Theatre is the best amplifier for young voices | Shannon-Mae Toyne | [email protected]

"Transferable skills" is a term bounced around by educators and employers alike. A desirable quality is used as a deciding factor in our futures, but what emphasis is put upon the importance of subjects like drama, which equips young people with a valuable tool kit needed to perform and communicate well in all industries?

Shannon is a theatremaker, writer, teacher and company director from Scunthorpe who specialises in theatre for young people. She studied at Bishop Grosseteste University in Lincoln. After graduating in 2016 with a BA in Applied Drama with Visual Arts, went on to complete her PGCE with Hull University in 2018. Shannon found her love of theatre at age 11 and began working in the industry as a freelancer at 18. She launched her theatre school, Duckegg Theatre Lincolnshire and North Nottinghamshire, in 2019, which is now thriving and expanding across Lincoln and its boroughs. In 2021 Shannon was named one of Lincolnshire's 30 under 30 to watch. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at
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