The Team


Carol Tagg

Carol co-founded Freshwater in 1996 and she still performs in our history shows to this day! She has a wealth of experience within the education and arts sectors. As well as her Freshwater role, Carol works as a primary school teacher in Islington. Her favourite character is the Countess in Ancient Egyptian Exploration!

Helen Wood

Helen co-founded Freshwater in 1996 and now has a largely strategic role. She has many years of teaching and performing experience in the UK and Europe. When she is not working for Freshwater, Helen can be found tramping in the hills of her home in Stroud with her dog or developing her solo comedy shows. She loved researching The Maya Civilization because it brought back memories of an exciting holiday in Mexico.

Sara Coffey

Project Manager (part-time)
Sara has worked in educational theatre since graduating from Bristol University in 2005. She worked for the Young Shakespeare Company and then Unicorn Theatre before joining Freshwater in 2010. In her spare time Sara is likely to be singing with her choir or dashing around London on her bright pink Brompton bicycle! She enjoys Where in the World is Baxter Bear? as it involves travelling.

Dan Griffiths

General Manager
Dan joined Freshwater in January 2016. Dan has many theatrical credits over the last decade and joined us from a company running tennis coaching programmes in schools. When not at Freshwater, Dan can often be seen cheering on the Welsh rugby team. His favourite workshop is Science Machine - Healthy Eating as it combines his love of drama with staying fit and active!

Phoebe Wood

Marketing and Communications Officer (part-time)
Phoebe joined Freshwater in July 2021 after working as an account executive at an energy and environment consultancy. Before then she was working in film and TV production and managing her theatre company. Phoebe studied Scriptwriting and Performance at the University of East Anglia. In her spare time, you may find Phoebe writing and directing plays. Her favourite workshop is Environment Alert because it’s so topical and important.


Lesley Jones

Administrative Officer
Lesley joined Freshwater in January 2017 after many years of working in school administration. She is delighted to be combining elements of both her English Literature and Education degrees by working with Freshwater. In her spare time, Lesley enjoys exploring London and she volunteers at Shakespeare’s Globe. Her favourite workshop is the Great Fire of London

Melinda Liu

Resources Manager (part-time)
Melinda joined the Freshwater admin team from 2007-2010 and then worked at Unicorn Theatre and Soho Theatre. Melinda re-joined Freshwater in August 2016 and is impressed with the growth of the company. In her spare time, Melinda enjoys making creatures from upcycled fabrics called 'Jolly Hockey Sticks'. Her favourite workshop is MFL French Storytelling as it is told in an engaging way that really helps her learn French. 

Jess Monaghan

Administrative Assistant (part-time)
Jessica joined Freshwater in July 2018 after working as a Learning Support Assistant at a primary school. After studying Performing Arts at university, she worked at the Dominion Theatre and Broadway Theatre. In her spare time, you will find Jessica with her mini-me daughter singing madly to The Greatest ShowmanHer favourite workshop is The Owl Who Was Afraid Of The Dark because it was one of her favourite childhood books.

Phoebe Mills

Administrative Assistant (part-time)
Before joining Freshwater in December 2019, Phoebe graduated from University of Birmingham with a degree in Drama and Theatre Arts. She has worked at Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham REP and as an administrator in a secondary school. She is passionate about drama-in-education as she has taught performing arts to 4-6 year olds since 2016. In her free time she loves to paint and craft! Her favourite Freshwater workshop is Inspiring Women because she loves learning about phenomenal females!



Freshwater Facilitators

Freshwater works with a team of over 60 highly skilled, dedicated and well-experienced workshop leaders. They share a passion for working with children and bringing subjects to life using drama.

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