Rebecca Manson Jones
Artistic Director/Joint CEO
Rebecca joined Spare Tyre in 2019 having led and founded award-winning participatory theatre company ‘Just Jones &’ and 9 months as Interim Director of Oily Cart, who produce immersive performances for children and young people both neuro-typical and with complex needs. She has held senior roles at Exeter Northcott and The Almeida Theatres, and was the first UK winner of an Ibsen Scholarship for her immersive gender-swapping production of An Enemy of the People in 2012.
She won a residency at Dartington to develop ‘We will be Happy Here’–an interactive inclusive performance inspired by grassroots activism and received an artist commission from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation as part of their 3-year inquiry into the Civic Role of Arts. Having been one of the inaugural London list of candidates for the Women’s Equality Party in the GLA elections in 2016, Rebecca was the first-ever local council candidate for the Women’s Equality Party and has been elected the Party’s National Spokesperson for Equal Health.
Executive Director/Joint CEO
John joined Spare Tyre in November 2019 after a number of years working on audience development in classical music. This included being Head of Marketing at English Touring Opera and Director of Marketing and Audience Development at the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (OAE). At the OAE, he turned The Night Shift, its pioneering series of informal classical pub gigs into monthly events, and co-created and programmed the music and science series, Bach, the Universe and Everything. He has also worked in marketing roles in theatres in England and Canada, and been a local theatre journalist for both Metro and Ottawa Xpress.
John was a Green Party candidate in the 2018 Camden council elections, and contributed to Green general elections campaign in 2015 and 2017, and the London Mayoral election campaign in 2016. He plays Tag Rugby and has a rescue dog called Mango.
Gemma joined Spare Tyre as General Manager in 2017 and is involved in tour booking, outreach work, projects and company administration. Before Spare Tyre, Gemma’s roles include producing and project management for BASCA award winning composer Jocelyn Pook, public engagement consultant and evaluator for Imagining Autism at the University of Kent, and as project development and administrative consultant at Tract & Touch, who create artworks based on the power of the human voice. Gemma is also a founder member of The Galloping Cuckoos performance ensemble.
Marketing & Project Manager
Sarah joined Spare Tyre in June 2017 working as the Project Manager for ST40, and in July 2018 also became our Marketing Manager. ST40 is a Heritage Lottery funded project that documents and celebrates the 40-year history of Spare Tyre.
Previously she worked for disability-led arts organisation Shape on their NDACA (National Disability Arts Collection & Archive) project. Sarah enjoys finding creative solutions to provide access to the arts for everyone.