The team behind Freshwater

Carol Tagg, Director
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 also works as a Primary School teacher in Islington. Carol loves travelling and her favourite Freshwater character is The Countess in Ancient Egyptian Exploration.

Helen Wood, Director
Helen co-founded Freshwater in 1996 and now takes a largely strategic role from her home in Stroud, Gloucestershire. She has many years of teaching and performing experience in both the UK and Europe. When she’s not working for Freshwater, Helen can be found tramping the hills of the Stroud area with her dog or developing her solo comedy shows. She loved researching the Maya workshop 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. On moving to London she worked for the Young Shakespeare Company, and then the Unicorn Theatre before joining Freshwater in 2010. She enjoys Where in the World is Baxter Bear as it involves travelling the world. In her spare time Sara is likely to be singing with her choir or dashing around London on her bright pink Brompton bicycle!

Dan Griffiths, General Manager
Dan joined Freshwater in January 2016. With many theatrical credits over the last decade and having joined us from a company running tennis coaching programmes in schools, his favourite workshop is Exploratorium - Healthy Eating as it combines his loves of drama and staying fit and active! When not at Freshwater, Dan can often be seen cheering on the Welsh rugby team adamant that the closer he stands to the TV and louder he shouts, the better they will perform - less a hobby, more a full time job!

Sian Hughes, Marketing and Communications Officer
Sian joined Freshwater in December 2017. She has lived in Scotland, Yorkshire and rural Derbyshire and has now been working in the arts in London for just over a year. Sian has a master’s degree in Writing for Performance and Publication so when she’s not at the Freshwater Office she can be found scribbling or typing away on her fantasy folklore stories for children and young people, or learning more about the world of publishing. Her favourite workshop is Thorgil the Viking because it reminds her of studying Old Norse at University.

Anna Cohen, Development and Administration Officer
Anna joined Freshwater in November 2015 as Administrative Assistant to a team of three and has enjoyed seeing the company grow. Whilst at univeristy, Anna found a love for Shakespeare and has since taught the tales of the Bard to adults and children, as well as volunteering at the Globe Theatre, to keep her connection to Shakespeare alive. Her favourite play, and consequently her favourite workshop, is A Midsummer Night's Dream. When she isn't in the office, you can find Anna singing on stage under her stage name Anna Aarons.

Melinda Liu, Resources Manager (part-time)
Melinda is passionate about theatre in education and is proud to be back at Freshwater. In 2007 – 2010 Melinda joined the Freshwater office team in admin and then worked at Unicorn Theatre and Soho Theatre. From August 2016, Melinda has rejoined Freshwater and is impressed with the growth and development of the company. Her favourite workshop is MFL French Storytelling as it is told in a fun and engaging way which really helps her learn French. In her spare time, Melinda enjoys making creatures from up cycled fabrics called 'Jolly Hockey Sticks' and also enjoys a bit of hiking and cycling - depending on the weather!

Lesley Jones, Administrative Assistant (part-time)
Lesley joined Freshwater in January 2017 after many years of working in school administration. She really enjoyed studying Drama as part of her English Literature degree at university, and also has a degree in Education, so is delighted to be working at Freshwater which combines all these elements. In her spare time, Lesley enjoys exploring London and she volunteers at Shakespeare’s Globe; her favourite workshop is the Great Fire of London because it brings history to life. 

Jessica Monaghan, Administrative Assistant (part-time)
Jessica joined Freshwater in July 2018 after working as a Learning Support Assistant in her local primary school. After studying Performing Arts at University, she realised her talents lay less on stage and more behind the scenes, and so worked at both the Dominion Theatre and the Broadway Theatre in Barking. Her favourite workshop is The Owl Who was Afraid of the Dark because it was one of her favourite childhood books. In her spare time, you will find Jessica with her mini-me daughter singing madly to The Greatest Showman!


Freshwater Facilitators
Freshwater works with a team of highly skilled, experienced and dedicated workshop leaders all of whom share a passion for working with children and bringing subjects to life using drama.



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Above: The Freshwater Team in January 2017

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