CYT), Jane has run the organisation for the past 35 years. Working with more than 2,500 young people on over 220 productions, Jane has created work that ranges from devised, modern, international, heritage and classical work to new writing commissions and film-based projects.

Over the decades she has taken hundreds of young people to more than 50 international festivals in 18 different countries to experience the joy of, not only performing but also taking part in workshops and social activities in an international arena.

She has created one of the most travelled youth theatres in the UK, raising the standing of British youth theatre abroad, instilling in young people the pride of acting as ambassadors for the City of Wolverhampton.

Born and raised in Wolverhampton Jane founded Central Youth Theatre in 1983 at the age of 23 and was awarded an MBE in 2013 for her services to drama and the community of Wolverhampton.

In 2016 CYT celebrated becoming a top-three finalist in the UK Youth Awards for Best UK Youth Organisation.

Jane was made a Lottery Legend by the Lottery Good Causes for her inspirational Youth Theatre Work.

Visit Central Youth Theatre's website here.