Selina Keedwell – Artistic Director
Somerset Youth Theatre
Facilitator at Highbridge, Taunton & Bishop Fox’s
I run Somerset Youth Theatre Groups and Companies at Highbridge (my hometown) and Taunton.
I absolutely LOVE working with young people through the Arts and seeing their confidence grow and friendships build. I never felt I was good enough at most things growing up, and Drama, Theatre and Dance gave me a place to be myself and not worry what other people thought.
When I was growing up in Highbridge I really wanted to be an actress and work in Theatre. I thought you had to go to London to do that, and be really good and rich, and wait for that ‘big break’! I mean, that’s one way of doing it, but there are LOADS of other ways to work in the Arts, and perform, or be behind the scenes. I work as a performer and make Theatre, after lots of training and hard work and letting go of that little voice of self-doubt.
It’s taken me a long time to have the confidence to believe in myself enough to say I am an Actor/Artist/Theatre maker and to understand that we are all ‘good enough’.
My job is to help young people get there quicker and see the opportunities and experiences that are out there, and on the Somerset doorstep! I love working with Somerset Youth Theatre and the brilliant people that are part of that, young and old. We spend a lot of time laughing & figuring out difficult stuff together-it’s a place where you can be yourself, and that can only be a good thing.