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.  See jhessknight.com for more about Jhess. 

Lucy HedT  sustainability Director & 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). Lucy discovered a true passion for conserving our planet and living sustainably.

EMILY PATERSON administrative manager

Bio coming soon.

 

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.

 

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

 
 

Trash Leaders

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 also a founding member of Melbourne company TBC Theatre. Most people call her Bounce.

PAUL BOURKE

Bio coming soon.

jonathon macmillan

Jonathan is an actor and puppeteer with a passion for sustainable living. His puppetry credits include originating the role of Topthorn and Goose in the Broadway production of "War Horse," and playing the Baby T Rex in the international tour of "Walking with Dinosaurs." He is a member of Snuff Puppets and also works closely with A Blanck Canvas and Creature Technology Company. 

 

KATHERINE WEAVER

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 - of which she has been honoured to do at improvisation festivals in Wurzburg Germany, Wellington New Zealand, Canberra Australia, and Adelaide Australia

NADINE DIMITRIEVITCH

A multidisciplinary performer, trained at L’École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq in Paris. Recently, Nadine completed her Master of Dance at Victorian College of the Arts (VCA). Nadine facilitates physical theatre and movement workshops teaching at various institutions such as the VCA, the National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA) and BoilOver Inclusive Theatre.

BAO GHISLAIN

Bio coming soon.

LILY FISH

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BEN (FRANK) ADAMS

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JESS DAVIE

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GOSHA  RAKIEJ

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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. Allanah has taught puppetry and performance workshops to students in Australia and Germany. 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.

GENN COLLIER

Bio coming soon.

Katie Boon

Theatre Maker and Arts Practitioner (director, devisor, dramaturge). Co-Artistic Director of Paper Balloon Theatre (UK) 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 at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA).