The Team

Core Staff

Trisha Lee (FRSA) - Founder and Artistic Director

Trisha Lee founded MakeBelieve Arts in 2002.  She oversees the development of the artistic programme, devising, writing and directing theatre shows, as well as theinitiation and delivery of many of our creative programmes.

Trish has directed twelve shows with the company and has run countless projects in schools both in the UK and overseas. Widely known for her work on Helicopter Stories, she is in demand to speak at conferences and deliver training and in-class sessions across the world. She has run courses throughout the UK, the USA, South Africa, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Australia and New Zealand, working with both children and adults.

Based on her work in theatre and education, her ability to link current educational theory with theatre practice and a passionate interest in how children learn, Trish has published chapters in several educational publications and has also co-written two editions ofTeaching Mathematics Creatively, with Linda Pound.

Trisha's most recent book, Princesses, Dragons and Helicopter Stories is a detailed 'how to' manual on the Helicopter Stories approach. It was shortlisted in 2016 for Academic Book Of The Year, by the UKLA.

Trish is an associate of Independent Thinking Ltd and aFellow of the Royal Society for encouragement of the Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA). Trisha was also a cabinet-appointed Social Enterprise Ambassador from 2007-2010.

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Isla Hill - Education Director

Isla, is the Education Director of MakeBelieve Arts. She is based in Kent and has been working with the company since it began in 2002.  Prior to MakeBelieve Arts, Isla trained as a Primary School teacher at Kingston University before completing her Masters in Theatre Education at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Isla trained in Vivian Gussin Paley's storytelling and story acting Helicopter Stories in 2002 and has been working with children and training teachers in the approach ever since.  She has also travelled to the states on occasion to work with Vivian, teachers and students. Isla has extensive experience in training practitioners in Helicopter Stories.

Isla believes in a child centred approach to learning where children are given the tools to establish themselves as independent learners with the creativity to discover the answers they seek.


Bill Moody - Administrator

Bill joined MakeBelieve Arts in January 2016 as Administrator and takes care of the day to day running of the office whilst also assisting Trish and Isla on site.

His background in theatre has been as a writer and performer of sketches, poetry and stand-up comedy (for all ages)! He is also currently training to deliver the Helicopter Stories approach.