Lucy Hirst founded TYP in 2015 after graduating from the University of Exeter and recognising a need for more diverse, high quality creative opportunities for young people in the city. Lucy is an award-winning theatre director dedicated to developing the status and standard of high quality participatory arts practice. She is driven by work that speaks authentically of people and places, demands greater representation on our stages, and work that continues to challenge the theatre industry until makers of all backgrounds are recognised and valued as contributors to this country’s arts ecology.

Alongside TYP, Lucy has created shows for the Theatre Royal Plymouth's Drum stage, including 2019's CITIZEN, and the National Theatre's Dorfman stage. In 2019 she was Associate Director with Headlong Theatre at the Bristol Old Vic, and was Staff Director at the Theatre Royal Plymouth 2018-2020.

Lucy is currently on maternity leave.



Katherine first worked with TYP as Assistant Director on I'm Spilling My Heart Out Here in 2016 whilst she was completing her degree at the University of Exeter. After moving back to Devon in early 2017, Katherine came on board as the company's Executive Director, and lead Producer.


Alongside TYP, Katherine has worked as Assistant Producer for arts hub Kaleider since 2018, working primarily on BBC project New Creatives, commissioning work from young artists for BBC platforms. She has also produced for Quirk Theatre and runs weekly writing workshops in term time for young writers aged 11-19.

Katherine is also a poet and playwright. Her poetry collection 'a punch to the nose and other heart-related things' was released in 2018. For the stage she has written Not Our Turn for TYP; Women Like You for Flip The Bird Theatre; BADLANDS for the Theatre Royal Plymouth; and Are You Comfortable?  for Camden People's Theatre and the Exeter Phoenix.