Rebecca Manson Jones
Artistic Director/ CEO
Rebecca joined Spare Tyre in 2019 and just before Lockdown in 2020 started work on We Will Be Happy Here co-creative workshop with our then brand new partners BPCA in Tower Hamlets. The project continued in development despite Lockdown and Long Covid and was first produced with BPCA in 2021 and then on tour, with a new iteration created with Lewisham Mencap for the London Borough of Culture at the Albany. Rebecca is now working on a new sensory touring show On The Beach for people living with dementias their carers for 2023. In 2022 Rebecca launched the Covid Cafés a new strand of participatory work for Spare Tyre, supporting people living with Long Covid (and other long term conditions); and the inclusive practice laboratory Tyre Pressure.
Previous to Spare Tyre she founded award-winning participatory theatre company Just Jones &, was Interim Director of Oily Cart where she is still a Trustee. 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.
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.
Rose joined the Spare Tyre team in April 2020, after spending 5 years working for the Forward Trust charity. While working as a social enterprise manager, she provided support, training, and employment for ex offenders and those in recovery from substance misuse. As well as empowering disenfranchised and marginalised individuals, she forged strong relationships with other social enterprises and local businesses. Prior to moving into the charity sector, she spent over 15 years in hospitality, which included managing premises for highly recognisable names.
Rose studied Film & American Studies at the University of Nottingham, and hosted weekly radio shows on the award-winning University Radio Nottingham. She is a camping and festival enthusiast, and a PADI Advanced scuba diver.
Claude started working with Spare Tyre in February 2022. She is a freelance producer working across a range of projects, with a focus on queer and women-led theatre. Between 2018 and 2020, she worked extensively with Swiss-British artist Livia Rita, including producing a catwalk as part of London Queer Fashion Show at the V&A, a talk at the Tate Modern, and a European tour of the interdisciplinary live art show ‘Kissing Futures’. In 2021, Claude produced a national tour of ‘I stand for what I stand on’ with Strike a Light (Gloucester), including a performance at the international climate conference, COP26, in Glasgow. In the same year, she debuted the one-woman show ‘Pauline’ with writer-performer Sophie Bentinck at the Pleasance and Camden People’s Theatre; the show came runner up at Olivia Colman’s Screenshot competition, where it was described as “captivating” by Phoebe Waller-Bridge. In 2022, Claude produced the sell-out promenade piece ‘Find me, Fool’, which showcased queer voices across circus, music, poetry and theatre.
Claude is also a director and the secretary of Urban Forest Collective CIC, an organisation delivering outdoor workshops with marginalised individuals across North London. She holds a master’s with distinction in Gender, Society and Representation from UCL.