Raw Talent Youth Theatre is the most exciting and original drama groups in Birmingham. Whats makes it so exciting? Perhaps it’s because all the work is created by its members and then scripted by professional writers, or is it because we’re the only drama group that specialises in comedy, maybe it’s because we’re award winning. Then again it could be because so many of our members go on to work in the entertainment industry. Whatever the reason, we must be doing something right because our members come back term after term.
Founded by professional screen writers Claire Downes and Stuart Lane
, who created create a youth theatre in which every member gets a chance to shine. From the very first show in 1996 to the present day, scripts are specifically written for the cast so everyone has an important role to play in a Raw Talent show.
Meet the team
Phil Hyde - Writer Director
Phil is a former member of Raw Talent who joined when he was 12 and stuck around until he was 18! Phil began working with the company on a full time basis in 2006 after graduating from De Montfort University with a 2:1 BA (Hons) degree in Drama.
Phil has the ability to build an instant rapport with young people and helps them to devise new work which is then scripted by himself and Sami.
Sami Cornick - Writer and Musical Director
Sami began working for Raw Talent in 2009 after graduating from Wolverhampton University with a First Class BA (HONS) Drama degree. Sami has a passion for comedy and is the Raw Talent’s musical director.
Sami is highly regarded in her as a vocal coach as well as being a talented singer songwriter and multi instrumentalist. Sami specialises in using music to teach, develop and engage with people of all ages and capabilities.