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 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 2014 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 but very rewarding
I grew up in rural Worcestershire on a farm. I come from a family of strong women who are my Sheros.
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!
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 came to Manchester in 1988 from the prairies of Illinois. I’ve raised 5 kids in this vibrant city, and now I spend my time knitting and crocheting, and wondering if I will ever have enough time to read all the books on my shelves.
I was born in the 70s and lived in the 90s.. but whatever happened to the 80s?
Although originally from North Manchester, I spent my teenage years living in Spain before returning to Manchester to go to university. I then spent a few years down in London – doing a Masters, writing, and working at a dance theatre. Z-arts welcomed me in 2017 as its Bookings and Administration Officer. In my spare time, I continue to write short stories and spend most of my time reading. But I also love going to the theatre and taking brisk walks through Manchester.
I was born in Jordan to a Mexican mother and Palestinian father many moons ago, but I now proudly call Manchester home. I first moved to Manchester in 2007, unassumingly, and without great expectations. I liked its crumbling factories and historic canals, but I fell in love with its multicultural spirit of togetherness, ambition and creativity. It's an honour and joy to work for Z-arts, an institution that expresses the charitable beauty of Manchester so completely. I work here as a finance and administration officer, but also as a musician, writer, parent and neighbour.