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.
I moved to Scotland in 2001 where I achieved a HND in Music and Audio Technology. I moved to Manchester in 2006 to start as a sound engineer and transitioned into theatre over the years. I freelanced mostly in Manchester from Crew work to Production manager at Greenroom (RIP), Dance House, Library Theatre, Contact Theatre, Sale Waterside, Z-Arts and with companies like C.A.N and visual arts innovators Imitating the Dog. I have had successful creative endeavours as a song writer and bassist touring UK and Europe with Ajah UK. I have worked as a sound designer in as faraway places as Northern Iraq. I have been a lighting designer for stars such as David Hoyle. I am also an international martial arts champion in Tai Chi and practice Kickboxing to accompany my love of good food.
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.
I was born in the 70s and lived in the 90s.. but whatever happened to the 80s?
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!
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.