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Trustee: Hannah Smith

Dress Circle

Young theatre practitioner

Hannah is a life-long Streatham resident. Her grandparents grew up in Lambeth and moved to Streatham in the 70s. Alongside studying for her A Levels and seeing West End productions, Hannah has been volunteering for the Friends as a member of the Comms team.

Having attended Stagecoach for 10 years, and achieving LAMDA Grade 8 Acting, Hannah is now an active member of Brixton Youth Theatre. From taking part in performances by schools and local drama groups, she understands how valuable it is to have venues for young people to perform in. Recently, Hannah has been volunteering as a Brixton Youth Theatre ambassador for WOW’s (Women of the World Foundation) Creative Careers programme for 13-18 year olds. Hannah is using her experience as a young person in the performing arts to help the Friends involve the younger generation in the campaign. 

A class project on Streatham’s history in primary school sparked Hannah’s interest in her area’s past as the ‘West End of South London.’ Growing up, Hannah heard stories from family members about what Streatham was like at its prime several decades ago. In 2014/15, her parents went to the STC Halloween nights and they were in awe of how the theatre was frozen in time yet sad about the poor state it was in. Although Hannah was too young to see inside the theatre, she continued following the campaign. In November 2018, Hannah took part in the Friends’ flashmob campaigning for the Asset of Community Value status for the theatre, and since then her enthusiasm for the campaign has continued.