The PlayMakers

Core Team

Adam Quayle
Joint Artistic Director and Co-Founder

Adam trained as a director at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. For Box of Tricks, he has most recently directed Under Three Moons (Northern Tour 2019); Chip Shop Chips (National Tour 2018 and Northern Tour 2016); Plastic Figurines (New Diorama 2016 and National Tour 2015). Previous directing credits include Earthquakes in London and Growth (ALRA North); JB Shorts 8 (Joshua Brooks).

Hannah Tyrrell-Pinder
Joint Artistic Director and Co-Founder

Hannah is Joint Artistic Director of Box of Tricks. Recent directing credits include: Last Quiz Night on Earth (rural tour); SparkPlug (national tour, shortlisted for Alfred Fagon Award 2018); Narvik (national tour, nominated Best New Play MTAs, winner Best New Play UK Theatre Awards 2017); In Doggerland (national tour); Word:Play/NWxSW (Regional Tour); Picture a City (Everyword 2012, Liverpool Playhouse).

Max Emmerson
Executive Producer

Max trained as an Arts Manager at LIPA and is Executive Producer for Box of Tricks and Creative Producer of Emmerson & Ward. He has previously worked with ThickSkin Theatre, Oldham Coliseum, The Letter Room, TransCreative, The Royal Exchange Theatre & Bill Kenwright Productions.

Al Lockhart-Morley
Literary & Audience Associate

Al is a playwright and marketing specialist working across writer development and marketing/audience development for Box of Tricks. His writing has been longlisted for the Theatre503 Award and the Alfred Bradley Award and he has been a finalist for the Red Planet Prize; he has written eight pantomimes for Cambridge Arts Theatre and is currently writing a community-focussed play supported by ACE.

Company Associates

Lee Affen
Associate Sound Designer

Lee is a composer, music producer and sound designer from Manchester now based in Sheffield. A highly respected collaborator, Lee’s work is heard in theatre, dance, installation and film productions.

Lee is a member of The Bare Project and an associate artist with Imagine If Theatre and Box Of Tricks.

Lucy Carter
Associate Lighting Designer


Lucy is a light artist and Multi-Award winning lighting designer, working across many creative mediums. Her extensive work for Theatre, Ballet, Dance, Musical Theatre and Opera has led her to work with some of the top Directors, Choreographers and creative teams around the world, to produce unique, eclectic and critically acclaimed lighting designs.

Jennifer Jackson
Associate Movement Director


Jennifer Jackson is a Latinx British/Bolivian movement director, theatre-maker & actor. Her creative practice encompasses theatre & devising, contemporary dance, Bolivian folk dance, new writing, movement & the transformative aspects of sport. Her work explores women’s bodies in performance, her relationship with the UK, and the duality of living between races & cultures.

Alice Longson
Associate Production Manager


Alice is a Freelance Stage & Production Manager. Previous credits include: The Last Quiz Night on Earth by Alison Carr (Box of Tricks, UK tour), I Wanna Be Yours by Zia Ahmed (Paines Plough, UK tour), Catching Comets by Peirs Black (Ransack Productions, Edinburgh Fringe), Best Girl by Christine Mackie (Best Girl Productions).

Katie Scott
Associate Designer


Katie is an award-winning Designer based in the North West. She trained at The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts and upon graduating was the inaugural recipient of the Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse Prize for Theatre Design. Since graduating, Katie has gone on to work across the UK designing a range of productions with a particular interest in new writing and productions for young audiences.

Chris James
Creative Associate


Chris, who grew up in South Africa, has been surrounded by theatre his entire life.


He has 20 years experience, working extensively as head of sound, production engineer, and sound designer across the UK, as well as many countries around the world.


He has proudly been an associate artist with Box of Tricks Theatre Company for 13 years.


Debbie Androlia

With 12 years’ experience in financial services, Debbie has most recently spent 2 years in the legal department at BlackRock .

Previously Debbie spent 10 years as a partner at Temporis Capital, a boutique investment firm which focusses on the renewable energy and cleantech sectors. As the fourth team member to join Temporis, Debbie held a variety of operational roles, including running the day to day business of the management company, integrating new businesses, and as partner lead for HR, organisational development, process and system design and rollout.  For 9 years Debbie was Compliance Officer and Money Laundering Reporting Officer

Debbie began her career as a consultant at Accenture, working in the Workforce Performance service line and developing e-learning and knowledge sharing tools for large companies in the travel and telecoms sectors.

Debbie has an MA in Law from Downing College, Cambridge and is currently studying part time for a MSc in Behavioural and Economic Science.

Graeme Gregory

Graeme has 18 years’ experience working at international law firm, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, where he was a Senior Associate specialising in dispute resolution.  He was predominantly based out of the London office, but spent two years working in the New York office (between 2017 – 2019) where he focused on international arbitration.

He was also a founding committee member of Herbert Smith Freehills’ LGBT network.

Graeme has an MA in Law from Downing College, Cambridge.

Davinia Jokhi

Davinia started her career in the arts as an actress and producer with her company In The Red, but moved into arts administration on 2009. She worked for Arts Council England as an assessor before moving into the role of Literary and Talent Development Administrator at the Royal Exchange Theatre. After this, she worked for the Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme, working specifically with makers and directors. She is currently the Talent Development Producer; Theatre at HOME. She is also a non-executive director for Filament Theatre Company.

John Quayle

John Quayle (BA HONS; FCCA) is a retired accountant with extensive financial and legal experience. He is a former Financial Controller and Company Secretary of major international trading companies, a former Trustee of a major North West hospital trust and is currently a Member Nominated Trustee of a large UK company pension plan.