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Joanna Leppink
Joanna Leppink

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JOINED YAT
2008

TESTIMONIAL

I joined YAT at 16; I was in the middle of my GCSEs at a school I hated, my parents had just told me they getting a divorce, my brother had left for university and I was trying to hold everything together a bit whilst simultaneously trying to figure out what I wanted to do in terms of University and all sorts of other terrifying big life-decisions. I joined YAT knowing only one person in the company and, at the time, the idea of entering a room full of strangers terrified me - I'm still not sure where I found the guts that day. Right from the very start, I was aware of the feeling community in the room and within a few weeks an older member of YAT took me to one side and expressed concern for my wellbeing, suggested I should sort myself out, asked if I needed any help. Things started to get a bit better from there.

I have now been part of YAT for six years, in that time I've been involved in acting, directing and writing as well as learning technical skills like lighting, sound and set building. YAT also encouraged me to go and pursue Technical Drama at University - though in honesty I learnt more from YAT's hands-on approach than I did in my entire time at university. On a basic level, YAT has given me incredible friends, a lot of confidence, a chance to write new plays and be involved in every aspect of theatre (thanks to set building I'm now also pretty damn good at DIY) and on a less basic level, they provided me with somewhere productive to go when I didn't want to be at home and I didn't want to be school; I had somewhere I could go if I wanted to talk about it but at the same time, it was also the perfect escape if I didn't want to talk about it; if I wanted to channel all my energy into something productive and take my mind off everything. At a time when I was suddenly expected to be a grown up and had no idea how to go about that, it was the only place I could go and act my age (no pun intended).

There's a lot of pride and satisfaction to be taken in a finished production and YAT works so much on the idea of 'you get out what you put in' - there's no time or place for diva attitudes, everybody chips in and helps out; as a result we're a strong unit and incredibly loyal. This motto seems to go further than productions, people help you out when you're going through a rough patch and you return the favour. In a lot of ways, 16-25 is a really strange age range, so much happens during that time in terms of education and jobs and family and it's probably the span in which you change the most in your life; none of us are the same people at 25 that we were at 16 and there's a lot that can influence how you turn out - for better or worse, I feel like YAT is a giant push in the right direction. I can state without shadow of a doubt that I wouldn't be who I am now were it not for YAT.


YAT CREDITS
(under development)

Elizabeth I (2008)
Hampton Hill Theatre, United Kingdom
CAST  : "Hatton" | "Martin"

Drama Festival 2009 (2009)
Collis School, United Kingdom
CREW : Director
CAST  : "Director"

The Taming of the Shrew (2010)
Hampton Hill Theatre, United Kingdom
CAST  : "Cynthia"

Mixed Doubles (2010)
Hampton Hill Theatre, United Kingdom
CAST  : "Woman"

The Crucible (2011)
Hampton Hill Theatre, United Kingdom
CAST  : "Goody Hopkins"

Lost & Found / The Duchess of Malfi (2011)
Hampton Hill Theatre, United Kingdom
CAST  : "Courtier" | "Mad Person"

The Duchess of Malfi (2011)
theSpace on North Bridge, United Kingdom
CAST  : "Courtier" | "Mad Person"

The Rover (2012)
Hampton Hill Theatre, United Kingdom
CAST  : "A Woman"

Genghis Khan - Child of the Blue Wolf (2012)
Arthur Cotterell Theatre, United Kingdom
CREW : Lighting Assistant (Follow Spot)

Spring Awakening - A New Musical (2012)
Hampton Hill Theatre, United Kingdom
CREW : Photography (Rehearsals)

Doctor Faustus (2013)
Hampton Hill Theatre, United Kingdom
CREW : Photography

Confusions (2013)
Hampton Hill Theatre, United Kingdom
CREW : Assistant SM | Properties | Photography

The Way of the World (2013)
Hampton Hill Theatre, United Kingdom
CREW : Photography (Rehearsals)

The Way of the World (2013)
theSpace @ Venue 45, United Kingdom
CREW : Photography (Rehearsals)

A Slice of Saturday Night (2013)
Hampton Hill Theatre, United Kingdom
CREW : Poster/Flyer Designer
CAST  : "Sue"

Winter Festival 2014 (2014)
Hampton Hill Theatre, United Kingdom
CREW : Director | Photography

Peer Gynt (2014)
Hampton Hill Theatre, United Kingdom
CREW : Assistant SM | Set Construction | Photography

Animal Farm (2014)
Hampton Hill Theatre, United Kingdom
CREW : Photography (Rehearsals)
CAST  : "Young Pig" | "The Cat"

Into The Woods (2014)
Hampton Hill Theatre, United Kingdom
CAST  : "Cinderella's Step-Mother"

Winter Festival 2015 (2015)
Hampton Hill Theatre, United Kingdom
CREW : Director | Photography (Rehearsals)

Great Expectations (2015)
Hampton Hill Theatre, United Kingdom
CREW : Assistant SM | Photography

DNA & All's Well That Ends Well (2015)
Hampton Hill Theatre, United Kingdom
CREW : Photography
CAST  : "Mariana"

All's Well That Ends Well (2015)
theSpace @ Niddry St (v9), United Kingdom
CREW : Photography
CAST  : "Mariana"

Urinetown the Musical (2015)
Hampton Hill Theatre, United Kingdom
CREW : Photography (Rehearsals)
CAST  : "Little Becky Two Shoes"

Twelfth Night (2016)
Hampton Hill Theatre, United Kingdom
CREW : Director

Tom's Midnight Garden (2016)
Hampton Hill Theatre, United Kingdom
CREW : Photography

The Trial of Hansel & Gretel (2016)
The Woodland Gardens, United Kingdom
CREW : Photography (Rehearsals)
CAST  : "Witch"

The Erpingham Camp (2016)
Hampton Hill Theatre, United Kingdom
CREW : Photography

The Government Inspector (2017)
Hampton Hill Theatre, United Kingdom
CAST  : "The Sergeant's Wife"

Attempts on Her Life (2017)
Hampton Hill Theatre, United Kingdom
CREW : Photography | Programme

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