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Croydon Youth Theatre Organisation (CYTO) has been serving the young people of Croydon for over 50 years. Located in Oakley Road, South Norwood, CYTO provides young people aged 6-19 with drama and technical theatre workshops and the chance to appear in productions. Our award-winning professional team teach theatrical skills to our members in a safe environment, encouraging personal development and boosting the young people’s confidence. These activities immensely enrich our members’ lives and the communities from which they come, offering new experiences and support networks.

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Responses to the question "How has CYTO influenced you?". Larger words indicate the number of times that response was given.

The very first CYTO ad!


  • To provide opportunities for young people to develop and create live theatre and performance that is fun, inclusive and relevant to their lives.

  • To equip young people with the confidence, resilience and skills to fulfil their potential and support their wellbeing.

  • To develop partnerships with schools, youth organisations and community groups, and engage volunteers in widening participation.

  • To be truly diverse and inclusive in all our practices and activities, reflecting the communities we serve.

"CYTO IS...."

"Being with wonderful like-minded people who will accept you whoever you are and no matter what your background"

“A place of opportunity. You learn techniques and get chances to perform in productions and show skills you have.” 

"A fun, friendly environment where you get lots of friends and practically a new family"

"A fun place where you can express your feelings, expand on your skills and make friends"


"An amazing place to build confidence and to meet new people"

"CYTO probably literally saved my life: I cannot see that my life story as it had previously been unfolding could have had a happy ending"


Artistic Director

Andrew McPherson

Digital Development Officer

Yuxuan Liu 

Lead Drama Facilitator

Daisy Barrett-Nash

Choir Facilitator

Vanessa Heine

Freelance Designer

Henry Fong

Volunteer Workshop Assistant

Teejay Hurley

Management Committee

David Page (Chair)

Sheril Chase

Adrienne Cluer

Lynda Morgan

Mary Wolf


Rikki Beadle-Blair

Board of Trustees

Sarah Beer

Norman Murray

David Page

Katie Pekacar

Melanie Southan


Find out more about our policies HERE

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