Artistic Director & Designer

Zoe Squire

Zoe trained in Set and Costume Design at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and runs Pins and Needles Productions with Director Emma Earle. 

Zoe designed the majority of Pins and Needles’ shows, including THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL, LITTLE MERMAID, MR POPPER’S PENGUINS, THE BEAR and FATHER CHRISTMAS. 

Freelance design credits include MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING and ROMEO AND JULIET (Reading Between the Lines Theatre Company); TREASURE ISLAND (Harrogate Theatre); Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs (Les Petits Theatre Company); THE INFANT (Les Enfants Terribles); RIOT, THE WITCHES, JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH, TREASURE ISLAND AND BEASTS AND BEAUTIES (the egg, Theatre Royal Bath); SUNTRAP (Gala Theatre, Durham); ROMEO AND JULIET: GET OUT YOUR BARDS AND THE LOST WORLD: THE IMPOSSIBLE PLAY (Bristol Old Vic); THE QUEEN'S KNICKERS (Southbank Centre and Theatre Royal Bath).

Zoe has also designed several music videos, mainstream commercials and live events including Alexander Wolfe’s STUCK UNDER SEPTEMBER. In 2014 she won Young Angels Theatre-makers award through Company of Angels and York Theatre Royal. 


Zoe’s work has toured all around the world and across the UK to venues including The Lowry, Sheffield Crucible Theatre, Bristol Old Vic Theatre, Southbank Centre and Wales Millennium Centre.

Artistic Director & Director

Emma Earle

Emma trained at the National Theatre Studio, Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and Exeter University.  She met Zoe whilst at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and together they have run Pins & Needles since 2009.  


Emma has directed, or co-directed, all but one of Pins & Needles’ shows and is used to overseeing the delivery of multiple productions. In addition to Directing, through Pins and Needles Emma has developed skills in adapting and has co-written five shows.


Emma has a longstanding relationship with Les Enfants Terribles theatre company as Associate Director and has directed numerous shows for them including ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND; DINNER AT THE TWITS; ERNEST AND THE PALE MOON; and THE MARVELLOUS IMAGINARY MENAGERIE.


She is also an Associate Artist of the egg and has directed multiple shows for their participation strands including THE SHAPE OF THINGS; THE GRAPES OF WRATH and TREASURE ISLAND.


Emma is passionate about making innovative theatre for all ages, and responds to inventive, bold work, often with an off-kilter sensibility. She has a background in film meaning she instinctively gravitates towards telling stories where the visual and sound worlds are as important as text. 


Emma is an experienced mentor and teacher, and a strong advocate for the arts. She believes in attracting new audiences to theatre and breaking down barriers that might make people feel excluded.


Emma is proud of the fact that Pins & Needles is based in Bristol and is passionate about championing regional talent.