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 Creative Director & co-founder

A freelance puppeteer, puppetsmith, workshop facilitator and sculptor, trained at the London School of Puppetry Jhess' skill set is diverse. Highly experienced in her field, Jhess is known for her energy, enthusiasm and passion for sustainable practice.  

www.JhessKnight.com

Lucy HedT  sustainability co-founder

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) where she discovered her passion for conserving our planet and living sustainably.

EMILY PATERSON administrative manager

Educator, director, actor, improvisor, puppeteer, laughter yoga instructor, storyteller and professional development facilitator. Emily has been working on and off stage with both professionals and beginners for over 15 years. 

 

AMY MOULE - senior leadership

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 PRODUCER - escape from trash mountain

Professional theatre maker, Ben A has worked extensively as a writer, director, puppet-maker and set-designer. Graduating with a Bachelor of Performing and Screen Arts from Unitec NZ, Ben has also trained in physical theatre-making with Massive Company, and at the John Bolton Theatre School.

 
 

Trash Leaders

Jess Davies

Jess Davies is a Melbourne based maker and designer specialising in prop sculpture and puppet making. She is passionate about character and creature design, and bringing the weird and wonderful to life. 

Jess strives to lead a sustainable and ethical life and is very excited and inspired to be a part of a company that promotes and encourages sustainability and creativity for all ages. 

ALLANAH SARAFIAN

Allanah is a highly skilled maker, creator, performer and teacher. She has a Bachelor in Fine Arts fashion and a Graduate Diploma of primary education.  

When she’s not teaching, she manages her two clothing labels and stilt-walking company called Mamma Long Legs. Through Mamma Long Legs, Allanah invents hilarious characters and performs with her puppets at festivals.

KATHERINE WEAVER

Katherine is an actor, improviser, teacher and co-artistic director of Impro Melbourne.

Katherine teaches improvisation workshops to children and adults on a regular basis and is also a trained Nanny. Her love of teaching is only matched by her love of performing.

 

Paul Bourke

Paul Bourke is a graduate of the 'Helikos International school of theatre creation' in Italy, the 'Ecole Philippe Gaulier' in France and the 'John Bolton' theatre school. 

Paul teaches Movement and Bouffon workshops and is thrilled to be part of the Trash Puppets team.

Aidan (Jet) Min

Performer, artist, DJ, designer, dancer, maker, creator and puppeteer; Aidan's love for the creative is endless.

Aidan works and tours overseas with Melbourne puppet group 'Snuff Puppets' performing and building puppets with local communities overseas. 

ANNA Thomson

Anna Thomson is a trained clown, theatre-maker, workshop facilitator, stilt-walker and physical performer. She is a member of award-winning comedy troupe POPOMOCO and her solo show Madame Nightshade’s Poison Garden has toured nationally. Anna works as a clown for the Starlight Children’s Foundation and is serious about silliness!

Visit her website here!

LILY FISH

Lily Fish is a performer, director, playwright and teaching artist. She is a graduate of the National Theatre Drama School and the John Bolton Theatre School. Lily is a founding member of queer, physical comedy ensemble PO PO MO CO and an associate artist with Born in a Taxi.

Her play Yarn is available through Play Lab.

EMILY (BOUNCE) ROWE

Emily has a passion for working with kids, in particular kids with unique needs. Emily currently works for the Starlight Children's Foundation, and is a qualified secondary school Drama and English teacher with post graduate qualifications in special needs education.

She is a founding member of Melbourne company TBC Theatre.

Ben Adams

Ben Adams is an actor, musician and writer and completed his studies in Musical Theatre at WAAPA in 2011. He has toured extensively with the National Theatre for Children and Echelon Productions. 

In 2014, Ben wrote, directed and produced his first play, 'Metastopheles', for Melbourne Fringe. 

 

Behind The Scenes

Katie Boon - Policies and Procedures

Theatre Maker and Arts Practitioner (director, devisor, dramaturge). Co-Artistic Director of Paper Balloon Theatre (UK) who specialise 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 at RADA.

 

 

Claire Frost - Marketing

Having a wealth of experience in the arts industry, Claire understands the value of strong marketing for artists.

With a Masters of Marketing Communications Claire loves to work in marketing while being an actor. 

Visit her website here!

 

Alan Liebowitz - Accountant

Bio Coming Soon