Meet The Tutors

Read below to find out a little bit of information about our tutors at Store Room Youth Theatre!


Claire Bailey-Day

Act 4's tutor (and Founder of Store Room!) Claire had her first taste of acting at the age of 11, performing at The Queens Theatre Hornchurch. Going on to study at Chickenshed (and opening two outreach groups connected to the company in Barking and Dagenham)  Claire later returned to The Queens, working in various roles, where she was a part of the theatre for 25 years. Claire is a bit of an all rounder and looks forward to creating imaginative and creative work with our young actors at Store Room!


Emily Balham

Act 2/3's tutor Emily has always had a passion for the arts: whether it be in drama, music, digital/visual arts or the like! Having studied a BA Theatre at Brunel University which included specialisms such as Physical/Musical/Digital/Avant Garde theatre, Emily looks forward to challenging the young actors to create pieces that an audience will be 'wow-ed' by!

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Abbie Coulson

Act 1/2 Co-Tutor Abbie got her first taste of drama at the age of 9 at CPA in Romford. Since joining Store Room, Abbie has both written and co-directed pieces for Act 1 inspired by how much excitement and energy they bring each week. She loves seeing them gain confidence on stage and watch them develop key skills that they will take through life! Abbie also works as a Swimming Coach at David Lloyd!

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Ellie Hutley

Act 1/2 Co-Tutor Ellie has been in the Arts for many years! Having been part of the Queens Youth Theatre for over 11 years, Ellie also studied drama at GCSE and A Level. Due to her experience in Dance, Ellie has also had the opportunity to teach dance and musical theatre workshops, as well as work as an Entertainer with Thomas Cook!

Ellie loves how Act 1 light up the room with every session and feels inspired by their creative energy!

Encore Actors


At Store Room, we offers Act 3 and 4 actors a chance to be "Encore Actors". Our Encore Actors help support the younger actors in their respective sessions.

Our current Act 3 Encore Actor are Poppy and our current Act 4 Encore Actors are Evie and Millie. The idea of Encore Actors is to give them experience and training in working with younger members in the youth theatre. They run warm-ups and support drama activities as well as being role models to those in Act 1 and 2.