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.

Lowri Jones

Lowri Jones

Deputy Front of House Manager
lowri@z-arts.org

I am from Wales and still sometimes dream in Welsh. I came to the North in 2007 to go to University and studied at Lancaster University earning a BA in Theatre and English in 2010 and a Masters in Performance Arts Practice in 2011. My working background is in hospitality and in particular Front of House at arts venues and I have always loved working in a Creative environment. Z-Arts is by far the craziest most creative and vibrant place I have ever worked or could hope to work. I have previously worked with Proto-type theatre, Lancaster Arts, Octagon Theatre and Louise Ann Wilson. I became the Deputy House Manager here at Z-arts in 2015 and took on the role of Volunteer coordinator in 2016. On the side I have an emerging Theatre Company called Paper People Theatre and am currently learning BSL, which is very hard very rewarding

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.