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Croydon Youth Theatre Organisation (CYTO) is the longest running youth theatre in the borough. Established in 1965, have been in service to young people for nearly sixty years. Located in Oakley Road, South Norwood, CYTO provides young people aged 6-19 with an innovative programme of workshops in acting, production & technical theatre, producing & event planning, script writing and the chance to appear in over six productions a year. Our award-winning professional team share theatrical skills with our members in a safe environment, encouraging personal development and boosting physical and mental wellbeing. These activities immensely enrich our members’ lives and the diverse communities from which they come, offering new experiences, employability skills 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 affordable and accessible opportunities for young people to create live theatre performances that are fun, inclusive and relevant to their lives.

  • To equip young people with space and expertise to develop key employability skills:- self-management, problem-solving, teamwork, communication and self-belief. 

  • To develop partnerships with schools, youth organisations and community groups to encourage a profound and meaningful appreciation for the arts.

  • 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"


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

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


Artistic Director

Andrew McPherson

Digital Development Officer

Yuxuan Liu 

Drama Facilitators

Alfiah Brown

Daisy Barrett-Nash

Freelance Designer

Henry Fong

Volunteer Workshop Assistant

Teejay Hurley

Luna Pracy

Management Committee

David Page (Chair)

Joanne Boon

Sheril Chase

Adrienne Cluer

Lynda Morgan

Mary Wolf


Dr. Rikki Beadle-Blair MBE

Board of Trustees

Bianca Beckles-Rose

Donna-Maria Crookes

Cheryl Govan

David Page

Katie Pekacar

Laura Perry

Anna Shields

Melanie Southan


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