Artistic Director: Emily Gray
Emily Gray became Artistic Director of Trestle in 2004 and has led the Company through a major transformation, which has resulted in Trestle entering into its fourth decade with optimism and energy. Previously, Emily was Artistic Director of TAG Theatre Company, a young people’s touring theatre based in Glasgow. From 1999 she was the Associate Director at Unicorn Theatre, the UK’s leading theatre for children and young people. In 1996 she was awarded the Channel 4 bursary for young directors at Nottingham Playhouse and Roundabout. Emily studied Theology at Cambridge University and trained in directing at The Central School of Speech and Drama and has since worked extensively in movement and devised storytelling theatre.
Finance & Operations Director: Clare Winter
Clare joined Trestle in November 2009 as Finance and Fundraising Manager and is now Trestle’s Finance and Operations Director, overseeing the development of Trestle Arts Base as a community resource and professional performance venue. Clare studied business at Harlow College and originally worked in the private sector; she soon became disillusioned with the working ethos and spent the next 15 years working in a children’s charity, delivering education through the arts for young people of all ages and abilities. She has worked in front of house and accounts with a variety of companies and is a fundraiser for the Western Sahara. Clare has a passion and talent for photography and has won numerous awards.
Marketing & Development Manager: Rhian Desborough
Rhian became Marketing and Development Manager for Trestle in December 2009. Originally studying under Trestle founding member Sally Cook at Melton Mowbray Performing Arts College before graduating with a BA (Hons) in Devised Theatre from Dartington College of Arts (2004). For a number of years Rhian worked as a freelance theatre facilitator for various UK arts organisations and then as a producer for Lamfrag, a short film collective whose work was shown internationally at prestigious festivals. Before joining the team at Trestle she worked at both The Alban Arena and Harpenden Public Halls as the Marketing and Press Officer.
Learning and Participation Manager: Helen Barnett
Helen Barnett joined trestle in March 2017. She trained originally in drama at Loughborough University and went on to gain an MA in Directing from East 15 Acting School with a module training abroad at GITIS in Moscow. Helen then went on to work as a freelance theatre facilitator and Director working with companies such as The Bush Theatre, The Tricycle Theatre, Polka Theatre and Watford Palace Theatre on various education and outreach projects alongside her role as Artistic Associate with Sphinx Theatre Company. She was also resident associate artist at the Royal & Derngate Theatre in Northampton in 2014 and guest lecturer on the third year of the Acting Course at Northampton University for the last three years before joining Trestle.
Mask Maker Team Leader: Joseph Arm
Joseph started working in the café for Trestle in September of 2009, after finishing his degree in Fine Art at the University of Hertfordshire. He instantly fell in love with the masks and quickly progressed into the mask making department on a part time role. Within the next year he had become full time and taken the position of Mask Team Leader. He is now determined to progress further with Trestle masks and hopes to help bring an exciting future for the company.
Mask Maker: Joe Martin
Joe joined Trestle as a mask maker in September 2012 after finishing his Music and Sound degree at the Portsmouth University. As well as mask making he runs retro film nights as the producer of Retroplex film club.
Company Coordinator: Karene Horner-Hughes
Karene joined Trestle shortly after finishing her degree in English Literature and Drama and started work as a duty manager in the cafe in May 2014. She quickly fell in love with the company and began working in the mask department as a mask maker. Soon after she became Company Coordinator and hopes to grow with Trestle in the future.
Gallery Programmer & Finance Assistant: Elaine Johnson
Elaine is our Gallery Programmer and Finance Assistant as has been with Trestle since 2009. She studied Applied Art at the University of Hertfordshire and also works as Arts Development Officer at Three Rivers District Council.
Cafe Supervisor: Mary Martin
Jeanne Rae (Chair of the Board)
Jeanne has extensive experience in marketing and communications and her career has ranged from coordinating large outdoor events to being chief executive of Arts and Media (skills development for artists to grow their practice and business) and a Manager with Arts and Business.
Catherine Davis: Freelance Arts Consultant, ex County Arts Development Officer, Hertfordshire County Council
Cashain David: Director of Operations, Together
Esther Wane: Actor, writer and voice artist
John Holtom: Solicitor
Zahida Din: Head of Marketing & Communications, Luton Culture
Laura Rolinson: Assistant Producer, Complicité
Jim Broadbent and Nina Conti
A note from Jim Broadbent:
‘I have supported Trestle as a Patron for over twenty years and have been delighted by the inventive use of mask, puppetry and storytelling through the Trestle’s Masked years and into the Unmasked productions. The last show, The Birthday of the Infanta was a celebration of performance, storytelling and physical theatre; evidence of the Company’s continuing and considerable prowess as a creative force in UK theatre.
Trestle led the way as the first UK touring company to build its own home and the beautiful Trestle Arts Base in St Albans has inspired artists from across the globe to make new work. The Company has moved with the times and adapted to circumstance while sustaining a strong commitment to artistic quality, community development and young people.
However, Trestle’s unique creativity and ways of linking touring work with participation programmes and a community building are threatened by cuts in government funding. For thirty years Trestle has given the arts community, young people and audiences across the UK inspiration and learning and now is the moment for you to give back to Trestle.
Please support Trestle by patronising their new projects and donate whatever you can to help Trestle stay creatively vibrant and effective. Anything our supporters can give will make a difference to Trestle’s future.’