Meet the Staff
Meet the fabulous team behind Norwich Puppet Theatre.
Meet the Board of Trustees
Nic Hopkins – Chair
A senior business and project management professional. With over 30 years experience at the heart of organisational change and service transformation in government. His key strengths are managing people, budgets, programmes, and projects. His core domains of expertise have been ICT, stakeholder, workplace and programme management.
Since retiring in July 2008, he has pursued a mix of activities. Nic is a voluntary trustee, a management consultant, and enjoys home and family based activities.
Nikki Gray – Hon Treasurer
Nikki is a Chartered Accountant, having qualified with Ernst & Young in Ipswich and London in 1995. Following this, she worked in the Lloyd’s insurance market in London and then in the energy sector. Since 2001 she has undertaken a variety of roles in Aviva.
Whilst her professional roots remain firmly grounded in Finance, Nikki has significant senior experience leading teams across Sales, Planning and Marketing functions, and is currently building a new digital solution for Aviva’s small business customers.
Marion has been involved with Norwich Puppet Theatre in some way or another over many years.
Since leaving Norwich City Council, she has become a trustee and continues to offer whatever support she can. Her main contributions are in project management, networking, negotiating and networking, as well as practical skills of graphic design, marketing, and social media.
Gavin works for Norfolk County Council as a partnership adviser to schools in King’s Lynn, West Norfolk and Breckland. Having worked abroad for over twenty years in a range of educational settings, he has enjoyed returning to the UK and re-discovering the rich history and cultural heritage of Norwich.
He is keen to engage schools throughout Norfolk in the ‘power of puppetry’, as a means to delivering a broad and balanced curriculum.
Emma has many hats, focusing in and around theatre, education, and creative engagement. She has previously worked in our Creative Learning Team and is a qualified SEN/primary teacher.
Emma now works in Norwich Castle’s education department, whilst jointly directing her own company, Kaboodle Theatre, which specialises in multi-sensory theatre experiences for children.
Lucy Enskat is the Artistic Director of Hocus Pocus Theatre making shows collaboratively with a wide team of local artists.
A multi-skilled theatre practitioner, Lucy is primarily a performer but also produces, writes, directs, designs and creates for the shows as well. As a freelancer she works as a Clown Doctor for Suffolk Artlink in children’s hospitals and hospices. Lucy is currently also an Associate Artist of SeaChange Arts.
Sascha is a freelance creative producer. Originally from Bristol, she studied Law with European Legal Systems at UEA, where she fell in love with Norwich and arts.
Sascha works primarily with Circus and Outdoor theatre companies, she’s passionate about inclusive and representative theatre, artist development and accessibility. Since 2014 Sascha has worked with various organisations and artists including Out There Arts, NoFit State Circus, Gossamer Thread Circus, Frozen Light, Hannah Finn and The Why Not Institute.
As part of her personal creative practice Sascha started studying clowning, puppet building and puppetry in 2018.
Norwich born and RADA trained, Debbie-Lee began her association with the Norwich Puppet Theatre when she stage managed the 1985 production of Pinocchio.
Since then she has worked at the Theatre Royal, Stratford East, the Unicorn Children’s Theatre, the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, the Palace Theatre, Watford and the RSC.
She is a committee member of Fine Cell Work and has been on the board of the Norwich Puppet Theatre since 2008.
Starting off as an IT engineer, Phillip now owns and runs Osiris technologies which provides IT support for charities and businesses throughout the region. He is also director/owner of Fayre Maiden Jewellery.
Phillip is passionate about supporting young people within the community. His company runs its own apprentice scheme designed to give young people opportunities within the technical sector. Phillip is also an Enterprise Advisor, a voluntary scheme which connects schools and business throughout the region.
Phillip says “I adore being part of the puppet theatre. It is a gem of a theatre set in a city that I love.”
Mark Pitman is co-director of Garlic Theatre, a visual theatre company that uses image, puppet animation, movement, and live music to create theatre productions. The company tours nationally and internationally.
Mark worked as a model maker before training in mime and movement with Desmond Jones and attending Jacques Lecoq’s school in Paris.
In 1995 Mark became a part-time tutor for puppetry and manipulation and construction at the Central School for Speech and Drama in London for six years.
Jeremy has taught in the School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia since 2009, where he is currently the Academic Director of the British Archive of Contemporary Writing. He is particularly interested in modernist literature and writes about modern poetry for various national publications. He has also edited several books, including Market Lunch, a collection of Norwich verse by local poet Ron Nevett.
Jeremy has brought his own children to the Puppet Theatre many times. He is interested in the relationship between imagination, performance and education.