Artistic Director

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Egyptian YouTheatre Director Jamie Wilcox believes theatre can change the world and her master plan to make it happen is introducing young people to theatre as performers, behind-the-scenes magicians, and audience members!

Jamie graduated from the University of Utah’s distinguished Actor Training Program in 2004 and holds an MA in Applied Theatre (Theatre in the Community and Theatre in Education) from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. During her time at the U of U she became an instructor for the Youth Theatre at the U where she discovered that introducing kids to theatre and watching them shine on stage was as thrilling as being on stage herself! After eight years at the Youth Theatre at the U, she moved to London to pursue her Masters where she facilitated drama workshops with varying groups, using drama participation to: help primary school children with speech, language, and communication needs breakthrough these barriers through storytelling and dramatic play (with the London Bubble’s Speech Bubbles initiative); aid secondary school children with learning disabilities and mental health needs find a sense of self and community through participating in creative arts projects and theatre games (with GroOops); encourage support, connection, and discovery of self-worth in a group setting for women in recovery from drug and alcohol misuse, using theatre and drama techniques to help them create healthy support systems, gain confidence and a sense of self, and replace hazardous risk-taking behaviors with fulfilling and rewarding risk-taking through performance (with Outside Edge Theatre Company). Upon completing her MA in 2011, she returned to the states and soon became Director of Egyptian YouTheatre. While furloughed during the Covid-19 pandemic, she started her own creative arts company, Play is the Thing, which still keeps her busy producing new work, offering outdoor and in-studio classes in SLC & PC, and providing creative consultancy to schools and businesses.

Beyond theatre, Jamie loves to read, sew, bake, eat dark chocolate, Skype with people who have British accents, play with Salinger (a dog who thinks he’s a human), and most especially spend time with her most favorite person on the planet, her daughter Aidan.