Tria considers herself one of the lucky ones: someone who knew early in life what she wanted to do and has happily followed that path for 25 years. During her years at Cobham, Tria pursued the sciences in the classroom, while her love for sports, drama and photography kept her pretty busy out of the classroom.
Her gap year saw her travelling to India with the annual Round Square Schools trip, followed by four months backpacking around the Far East with Cobham alumni Emmy Cooper and Sam Haylett.
She studied Natural Sciences at Cambridge, developing a love for zoology, which she continued with a Masters degree in Biological Sciences, both at Jesus College. Initial research for her Masters took her to the wilds of the Borneo rainforest, where she slept in a hammock for three months while trying to study some frustratingly elusive proboscis monkeys. When that project failed, she set her sights on the Isle of Rhum and its resident herd of red deer. They were far more obliging.
Photography remained a great passion and she followed her years of academia with a post-graduate Diploma in Film and Television Production at the University of Bristol, with a view to developing a career in wildlife filmmaking. The course was transformational, not least because she met Mark — the American. 18 months later they were engaged and Tria was soon packing her bags for life in the United States.
Luckily, Mark lived in Washington DC, home to National Geographic Television, the Discovery Channel and several other key documentary broadcasters. Tria built a career in DC as an independent freelancer, working her way up from researcher, through associate producer, to producer/director/writer. She produced award-winning films for many of the major networks and has been lucky enough to travel the world on assignment, often with Mark in tow as her cameraman. However, when the girls arrived, life on the road together became a little trickier.
In 2015 she somewhat apprehensively accepted her first staff position with a network, as Executive Producer for Natural History at the Smithsonian Channel. In her current role, she helps develop and oversees a broad slate of wildlife documentaries for Smithsonian Channel US and its international networks, which include Smithsonian Channel UK. Her films have won numerous awards and been nominated for two Emmys.
She, Mark, Cailey and Heidi live in Bethesda, MD, a suburb of Washington DC. They return to England every summer to help Tria keep up with the Queen’s English and stock up on tea.