Our team


Chief Executive / Artistic Director
Personal Assistant to the CEO

Finance & Admin Team

General Manager
Finance Officer


Creative Team

Head of Creative Development
Creative Manager
Engagement Officer

Music & Community Studio Manager

Resident Visual Artist
Resident Performing Artist

Programme and Marketing Team

Head of Programming & Big Imaginations Manager
Administration Officer
Manchester Cultural Education Partnership Coordinator
Artist Development Officer
Marketing and Audience Development Manager
Tom Shennan

Digital Artist

Content & Communications Assistant


Technical Team

Head of Technical and Premises
Senior Technician

Front of House

Deputy House Manager (catering)
Deputy House Manager (Box Office)
Box Office Supervisor
Cafe and Kitchen Supervisor
Box Office Assistant


Gary N


Our legendary FoH crew:


Spends quite a bit of time in our kitchen. His favorite thing to make on the menu is mac and cheese (with bacon of course). Favourite thing about Z-arts is the atmosphere, he loves his work buddies


Is a massage therapist as well as part of our FoH team. Loves Elvis.


Favourite day of the week to work: Saturday. Favourite cake: salted caramel cake. Favourite milkshake: chocolate.


Comes to us from over the Pennines in Yorkshire. Is our night owl, often works the bar for busy boozy shows


Is a very clever girl! Is in Manchester from London studying law at Uni. Alicia can often be found working Friday evenings for Family Night


Started as a volunteer but is so lovely we kept her! You can often find her stewarding shows or helping out with events. Daisy is the youngest member of FoH


Erin is a creative lil sausage who also volunteers for our pals over at Venture Arts


Newest member of the team and we already love her ever so much! Can be found on the box office checking you in for your classes


Our wonderful facilitators:

Tabitha (Drama Stars) 

Hi! My name is Tabitha, I teach drama classes at Z-arts. I have trained with the National Youth Theatre, the Royal Exchange Theatre Young Company and have seen first hand the importance of young people attending drama classes to build their confidence and social skills. I specialise in improvising, devising and comedy. I always carry a parachute and a couple of puppet friends!

Kirsty (Happy Makers)

Hi, I’m Kirsty! I’m an artist and creative facilitator, and I run happy Makers for Z-arts. I love making, painting, creating and helping others do it too!

Hannah (Rhythm and Rhyme Club)

Hannah is loads of fun! Hannah comes to us from the world of Tiger and Mog – shes also a Story Explorer. Join her to make some music every Tuesday in our snuggly cinema room

Gilly Bean (Yoga Stars) 

Hi, I’m Gill and I’ve been running creative sessions at Z-arts for 10 years now – wow! I’m currently doing Art Stars, Z-artists and now Yoga too. I love to take inspiration from the ideas and energy of young people to help shape our sessions together. Art makes children POWERFUL!

 Richard (Studio sessions and Podcast Club)

Richard is an absolute legend at all fashion of musical geekery! Come and help us generate an online buzz with our podcast club or record some songs in our Levis Suite or Studio Z. Become famous. Make loads of money. Tell the world about Z-arts.


Natasha (Resident Dance Artist and twirly person)

Hi! I’m Natasha and my life is dancing. I have 2 small boys who are full of beans so I’m always on the go at home as well as at work. I’ve been running dance classes here for many years, you might have seen one of our famous dance showcases in our theatre which we are very proud of! I love dance so much that soon I will be a DOCTOR of dance, which is very exciting. I look forward to having you in my classes!


Jana (ZYP)

Jana is back (with a vengeance) from maternity leave and ready to GOOOOO with some teenage drama (the good kind). Join her every Tuesday evening at 6pm. They’re a cracking bunch of young people (and Janas ok too!). Its not your average drama class…


and finally;

The Story Explorers

Tom, Tom Twirly moustache, Flick, Alice, Nate, Hannah and Adam!