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Sarah Van Parys on YEP Directors

The Odyssey: Missing Presumed Dead in rehearsal

Sarah Van Parys graduated from our two-year YEP Directors course this summer, and is currently working on a three month placement with us as part of the Regional Theatre Young Directors Scheme.

This has given her the opportunity to work as assistant director of the Everyman & Playhouse and English Touring Theatre’s current production of The Odyssey: Missing Presumed Dead, alongside our associate director Nick Bagnall.

“To be able to work with a full crew on a professional production is just so fulfilling. I just love the whole process and thrive on the pressure.”

Sarah, now 24 and originally from Preston, graduated from Liverpool John Moores University with a degree in drama, working on fringe shows in her spare time to develop her skills. However, it was the level of professional help and advice available to her as a member of YEP that eventually enabled her to progress to the next level. YEP’s artistic director Matt Rutter suggested she apply for the RTYD scheme.

"YEP have been so supportive, and not just in terms of putting shows on – they’re always there to talk to and offer feedback and advice.”