Our Team

We are lucky to have a team of talented creatives who share our values and passion for empowering creativity. 

Our team are each working professionals within the arts industry, from visual artists, actors and improvisers to puppeteers and puppet makers. We encourage our team members to continue their artistic practices outside of Trash Puppets. We believe that maintaining flexibility and innovation in your creative thinking is key to a good Trash Leader. 

Jhess Knight

Jhess Knight - Creative Director

...a freelance puppeteer and maker. With a Bachelor of Creative Arts from Deakin University and a masters level Diploma from the London School of Puppetry Jhess' skillset is diverse.
A highly physical performer, Jhess is known for her energy and enthusiasm. Jhess holds credits for puppet making and performing with companies such as, Polyglot, The Puppet Box, Snuff Puppets, SIDS & Kids, Black Hole Theatre etc. plus of course, Trash Puppets!

Merrilee McCoy

Merrilee McCoy - General Manager

...storyteller, improviser, producer (and TP’s first General Manager), Merrilee has many chapters to her creative career. Working primarily in theatre and festivals, Merrilee came to Trash Puppets in 2015 with a wealth of experience.
When she’s not at TP, Merrilee can be found producing live storytelling event The Moth.

Lucy HedT - Engagement & sustainability Director

Four years ago, Lucy left a career in sales & marketing because she wanted to make a difference. She returned to university and studied a Bachelor of Environmental Science (Wildlife and Conservation Biology). During this time, Lucy discovered a true passion for conserving our planet and living sustainably.


Trash Leaders

Amy Moule

Amy Moule

...actor, improviser, director, puppeteer and ensemble member with Impro Melbourne. Amy is one of the original members of Trash Puppets and has led numerous workshops with the company and has been a roving puppeteer at many festivals.
Amy has taught and performed improvisation and drama workshops to children and adults in Australia, Europe, New Zealand, USA, and Reunion Island.

Ben Anderson

...professional theatre-maker for 6 years who has worked extensively as a writer, director, puppet-maker and set-designer. Since graduating with Bachelor of Performing and Screen Arts from Unitec New Zealand in 2010, Ben has also trained in physical theatre-making with Massive Company in New Zealand, and at the John Bolton Theatre School in Melbourne and intends to create more work involving puppetry, clown and mask-work.

Ben Jamieson-Hoare

...actor, teacher, and original Trash Leader!

Ben is currently completing a degree in Teaching at Deakin University. One of TP’s most beloved facilitators, Ben has been with us since the beginning.

Outside of TP, Ben can be found making puppets, acting in plays, and teaching after-school drama workshops.

Katie Boon

Katie Boon

...Theatre Maker and Arts Practitioner (director, devisor, dramaturge), just returned to Melbourne after working in the UK/Europe for 7 years. During her time in the UK she was Co-Artistic Director of Paper Balloon Theatre (resident company at Pegasus Theatre, Oxford and Half Moon Theatre, London) who specialize in creating work for young audiences.
Katie studied Theatre Performance at Arts Academy, University of Ballarat, before completing her Masters in Text and performance Studies (with Distinction) at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) in association with Kings College London.

Ben (Frank) Adams

...bio coming soon!

Paul Bourke

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Emily Paterson

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Rémi Deulceux

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Emily (Bounce) Rowe

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