• About Us

Manchester Musical Youth (MMY) is an award winning theatre company for young performers in Greater Manchester brought to you by an established, experienced and successful artistic team, with a track record of creating the very best in youth theatre productions such as Jekyll and Hyde (2015), Hot Mikado (2015), Little Shop of Horrors (2016), Les Miserables (2016) and Legally Blonde (2017) to name but a few.

Our aim is to bring together, encourage and develop the most talented performers throughout the Greater Manchester area, aged between 8-30 years old, so that they can experience the highest, most professional standard of musical theatre outside the West End. We strive for excellence in every aspect of our productions and believe that age is no barrier to quality.

The weekly workshops will primarily focus on the Acting, Singing and Movement disciplines in a supportive and exciting environment in order to stretch, challenge and build on the amazing talent that our company members bring. Our members will also gain a valuable educational experience too; learning vocal and performance skills but also a wider understanding of music, theatre and the themes and issues in our productions. These skills will not only dramatically improve their performance standard, but also supports their academic development and most importantly builds their confidence and self-belief.

The directed workshops will be aimed towards producing two full-scale professional-standard shows a year, as well as building on repertoire and individual skills, which company members will have the opportunity to share at one off events, concerts and charity fundraisers.

The team is also keen to encourage company members to engage with the community by supporting and building partnerships with local organisations, businesses and charities to enhance member’s performance experience and also share our enjoyment of musical theatre with those that benefit from it the most.

Our Team

Kimberly Holden

Kimberly Holden

Founder/ Musical Director

Kimberly trained as a Classical Musician at Hull University, specialising in performance (as a cellist, clarinettist and singer), Renaissance Music and Music Therapy. Completing a PGCE she became a full time Head of music and drama where her childhood love of musical theatre has blossomed for the past twenty years. Currently working part time at Holy Family RC & CE College, Kimberly has time to devote to developing Manchester Music Youth, ensuring that the young people involved have inspiring musical and acting experiences at rehearsals.

Dan Jarvis

Dan Jarvis

Director

Dan has over 10 years worth of experience directing youth theatre and has never failed to be astounded by the talent, passion and professionalism of the young cast members. Dan did his undergraduate at Lancaster University where he studied Theatre and English Literature and was an active part of the university’s theatre society. He has since completed his Masters in Contemporary Literature and Culture at the University of Manchester. As well as his role at MMY he also works for the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art and additional freelance directing

Dave Holden

Dave Holden

Founder / Producer / "Apprentices" MD

A graduate of Salford University where he studied Popular Music and Recording, speacialising in composition and performance as a vocalist, Dave is now an experienced music teacher. He has worked throughout the Manchester area for over 10 years delivering classroom music and music technology to both secondary and primary age students. In addition to his responsibilities within the production side of MMY, Dave is Musical Director for our 8-11 year old group "Apprentices".

Ellie Whitfield

Ellie Whitfield

Co-Director/Technical Manager

Ellie graduated from Lancaster University in Theatre Studies in 2009 and trained in Stage Management at the Crucible Theatre in 2011. Since, Ellie has worked on a variety of performances around Manchester and the North West as a freelance Stage Manager, Technician, Designer and Assistant Director. Ellie has had the pleasure of working with her colleagues and friends, Kimberly, Dave and Dan, professionally for the past two years on a number of critically acclaimed productions. She can safely say that working with the core team of MMY and the marvellous cast of highly skilled young people is the most rewarding and inspiring experiences of her career.