Meet the BYT Team
Confidence. Communication. Creativity.
At Bright Young Things we are so fortunate to have teachers who are as bright, crazy and dramatic as the young people we teach! BYT is built on the strength of its teachers. We are passionate about bringing the expertise of those who have trained and worked with the best to the young, local talent of NI. A big thank you to all of the BYT Team. Here’s to loving going to work every day!
Meet Lisa Duffy
Founder and Director of Bright Young Things Drama, Lisa has a boundless energy and commitment to drama and confidence building for young people in NI. With a Single Honours Degree in Drama from Queen’s University, a Professional Acting degree from the world renowned LAMDA and a PGCE in Primary Education from Roehampton University, Lisa is passionate about continuous professional development and bringing these expertise to the young people of NI.
Alongside running BYT, Lisa has a second organisation offering Presentation and Confidence Building skills to businesses and organisations across NI and continues to lecturer in Performing Arts.
Meet Our BYT Team
At BYT we are so fortunate to have teachers who are as bright, crazy and dramatic as the young people we teach! BYT is built on the strength of its teachers. A big thank you to all of the BYT Team. You are brilliant.Here’s to loving going to work every day!
Meet Hannah Reilly – Lead Facilitator and Manager at BYT?
Hannah graduated from Queens University Belfast with a 2:1 in Drama and English with specialisation in devising, applied and physical theatre. She has also been a freelance drama facilitator for several years working with companies in Belfast such as Nismat and Terra Nova Productions.
Hannah has successfully put several students through their LCM acting exams, with some students winning numerous awards in the Belfast Drama Festival. Having worked as an Activity Therapist with dementia patients and completing her ASD and TEFL training, Hannah has experience working with people from all walks of life.?
Meet Jayne McKenzie – Lead Facilitator and Manager at BYT?
Jayne gained a 1st class honours in Theatre Arts: Acting and Contemporary Theatre Making and has been working as a Theatre and Screen actor since.
Jayne is also a member of the National Youth Theatre and The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Los Angeles: Acting for Film and Television. She has trained in Firearms and weapon training for screen acting and has currently furthering her qualifications with the Irish screen acting masterclasses.
To name a few, Jayne has performed with Cahoots NI; A Midsummer Nights Dream at the Lyric Theatre; devised and performed Submerso at Brighton Fringe Festival and is currently devising a play to perform in Dublin in February 2020.?
Jessica Samoy Plunkett
Mariah is currently studying drama at university and hoping to do further study on the benefits of drama for personal development, and health and wellbeing for individuals. She’s an assistant facilitator with Bright Young Things and loves to learn, especially through play! ?
“What I love most about BYT is the fact that the children develop knowledge and skills for life through the use of drama and play. As well as this, I love seeing the friendships that are made throughout each term. Learning with friends is fun and it’s even better with play!” ?