Helen Stanley is Artistic Director of Lewisham Youth Theatre.
She trained as an actor and performed professionally in theatre and TIE, before turning to directing. Over the years, it became harder to find scripts that reflected the lives of the participants, so she began writing plays. She has written around fifteen plays for ages eight to twenty-five, mainly devised and written with young people. They include Space Girl, first performed by Lewisham Youth Theatre at the Broadway Theatre, London.