Creative team & Creative Partners

Laura Stevens

Laura Stevens

Marketing & Audience Development Manager
Laura (at) z-arts.org

I began my interest in all things creative arts after studying Contemporary Art at Lancaster University. Since graduating I have worked in both the private and public sector, organising exhibitions at Bentley Motors, as a researcher for SCAPE Biennial in New Zealand, digital marketing at Oxfam and recently at IT firm Certero. It’s great to be back working in the arts again and to join Z-arts at a particularly exciting time, developing the audience base for our year-round programme of brilliant children’s theatre in the North West as well as the range of creative arts events and activities happening here at Z-arts.

Gill Balfour

Gill Balfour

Creative Learning Officer
Gill (at) Z-arts.org

I studied History of Art in Glasgow and came to Manchester 5 years ago to find a career in the arts. I began at Z-arts as a volunteer, helping on various creative projects back in 2009 and now take on board my own as well as coordinating other children’s activities too. I love making, doing and dancing. You’ll know me, I'm the one in the bright coloured leggings.

Sally Gilford

Sally Gilford

Freelance Facilitator
Sally (at) One69a.com

After graduating from BA (hons) Interactive Art in 2007, I spent a couple of years embarking on short stints of traveling and working for other people. In 2009 I set up one69A with friend and now business partner Mark Jermyn. One69A specialise in screen printing and I oversee the educational aspect of what we do which includes organising and facilitating workshops, projects and courses with children, young people and adults. I work for Z-arts as a freelance artist to deliver lots of exciting visual arts projects and workshops.

Holly Sharp

Holly Sharp

Assistant Producer - Big Imaginations
holly@z-arts.org

After completing a degree in history and religious studies in 2009, I taught speech, literature and drama in Hong Kong and worked as a rehearsal and script-writing facilitator at Hong Kong Polytechnic University. I returned to the UK in 2011 to study an MA in text and performance at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and Birbeck, University of London, after which I remained to complete a production internship with NIE theatre and work at Rich Mix in Shoreditch. I moved to Manchester to join Z-arts in August 2014.

Tsana Osbourne

Tsana Osbourne

Youth Music Co-ordinator
tsana@z-arts.org

I’ve been a singer/songwriter for over 15 years. I’ve opened stages for UK and international acts. Music is my passion but I have a love for the arts and empowering young people through the arts. After graduating in Performing arts from Salford Uni, I have worked with young people in educational, community and arts settings teaching, music dance and drama. I joined Z-arts in May and I feel like I have finally found my arts tribe!

Gemma Rooke

Gemma Rooke

Development Manager
gemma@z-arts.org

I did my Masters at Manchester University, just down the road from Z-arts, but now live right around the ring road, on the other side of Manchester – in the hills. I’m passionate about what the arts can achieve and what changes they can make to a community – and that’s why I do my job. I don’t think I could fundraise for an organisation if I didn’t believe in the positive changes they can make to someone’s life. My job is to find lots of opportunities for people to support our work and ensure that exciting things happen because of the support they give!