Welcome to The Point Josh Miles
Josh is our new Youth Theatre Director will lead our weekly sessions for anyone aged 5-14 on Saturdays from Saturday 23 September.
Josh trained as an actor at Guildhall and worked for theatres and companies including the National Theatre of Scotland, Sheffield Theatres and Royal Court. More recently Josh became a drama teacher and youth theatre director and Associate Artist of the National Youth Theatre.
He is currently directing fifty young people in Everybody’s Talking About Jamie at Cambridge Youth Theatre and other recent highlights include creating an original dance piece in response to the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 with choreographer Rakhi Sood and a group of young people from Southampton for the Mela Festival, and an outdoor production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at St Paul’s Girls’ School with over 70 young people. As Assistant Director at Chichester Festival Theatre Josh worked with a community chorus of 50+ young people and most recently assisted on A Christmas Carol at Reading Rep.
Are you excited to get started with the new Youth Theatre?
I care passionately about working with young people and making work in local communities. I can’t wait.
What do you love about Youth Theatre?
What I love most about youth theatre is that it is for everyone. And it’s a safe and supportive environment where you can be yourself and express yourself freely.
How do you think participation in Youth Theatre benefits young people?
There are so many benefits to being in a youth theatre. You get to meet and work with new people with similar interests which helps develop social skills and interactions with others. You get to play and have fun. You get to learn about different people, their stories and backgrounds which can open your mind to how other people live. You grow in confidence as you work really hard towards a performance. And you feel a great sense of achievement through working collaboratively with others on somethings that you care about.
How would you encourage someone who’s new to the Youth Theatre experience to give it a try?
Trying new things can be scary. I still get scared when I try new things but afterwards I feel great for having given it a go. When I was about 9 years old, I joined a local drama group and I found it really scary at first, and I didn’t want to go back. But thankfully my family encouraged me to give it another go and the following week I absolutely loved it. As a young person youth theatre gave me the opportunity to be myself in a way that I couldn’t be in other aspects of my life, and I highly recommend it for anyone that feels like it might be for them.