Memorial for Bill Kenwright from The RYTC

The RYTC team was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of our friend and patron Bill Kenwright CBE. 

Bill was a partner, father, grandfather, great friend and patron. He will be missed by many and this is testament to his giving nature and impact on the theatre and creative arts space. The team wanted to honour his legacy and influence with this memorial page.

The RYTC’s Artistic Director started her career in Bill Kenwright’s work family. Bill told her to go and open her own youth theatre, because ‘being creative is so important for our kids!’ His mantra… “go and do it”!! And if “it” is right – then you can’t fail.”

To name only a fraction of the awards and achievements Bill received are the notable honour of a CBE in 2002, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Theatrical Management Association in 2008, and an honourary BBC Radio 2 special episode of Friday Night in 2017 broadcast from the London Palladium itself. Bill was nominated for a London Theatre Critics’ Award for West Side Story and a Tony Award for Blood Brothers.

This multi-award winning career saw Bill’s West End productions constantly in notable venues such as the RSC, Dominion, Palladium, Apollo and many others. Ensuring his legacy as one of the UK’s most successful theatre producers.

Bill embodied the spirit of empowering young people through creative opportunities. His legacy will be felt and continued through the many groups and communities he supported with the mission of providing opportunities to local young people. Bill made his community and generations of people richer through experiences such as finding like minds, getting creative and fostering confidence in young people.

The RYTC in memory of Bill will continue to “go and do it” as his legacy will continue to empower our team, kids and encourage everyone to be creative.

Our thoughts are with Bill’s family at this difficult time and also with the many people we know he impacted for the better.

RYTC

OUR PEOPLE

HELEN KENWORTHY

HELEN KENWORTHY

Helen is the Founder & Chief Cheerleader at RYTC and ESB. Following time spent working for Bill Kenwright in the West End and nationally recognized Salamander Theatre, RYTC was established 25 years ago to put young people and new talent front and centre. 

Helen’s journey took her into Alternative Provision and The RYTC/Education Selection Box partnership was born. Her mission, for ALL, is to make learning fun and accessible, to encourage ambitious futures and to create professional opportunities across the creative arts.

JOANNE SURMAN

JOANNE SURMAN

Joanne Surman is an accomplished artist and illustrator with a diverse background in advertising and design. She holds a B.A. (hons) in Design and Communication and a Masters degree in Illustration with distinction. Joanne’s career spans various design spheres, including software graphics, 3D modeling, children’s television, website design, and interactive software design for heritage sites. Passionate about illustration, Joanne now focuses solely on writing and creating illustrations for children’s books, utilizing different styles and media. Her talent and dedication were recognized when she won the Stratford/Salariya Picture Book Prize in 2020 for her outstanding book “Snow?,” which she both wrote and illustrated

MILLIE FLASHMAN

MILLIE FLASHMAN

Millie is a dynamic and passionate Partnerships Assistant Artistic Director at RYTC/ESB. Graduating with a History of Arts degree from Warwick University in 2021, she brings a wealth of knowledge and creativity to her role. Millie’s core passion lies in providing transformative art-based experiences that blend self-expression, mental health awareness, and therapeutic benefits for people of all ages. With a focus on sharing her creative skills and interests, she finds fulfillment in giving the public access to enriching art experiences. Millie’s dedication to bringing creativity and therapeutic benefits together makes her a valuable asset to the partnership.

MELANIE PONTE

MELANIE PONTE

Melanie is an architecture student from Caracas, Venezuela. She specializes in marketing, brand building, and social media management. She effectively manages social media channels to develop brands and closely collaborates with the publishing team. Melanie’s diverse skill set, coupled with her passion for continuous learning and proficiency in multiple languages, makes her an invaluable asset.

DOLAPO LAWAL

DOLAPO LAWAL

Dolapo is a project manager at RYTC and ESB, as well as an aspiring business consultant. With over 3 years of experience as a top-level executive assistant to C-Level executives, Dolapo is dedicated to driving business growth and managing project operations. Dolapo holds a bachelor’s degree in Foreign Languages, along with other qualifications in Project Management and Corporate Finance.

Additionally, Dolapo is passionate about advocating for Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG-4), which focuses on ensuring inclusive and quality education for all. Dolapo firmly believes that access to quality education has been a crucial gift that has propelled her forward in life.

KEF WILLIAMS

KEF WILLIAMS

Kefto is a Young Creative Professional currently based in Lagos, Nigeria, with 4 years of industry experience. He has worked for companies across various sectors, including tech, B2C businesses, and real estate. Kefto’s primary goal is to tell compelling stories through his designs while helping businesses achieve their objectives. Proficient in Adobe tools like Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects, and Premiere Pro, he excels in graphic design, motion design, and video editing. With a degree in computer science, Kefto possesses a strong tech background and stays updated with the latest digital trends. His excellent communication skills enable him to understand client needs and deliver successful projects.

ELORA GREY

ELORA GREY

Elora is a performer and tutor who received training at the London College of Music. Despite facing chronic health conditions, she has emerged as a passionate advocate for inclusivity within the performing arts. Introduced to theatre at a young age by her grandfather, Elora developed a love for various genres of dance, physical theatre, and singing, and eventually focused on musical theatre. She has achieved notable milestones, including touring with Josh Groban’s choir and obtaining certifications in Estill vocal training and Musical Theatre Performance (LLCM). Recently, Elora completed her BA in Musical Theatre. For more details about her experience, please visit her Spotlight profile: https://www.spotlight.com/9373-6728-5590.

DORCAS BORE

DORCAS BORE

Dorcas Bore is a dedicated virtual assistant from Nairobi, Kenya. With a focus on administration, she handles the administrative tasks for Education Selection Box and The Complete Works. Dorcas has gained valuable experience in creating and editing notebooks. Her expertise also extends to project management, web development, and customer support. In previous roles, she has managed IT projects, provided administrative support, handled customer inquiries, and managed social media accounts. Outside of work, Dorcas enjoys traveling, exploring new places and hotels, and experiencing different cuisines.

CHEPKORIR BORE

CHEPKORIR BORE

Chepkorir (Chep)  is a dedicated virtual assistant from Nairobi, Kenya. With expertise in research and writing, she creates engaging content for Education Selection Box and The Complete Works. She specializes in designing and editing children’s notebooks and optimizing their discoverability on Amazon KDP with Publisher Rocket. Additionally, she excels in project management, ensuring efficient task completion and providing administrative support. Outside work, she enjoys exploring Kenya’s scenic landscapes and discovering new culinary experiences.

WILL BARLOWE

WILL BARLOWE

Will Barlowe is a university student studying international affairs and diplomacy, with a strong ambition to pursue a career in this field? Alongside his studies, he has been tutoring English and mathematics for several years, finding great joy in assisting students in honing their skills and achieving success. Additionally, Will actively contributes to the Education Selection Box by participating in an education-centered podcast, where he engages in conversations with students to review the services provided and gain insights from their experiences. For more information about Will, please visit his LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/william-barlowe-331198230.

JULES WOODMAN

JULES WOODMAN

Jules is an actor and director with experience in TV, film and on stage. A one time co owner and artistic director of a successful community theatre company, Jules is now the creative force behind a bespoke murder mystery company, Little Miss Murder. Jules has worked as an associate director with RYTC for 12 years and enjoys creating new projects that cater specifically for the RYTC audience.
STANLEY IGBOANUGO

STANLEY IGBOANUGO

Stanley is a web designer and digital marketing enthusiast. He specializes in website maintenance for the RYTC and Education Selection Box. With a portfolio that includes collaborations with organizations like Harvest Growth, Arreva, Nuzest, Never Lose The Deal, and Globat Oil and Gas Skills, Stanley brings a wealth of experience to his work.