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Stephanie Yamson is a Ghanaian-British Creative.

She recently worked as a Script Consultant on the BAFTA Award Winning TV Series, I May Destroy You, written by Michaela Coel, (BBC & HBO). 

As a Writer, she is currently working on a pilot for a drama series called Winging It (Working Title)and other original ideas for TV, Film and Theatre. She previously co-wrote Krunch, a play developed and produced by Talawa Theatre Company that toured the UK and South Africa.

As a Creator and Producer, Stephanie’s projects include Elevate Writers Room, (a scriptwriters course for ethnically diverse women), a Screen Acting Masterclass with BBC Director Nigel Douglas, (for online distribution for the Ascend Actors Group) and a business podcast pilot called From Side Hustle To Main Hustle (for Sylvia Paul).

As an Actress; Stephanie graduated from The London School of Musical Theatre and has worked in TV, Film, Theatre and Voice Over with companies including the BBC, Channel 4, the Young Vic and Talawa Theatre Company. 

Stephanie is also an Accountant, and has worked with many Arts led businesses and SMEs, including the Royal National Theatre. She is the founder of The Ascend Actors Group and The Ascend Collective CIC.


The Ascend Actors Group is an actors company that aims to holistically support professional and aspiring actors through workshops with the leading Casting Directors, Screen Directors and Theatre Directors. The Creatives we have worked with include Lewis Arnold (Director; Humans, Broadchurch, Cleaning Up), Steve Finn (Director; Eastenders), Jermain Julien (Director; Holby City, Casualty, Death in Paradise), Jo McInnes (Director; Royal Court, Soho Theatre, National Theatre), Zoe Ford (Lehman Triliogy, Royal National Theatre), Louis Hammond CDG (Casting Director; Royal Court, Young Vic) and Christiana Ebohon-Green (Director; Call The Midwife, Father Brown).

Stephanie founded this company in 2014 to provide actors with opportunities to work and learn from established Creatives beyond their current reach.



Sylvia Paul is a brand that aims to celebrate, unite and empower those from Africa, it’s diaspora and beyond. It aspires to be the go to place for carefully curated African and Caribbean authentic and inspired retail, events and more; for the diaspora and beyond.  

The brand has big dreams but we are starting small, with an empowering podcast series that focuses on entrepreneurship; From Side Hustle to Main Hustle.