The Young Actors Theatre provides drama classes, workshops and productions for young people with the aim of training them for professional careers in the performing arts. It aims to have fun through drama, develop social and life skills, foster an appreciation of the arts and develop talent through an accessible community environment.
Classes are divided into those aimed at children aged 6-11, children aged 11-16 and young adults aged 16 and over.
Despite maintaining it status as an after school activity centre, as opposed to a drama school (something Scher herself was adamant about), the theatre grew to accommodate a theatrical agency, finding professional work for both its young students and for the increasing number of adults who attended the community classes introduced later. As Scher's alumni became known for their distinctively natural acting style (often credited to her reliance on improvisation in class), the theatre's popularity continued to grow and waiting lists for places in the children's groups were, and still are, famously long.
In 2000, Anna Scher suffered a breakdown and stepped down during her hospitalisation and recovery period. Scher was never reinstated as head of the theatre, despite a vociferous campaign led by her and her supporters, The Friends of Anna Scher. She now teaches her classes, renamed "Anna in Exile", in a church just two minutes walk from the theatre she founded, which successfully continues as the Young Actors Theatre Islington.