Echo Youth Theatre is run by volunteers and works with volunteers.   If you are interested in joining our team, as a volunteer supporting our activities, please get in touch.  We also have a Friends scheme, if you wish to support us financially. Or if you wish to sponsor some activities for a young person, take a look at our Youth Enabling Sponsorship (YES) scheme.


Echo Youth Theatre is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company and run by a Board of Directors, who are all volunteers.

Jo Myers

Jo Myers is a co-founder and Company Director of Echo Youth Theatre. She is responsible for the organisation of the Company and is also the Producer and Production Manager for all our shows.  She regularly also leads on costume design and makes our props.

Jo is an ex-Army officer and HR Manager, now retired from paid work. Alongside EYT, she supports a number of other theatre companies with props making.

Dan Rayner

Dan Rayner is a co-founder and company director of Echo Youth Theatre. Dan is one of our Artistic Directors and has directed some of our past shows, most recently co-directing with Chris Davidson.

Dan has worked professionally onstage and off – from acting, directing and crewing, to designing and company management.  He is currently Head of Drama at Hellesdon High School.

Dave Myers

One of the Echo co-founders and Directors, Dave oversees the Technical aspects of the Company, supported by a team of volunteers.

Dave has been volunteering on the Norfolk theatre scene for over 15 years and has stage managed, crewed and teched over 80 shows across dozens of venues in Norfolk. An ex-Army officer, he is now a self-employed Project Manager working in the PFI sector.

Chris Davidson

Chris joined the Board of Directors in 2022 as an Artistic Director.  He regularly directs our shows and is responsible for our programme of activities and shows.

Trained at Mountview Academy of the Arts, Chris worked professionally as a singer and musical theatre performer across the world, before returning to Norwich.

Chris now runs his own Vocal Coaching service as well as working a day job.



Echo Youth Theatre’s Management Team consists of volunteers who bring their numerous skills and talents to support Echo Youth Theatre in producing our high quality, wide range of activities.

Charley Nicol

Charley is EYT’s Activities Co-ordinator and she oversees our workshop and projects programme.  Charley has been involved with EYT since 2019 and has become one of our regular Directors on our productions. Charley also runs our BNHF holiday activities projects.

Charley has been on stage since she was 10 performing regularly in youth theatre in Norwich. Inspired by her love of puppetry, Charley completed a degree in Visual Theatre at Edge Hill University covering a variety of performance techniques. By day she works at the Dinosaur Park in events management.


Jenni Newman

As EYT’s graphic designer, Jenni is responsible for the artwork on our posters and the design of our professional quality programmes.

With a Masters in Film Studies and BA (Hons) in Humanities with Literature, Jenni works as a Graphic Designer for a local media company where she designs magazines, and writes a film page for one of its titles utilising her extensive knowledge of film and theatre.  When not working, Jenni has been involved in local amateur theatre in both Suffolk and Norfolk for over 20 years, and has been Assistant Director on several of EYT’s musicals in the past.

Nina Green

Nina  is EYT’s marketing manager and she oversees the Company’s media output and advises the management team.

Nina is a former broadcast journalist and radio news editor but has spent the majority of her career in media management and communications for a large public sector organisation.

Nina has always loved all aspects of theatre with a particular love for musicals.

Acer Smith

Acer trained at Aldeburgh Young Musicians, a prestigious Centre for Advanced Training for young musicians, and was also a Category Audition finalist for BBC Young Musician of the Year 2020.  Since volunteering for EYT, Acer has worked on multiple shows as either Musical Director or Assistant Musical Director both with EYT, local schools and other theatre groups.  Acer studied theatre tech at sixth form college and has also been responsible for sound and light design on several of our shows.  Acer is currently applying for university to study music with the aim of becoming a professional Musical Director


Kymm Loveday

Kymm has been EYT’s Stage Manager since it’s first show in 2018 and has now extended her contribution to include costume and prop making as well as training the next generation of stage managers.

Kymm has been involved with amateur theatre groups in Norfolk for many years. Although normally backstage, she sometimes takes to the stage as well.  Kymm is a Mental Health Nurse by day.

Colin Nicol

Colin has been involved with EYT since it formed and as well as being our regular stage crew and helping with set builds, Colin is also blessed with van ownership and has the proud title of “our man with a van”!  Colin is also actively involved in supporting other theatre groups in Norwich.

The owner of Dereham Glass and Unit Mate, Colin finds time to support EYT around his busy business and family life.

Cathy Wilson

Cathy has been with EYT since it’s inception and she has been Assistant Director on a number of shows.  Cathy regularly performs and dances with other theatre groups in Norfolk.

With a BA (Hons) in Drama and Literature and MSc Business Management, Cathy combines her love of the arts with her marketing and management skills in everyday life, working in Payroll by day and rehearsing by night. 

Emma Marrison

Emma has been involved as a volunteer with EYT since it’s first show in 2018 and we are delighted to welcome her formally to the management team as our Chaperone Co-ordinator.

Emma leads a busy family life but is always willing to volunteer for tasks from coordinating backstage supervision, to painting set and making costumes.

Designated Safeguarding Lead

We are currently in the process of appointing a new designated safeguarding lead.

The role is currently being covered by Dan Rayner.


We currently have a vacancy on our management team – if you would like to be a part of inspiring the new generation of theatre makers and performers, please get in touch.

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