Michelle trained at Mountview Theatre School in London, where she graduated with a BA Hons in performance. Michelle has played Esmeralda in Notre Dame de Paris and Cilla Black in Cliff the Musical, both in London’s West End, and Carrie in the National Tour of Carousel, alongside Darren Day.
More recently Michelle starred as Elizabeth I for Channel 5, spent the summer filming Doctors, and played Liz Cotton in EASTENDERS for the BBC.
Steve has recently completed four years in the West End cast of Billy Elliot the musical. He studied musical theatre at The Arts Educational Schools London, is a qualified fight director, and has worked in the entertainment industry for over 25 years. Along the way he has done everything from Cabaret to Shakespeare and at one time or another been employed solely as an actor, a dancer, and a singer, as well as combining all three skills in musical theatre. He most recently appeared in Paddington 2.
The Brit Youth Theatre run classes each week at Bishop Walsh school in Sutton Coldfield. It was set up in 2004 by two working actors, Michelle Connolly and Steve Paget. Steve grew up in Erdington Birmingham. He trained for 3 years in Musical Theatre, at the prestigious Arts Educational College in London, and has been working in TV, film and Musical theatre for the past 30 years. Steve recently spent 4 years in the cast of Billy Elliot in London's West End. Steve felt passionate about bringing his experience in the arts back to his home in Birmingham, and that is where the Brit Youth Theatre started. The idea was to have a stage school that focused on getting the students on to the stage, and performing. Steve has been running The Brit Youth Theatre with Michelle Connolly for 15 years. Michelle most recently played the role of Liz Cotton in EastEnders. Both Michelle and Steve travel from London each week to teach in Sutton.
What do we do?
We hold classes once a week, lasting for two and a half hours. Students sing, act and dance, with the upcoming production providing direction and focus. Students are split into groups depending on age; 6-11 and 11-18. This focus on performance, makes us unique, and an extremely exciting and engaging place for students to come and experience the thrill of being on stage.
We are extremely proud of the quality of our productions, but more importantly, having a large scale production to work towards, in a full scale theatre with costume and set, is an exciting way of motivating our students to work hard and have pride in what they’re doing, whilst instilling them with confidence and self belief. We are passionate about what we do and want every student to experience the thrill of performing.
We have just completed our production of High School Musical at The Crescent Theatre in Birmingham. Our production for 2019 is Oliver. Come and join the experience!