Beth AdamsArts Practitioner
My name is Beth Adams and I’m a theatre-maker and practitioner based in Bristol. I am dedicated to making exciting and accessible performance where people and ideas can be celebrated by and for those who often are excluded from the arts. I love community driven work and using what we have to inspire and create art. I am excited to be a part of AppleShed and celebrate inclusivity in all of our work!
Jan ThomsonChair of Trustees
I'm a primary school headteacher and love my job! I have always been passionate about the creative arts and am delighted to be chair of trustees for AppleShed . I am excited about this venture and I know it will be an important new venture for our local community. Being part of an Inclusive theatre company will give any young person or adult the chance to shine and to have their story told through music dance and drama.
My name is Matt Thomson and I am a Trustee of AppleShed Theatre Company. Along with my wife Jan I am passionate about Inclusive Theatre, having been involved with Chickenshed Theatre Company for the last 15 years. I am keen to support AppleShed as I truly believe that this is a fantastic way to help enable people of all backgrounds and abilities to come together and produce inspiring pieces of theatre.
My name is Charlotte Polledri and I have been involved with Appleshed as a trustee from the beginning. It has been an exciting journey. I have a background in working with children in schools that support children with additional needs and I also volunteer with local children’s groups. I am passionate about the inclusive theatre process and I enjoy seeing the community work together in this way.
My name is Richard Yates and I am the Treasurer and a Trustee of AppleShed. I was delighted to be approached to join such a great team, working to enable and encourage inclusivity in our local communities. Having worked and studies in the performing arts, as well as having worked in senior management roles in the private sector, I enjoy bringing my business and financial skills to help with steering the strategic direction of the charity.
I’m Melanie Teixeira and I am delighted to have joined the amazing team at AppleShed as a Trustee. I have a long and varied professional background in Psychology, working with vulnerable children, young people and adults and am passionate about empowering marginalised groups and individuals within communities. As a member of a multicultural family and a mother of four, (one of whom has complex health and learning needs), it is a privilege to be able to use my time and experience to promote and develop the inspirational AppleShed vision of inclusive theatre for all. I’m excited to be growing and learning alongside you all.