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Sarah Jones
Artistic Director
Sarah Jones, Artistic Director
Hello, I’m Sarah, Artistic Director of Mess Up The Mess which means I get to do lots of different things such as developing and delivering our creative programmes as well as running Tuesday and Thursday night Youth Theatre sessions in the Amman Valley and Community Action Projects across Wales. This means I get to work with lots of young people every day so I can hear all their ideas and support them to turn these into art which is lots of fun! I studied at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth gaining a BA(Hons) in Drama and went on to train at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts gaining a Postgraduate Diploma in Theatre Directing. I have always been passionate about the power of Youth Arts to transform young people’s lives as it made such huge difference to me while I was growing up. I love to have my family and all my friends around me especially when there is a party going on and my most annoying habit in the office is probably asking for support with my IT issues – I swear its the laptop and not me!

Jay Smith
Volunteer Engagement Co-Ordinator
JayHello I’m Jay I am the Volunteer Engagement Co-Ordinator for Mess Up The Mess and I coordinate the Community Tech Volunteering Project. I trained at Rose Bruford College where I achieved a BA(hons) Acting. I then went on to work as a professional actress and workshop facilitator in London for a number of years before returning to Wales to complete my PGCE in Post Compulsory Education. My favourite form of theatre is immersive theatre and love being transported to another world when watching a show. I love being on the beach with my Labrador and husband and take any opportunity to have a paddle in the sea! My worst habit in the MUTM office is getting drawn into other people’s conversations.

Jo Shackley
Youth Arts Officer
Hi I’m Jo the Youth Arts Officer for Mess Up The Mess. I support the running of MUTM and youth arts sessions and run workshops across South Wales. I also support the Peer Leader Volunteering Training that we run annually. I graduated from Swansea Metropolitan University achieving a BA(hons) in Performing Arts. My favourite form of theatre is Physical Theatre, I have had the amazing opportunity to perform with Volcano Theatre Company and Elan Wales in Italy and France. My passion for Physical Theatre started when I studied Performing Arts in Coleg Sir Gar. I love my makeup (it’s a bit of an obsession) and also love my cat and dog (which the young people know very well). My most annoying habit in the Mess Up The Mess office is forgetting and losing my keys.

Youth Arts Inclusion Worker

Cassidy Smith 


Stacey Mangan
Administrative Officer
Hands on a keyboard
Hi. I’m Stacey the Administrator for Mess Up the Mess. I’m the one who works behind the scenes – not backstage but you’ll usually find me in the office headquarters behind my desk surrounded by lots of files, spreadsheets.