Alton Brown is a freelance Project Manager, specialising in Learning & Participatory Arts activities that engage children and young people. Having started out in Arts Administration over seven years ago at the Royal National Theatre, Alton has successfully gone on to support and lead on projects within the education departments of some of London’s largest youth-centred arts organisations, including the Royal Opera House, Southbank Centre, Roundhouse and Lyric Hammersmith. Alton is extremely passionate about theatre, although his work has encompassed a wide range of cross art form activities, ranging from dance, poetry and singing, to music, backstage arts and film. Recent projects include The Royal Opera House’s main stage production of The Crackle, an opera written by Matthew Herbert for the ROH’s 50-strong Youth Opera Company of 7-13 year olds, as well as the Theatre Royal Haymarket’s TheatreCraft event which catered for over 1300 young people wanting to develop a career in the backstage arts. Alongside his career within the arts, Alton is also an athlete and coach within the sport of Karate, representing the Great Britain National Team at the highest possible level. In line with this, Alton regularly works with children and young people through after-school clubs, seminars and bespoke training days, supporting their progress at events throughout the world, most recently New Zealand and Belgium. Alton is also a member of ‘Extend’ 2014/15, a Leadership Programme for learning and education professionals working in the arts and cultural sectors.