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This is Our Youth

"As it happens, this was the third incarnation of “This Is Our Youth” that I’ve seen in the past three years...and it was the best.”

- Cynthia Zarin, The New Yorker


Stella Powell-Jones


Kenneth Lonergan


Playground Theatre



De Souza

Sebastian de Souza is an actor & writer. First appearing, aged 16, in the role of Matty Levan in Channel 4’s Bafta-Award Winning drama Skins.

Subsequently he has played leading roles in Neil Jordan’s Showtime-produced series, ‘The Borgias’, opposite Jeremy Irons & Holliday Grainger; ABC’s addiction drama ‘Recovery Road’.


Jessamine-Bliss Bell

Jessamine trained at Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute, her film credits include: Dragonheart: Battle For the Heartfire, My Best Friend’s Wedding, 2015 Annee Quelconque (Les Fils De -short), Smart Talks with Yayoi Kusama (short AirFrance TV), and A Brooklyn Love Story (short).


Morgan Watkins

Morgan trained at RADA has performed at The National Theatre, Almeida Theatre, and The Watford Palace Theatre. Theatre credits include: Saved and Desire Under the Elms (Lyric Hammersmith). Television credits include: The Hour, Harlots, Peep Show, The Mill, The Pity of War, Silent Witness, George Gently, and Silk. Film credits include: Wild Bill, Kingsman The Secret Service, Suffragette, Chicken, A Little Chaos, The Mad Axeman, Anna, and The Limehouse Golem.


Kenneth Lonergan

Kenneth Lonergan (born October 16, 1962) is an American film director, playwright, and screenwriter. He is best known for co-writing Gangs of New York (2002), and for writing and directing You Can Count On Me (2000), Margaret (2011), and Manchester by the Sea (2016). Lonergan earned an Academy Award nomination as Best Director for Manchester by the Sea, and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for You Can Count On Me, Gangs of New York, and Manchester by the Sea, winning for the latter at the 89th Academy Awards. He also won the BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay for Manchester by the Sea at the 70th British Academy Film Awards.


Stella Powell-Jones

Stella (trained at Yale University) is Deputy Director of the Jermyn Street Theatre. U.K. credits include: Associate Directing Caryl Churchill’s Escaped Alone (Royal Court/International Tour), Florian Zeller’s The Father (West End/National Tour) & access work for EXTANT—a visually impaired theatre company. 


In the U.S. recent credits include: world premiere of Samuel D. Hunter's The Healing (Theatre Breaking Through Boundaries, NYC), the West Coast premiere of Nick Jones's Trevor (Circle X Theatre), and Bathsheba Doran's The Mystery of Love and Sex (Signature Theatre). 


Stella has developed work with The Kennedy Center, The Huntington Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, New York Stage & Film, Playwrights Realm & Primary Stages, amongst others.

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