Front of house and technical team

Emma Hardman

Emma Hardman

House Manager
Emma@z-arts.org

Although my professional background was in hospitality, I have worked in the arts since 2007 when I joined greenroom, Manchester first as Bar Manager then took on the role of Bar and Front of House Manager. I try to be out and about as much as possible, be that at another theatre or venue, eating out or partying. I joined the Z-arts team in August 2011 as House Manager. I accidentally have about a million cats.

Paul Roberts

Paul Roberts

Ticket and Information Supervisor
Paul@z-arts.org

After attending Birkenhead College of Technology, I started work at the Beatles Museum on Mathew Street, Liverpool in the early 80s. After this, I worked for the DSS, Charity Commission & after relocating to Manchester, the charity After Adoption. I started work at Z-arts 9 years ago as the Administrator/P.A. to the Chief Executive. I now am the Customer Services Supervisor, which I enjoy, as I like being around people. On the personal side, I am a keen photographer, have an extensive music & film collection & travel each year as much as I can afford to.

Chris Machin

Chris Machin

Site Technician
Chris@z-arts.org

I was born in the 70s and lived in the 90s.. but whatever happened to the 80s?

Ellie Whitfield

Ellie Whitfield

Technical Assistant
Ellie@z-arts.org

I first encountered Z-arts as a patron to the rehearsal rooms and a few months later in October 2011 I ended up with a job helping to run the wonderful and then brand new Cafe at Z. From there I moved over the the box office and front of house. Through my work with Manchester Musical Youth I became more interested in stage management and technical work, and in May 2015 became part time tech assistant!

Amelia Bayliss

Amelia Bayliss

Bookings and Administration Officer
Amelia@z-arts.org

I moved to Manchester in 2011 to study an MA in Art Gallery and Museum Studies at Manchester University, and have been meandering through its cobbles ever since. Interning at Contact theatre introduced me to Manchester’s theatrical side, and to Z-arts, where I was awed by the mix of events and activities happening in one historic building, right in the heart of Hulme. I’m always keen to cycle and walk, begrudgingly run, and love exploring new cities, open fields, and active volcanoes.

Issy Cecil

Issy Cecil

Z-arts Young Trustee
icecil@icloud.com

I graduated from University of Manchester in 2015, and my interest in Cultural Education grew from the various volunteering I did throughout my degree, in Galleries, Tutoring and with Visual-Impairment Charities. I am just at the beginning of my career in the Arts, and have worked so far in New Delhi, Burnley and currently London. I am very passionate about the power of the arts to embolden young people and communities, no matter where these communities may be! I moved to Hulme after finishing Uni and fell in love with the place and it's people. I love being a Trustee with Z-arts as it gives me a chance to involve myself with my community in Hulme, and help champion Z-arts' amazing opportunities for young people across the city.

Sabbiya Yaqub

Sabbiya Yaqub

Finance Officer
Sabbiya@z-arts.org

I have always been an artistic person at heart! I studied Art in school and wanted to go onto study Art in college. Having decided against that I went into Finance instead and here I am 15 Years on, still in Finance but… I have found a way to combine both my interests… Z-arts …! I joined the company in Feb 2014 although I’m mostly in the office behind the scenes the mix of activities, the buzz in the building and the front of house team keep me well informed about the upcoming events, so whenever I can, I bring my kids along so they can enjoy the experience of a children’s theatre and be creative with the various activities held here at Z-arts.

Lily Bracegirdle

Lily Bracegirdle

Z-arts Young Trustee
lilylouise@live.com

I studied Music as an undergrad at Nottingham, and then went on to complete a Masters in Arts Management at the University of Manchester in 2014/15. I am a strong advocate for arts, particularly music education, not just in its ability to release creativity in children and young people in how they approach their lessons and develop new skills, but also the importance of making the arts accessible to all. I first came to Z-arts when I was involved in a music project with Music Action International in 2015, and I loved the space and atmosphere of the building. I have volunteered and worked on a variety of different music projects including with Sistema England In Harmony, Streetwise Opera and Arts Award and I was so amazed by the variety of programmes and events going on at Z-arts that I had to get involved!