Sara Allkins


Academic Qualifications

BA Hons Degree Politics and English                 York University                                                                      1986

Btec National Diploma Performing Arts  Thomas Danby College 1996

Masters Degree Theatre Studies  Leeds University  1997


Freelance Drama Practitioner Scunthorpe YouthTheatre 1997-1999

Sessional Drama Worker  Leeds City Council  2000-2011

Freelance Drama Practitioner Lincoln Green Youth Theatre 2001-2003

Actor  West Yorkshire Playhouse Schools Company  2002

Volunteer Coordinator   West Yorkshire Youth Assoc.    2003-2009

Freelance Drama Practitioner Leeds City Art Gallery  2007

Artist/Storyteller   I Love West Leeds Festival  2007-2013

Actor/Deviser  Pacitti Company @LBT  2008

Director Life Act   Open Minds Theatre Company 2009-2011

Youth Theatre Director   Youth Theatres Leeds  2009-Ongoing

Activities Coordinator  Caring Together  2011-2014

Coordinator Day Service   Kirkgate Centre   2014-2015

Performer/Collaborator Transform 15 WYP  2015

Coordinator Cara Project Leeds Irish Health and Homes 2015-Ongoing

I work with Communities, Children and Young People in both formal and informal education settings. I use drama and storytelling techniques to explore issues and subject areas to increase participant’s understanding and interest. I design and deliver bespoke drama sessions either as a one off ‘kickstart’ to a scheme of work or as an integral part of an ongoing project.

I deliver Youth Theatre Sessions weekly in Leeds and have coordinated and directed productions in community venues, Leeds City Varieties and the West Yorkshire Playhouse.

For 14 years I delivered weekly drama sessions for Leeds Adult Services in two centres for Adults with physical and sensory disabilities, creating shows and performing at the centres and theatre venues.

I work with volunteers to design training plans to meet their needs and those of the project in hand. I recruit, support and organise volunteers to enable the realisation of community projects.

I organise, design and disperse publicity materials to recruit participants and advertise events. I am used to liaising across statutory, voluntary and community sectors in order to set up tours, shows and workshop events. I source venues; artists and funding in collaboration with group members to develop their skills for performance and for life.

I have recently delivered a series of lectures at Leeds Metropolitan University on Youth Theatre as part of their BA course in Youth And Community Work. This involved coordinating a reading list and assignments and delivering practical sessions in drama.

I was the Director of Life Act for Open Minds Theatre Company in Rotherham; Life Act is the performing company for Adults with Learning Disabilities. I trained volunteers with learning disabilities to facilitate sessions and support the actors.  I also ran the community choir for families there.

My work as a writer and performer has been produced with the West Yorkshire Playhouse Touring Company and has been presented as part of Degenerate II, the disability arts festival in Edinburgh.

I believe passionately in the power of the arts to enable change in both communities and individuals; my work as a practitioner and project manager reflects and informs this passion.


  • Clean Full Driving License/Accessible Minibus trained. Own car
  • Current Enhanced DBS Check
  • First Aid Trained
  • Bronze Arts Award Advisor
  • Excel Spreadsheet trained
  • Microsoft and Mac OSX
  • Public Liability Insurance £10 million
  • Lead Singer ‘Les Vegas and the International Playboys of Rhythm’ 10 piece Swing band


Michelle Cunningham Leeds City Council Training & Development manager

Jane Earnshaw: Inspire Coordinator LCC

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