Helen has been Director of OYAP Trust since 1998. She specialises in devising arts projects that are irresistibly engaging to reach the most vulnerable young people, and in mentoring emerging young artists at the start of their careers in participatory arts. She trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama and at London University, and has pursued a career as a theatre director, specialising in youth and community theatre.
"I am passionate about investing in the early careers of young artists and arts managers, so that they can go on to great things in future and create new opportunities for themselves and for the cultural communities they live in."
Donna joined OYAP Trust in September 2017 as Finance Administrator and has been General Manager since January 2019. She handles financial, compliance, team and venue management, and supports fundraising and programming initiatives. She has worked for Pegasus Theatre and Modern Art Oxford, managing operations, resources and income, and has trained as an accountant. In a previous life she worked in brand management and business development.
"As someone whose path was fundamentally changed by the possibilities opened by art education, I believe this opportunity should be available to all young people."
We also have a small army of freelance artists, volunteers and supporters without which our work would not be posible.
If you have skills to share and would like to be part of this team please email us
Janine started working for OYAP in November 2019, and felt at home right away. Having been a NEET young person, Janine developed her love for young people and the arts because it allowed her to blossom. She took her first steps on an apprenticeship at Pegasus Theatre and hasn’t stopped since … she has worked and volunteered at NCS, Trax, Barton Girl’s Group, Wolvercote Young People’s Club and Choices. To add to that, she has gained a degree in youth work.
She is also a producer and director for North Oxford Youth Theatre, and really enjoys supporting young people with job hunting and their CVs, or with getting back into education, helping them write a plan to reach their goal.