Meet The Team

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Matthew-Jay Pratt

Artistic Director

Born in Bradford, West Yorkshire, Matthew-Jay trained at the prestigious Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance gaining a BA (Hons) in Dance Theatre. Matthew Jay has worked with international choreographers including Christopher Bruce, Ballet Boyz, founding members of the Adugna Community Dance and Theatre Company, Addisu Demissie and Junaid Jemal Sendi and Tom Hobden. Matthew Jay has also performed in works by Richard Alston, Andreas Elia constantinou-Etheredge, Tony Thatcher and Rosemary Butcher. Over the years Matthew-Jay has worked as a freelance dance practitioner for Matthew Bourne's New Adventures, Dance United Yorkshire, Yorkshire Dance, Phoenix Dance Company, artsNK, Bedford College & Norwich City College. 

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Ryan Watson

Head of Education & Learning 

Born in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, Ryan began his journey as an actor for the Queen Mother Theatre, performing in many musical productions and Shakesperian plays. Ryan then studied at the University of Lincoln gaining a BA (Hons) in Drama. He launched and performed in a Theatre for Young Audiences Theatre Company and began touring Primary Schools in Lincolnshire before applying for Teacher Training in Primary Education specialising in ages 3-7 years. Ryan qualified in 2017 as an Outstanding Primary School Teacher from the East of England Teacher Training Centre. Since then, he has taught in schools such as St Giles Academy, Shipley CE Primary School & Sandal Primary School and other settings such as International Summer Camp: Camp Cooper UK teaching English Language & Performing Arts. 

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Victoria Hart

Programme Director 

Born in Bradford. Victoria began her journey in the arts at the age of 16. During her time she has been involved in many small scale theatre productions including acting, dance, physical theatre and musical theatre. Some of Victoria’s earlier productions include;  ‘Guys and Dolls’, 1940’s Musical Theatre Piece, ‘Bouncers and Shakers’ by play write John Godber  and Steven Berkoff’s ‘Metamorphosis’. Victoria graduated with a BA (Hons) Degree In Dance at the prestigious Northern Ballet Building accredited by Leeds City College. Victoria has been in productions directed by Mad Dog Dance Theatre company director, Douglas Thorpe and Tony Louis.

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Aleks Tutak

Director of  Theatre & Media 

Aleks graduated from UCLan in 2019, with a first-class degree in Theatre and Performance and in 2021 received a postgraduate certificate in Education and qualified as a Drama teacher. Aleks is driven by creativity and thrives when faced with the opportunity to create. To Aleks, Theatre and Performance is not only an outlet for ideas, concepts and visions, it’s an encouraging chance to showcase individuality, innovation and personal exploration through the way you move, the words you speak and the way you present yourself on stage. Highlighting the importance of technique, alongside incorporating play and eccentricity, are the fundamental elements of Aleks’ theatre practice. Aleks is passionate about inspiring children in a safe and fun environment. 

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Sarah Reynolds 

Healthy Hearts Practitioner

Sarah gained her BA (Hons) Degree in Leadership and Management at Bradford University. After being associated with the company for many years as head chaperone, Sarah has now moved on to working within our Healthy Hearts team as a delivery practitioner where she continues to develop and strengthen the programme.

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Jackie Pratt 

BEE Creative Practitioner 

Jackie has been associated with the company for many years as a volunteer supporting the companies growth and development. Jackie's previous background was in care and nursing for the elderly where she gained her NVQ.

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Inza Ahmed 

BEE Creative Programme Lead Artist

Born in Bradford, West Yorkshire, Inza started her artistic journey early creating and studying art throughout her time in school and sixth form. She then moved onto studying a degree in Fine Art at Leeds Beckett University, graduating with a first-class honours. She has previous experience working in London’s Dulwich College summer school, teaching international students English & Art. Inza continues to progress her creative growth primarily by creating oil paintings, digital sceneries and writing academic pieces on her abstract philosophical ideas and artistic visions. She strives to create a safe and happy environment for children that encourages creative growth, expression, confidence, and unity.

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Jazz Summers

BEE Creative Artist Support

Jazz graduated from the Leeds Conservatoire of Music in 2020, receiving a BA (Hons) in Popular Music. From this, Jazz gained opportunities to work around the country performing and recording music, working and signing under companies such as High Tribe Records and Tailored Entertainment. Furthermore, Jazz has worked as a leader on NCS programs since 2015, in which he pushed young adults to develop their creative and social skills while making improvements to their local communities.

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Sobia Hussain

Community Artist

Born in Bradford, West Yorkshire, Sobia has been interested in Art throughout her whole school career and then went onto graduate from University Centre (Leeds) with a BA (Hons) Art Enterprise Degree.  She is expanding her creative career and loves working with and supporting children. She’s looking forward to helping grow the social and creative skills of the young people and children she will be working with.

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Antonia Evans

Admin and Finance

Antonia has worked with the company for a number of years. As well as being on the admin team, Antonia also takes on the responsibility of hair and make-up during YACAD productions and shows..