Z-arts is Manchester’s dedicated venue for children, families and friends and our mission is to inspire and enable generations of young people from across Manchester and beyond to utilise their creativity to maximise their potential.
In 2017 we became an Associate Company of the venue and co-produced The Welcoming Party with them, the Manchester International Festival and the Ruhrtriennale Festival.
Charlotte is an associate artist of Theatre-Rites and has collaborated with us on Rubbish, The Lost Glove, Animating the Brain and curated a research residency for this project at Great Ormond Street Hospital.
Charlotte is a theatre maker, performer and puppeteer whose work is motivated by her love of collaborative creation. Her passion for visual storytelling and making theatre as an ensemble took her to École Jacques Lecoq in Paris, where she then trained for two years.
Over the last eight years she has honed her craft in devised physical theatre and puppetry, and has performed, written, designed and directed theatre work for indoor and outdoor shows across the UK and internationally. Her other theatre credits include; Theatre Ad Infinitum (Bucket List, Light), 1927 (Golem), The National Theatre (The Elephantom), Polka Theatre (The Borrowers) and Horse and Bamboo (Red Riding Hood). Her film credits include; Abel et Gordon (Lost in Paris), Hive House Films (Soul Song) and Lizzy Oxby (The Lost Glove).
Mohsen is an associate puppeteer with Theatre-Rites, he has collaborated with us on 13 shows to date. A graduate of The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, his credits include: The Welcoming Party, Paradise, Mischief, Mojo, Bank On It, Rubbish and The Broke 'N' Beat Collective (Theatre-Rites). Romeo & Juliet, King Arthur and the Quest for the Grail, The Secret Garden, Karagoz (Little Angel Theatre), Doctor Dolittle (David Ian Productions), The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Disney), Charlie and Lola’s Best Bestest Play (Polka Theatre). Mohsen also appeared in the internationally acclaimed Peter Pan (360° Entertainment), In the Night Garden (BBC), as a blue alien for Argos (CHI&Partners), in Muppets Most Wanted (Disney), Travelodge's “Travelogical” stills campaign (James Day Photography) and his work can be seen in Joe Wright’s Pan (Warner Bros. Pictures). Mohsen's work can currently be seen in the latest big purple monster campaign from Monster_fullstop_com (mcgarrybowen). And the West End hit and Olivier Award nominated Nice Fish (Sonia Friedman Productions).
Elgiva Field is an Associate Director of Theatre-Rites. She has worked with the company on three productions: Paradise, Bank On It and Recycled Rubbish.
Elgiva has been Creative Producer at the egg in Bath, Creative Producer for Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival and Joint Artistic Director of the 2014 Coventry Mysteries Festival. She has also worked regularly with Punchdrunk and Les Enfants Terribles.
She is the Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Oblique House, working with Kew Gardens, the Arcola, the 61st Aldeburgh Festival and the 25th anniversary production of Was He Anyone? by N.F. Simpson (Union Theatre).
Adjjima was a Theatre-Rites Bursary recipient from 2006 to 2008, in this time she Assistant Directed our 2008 production of Lighten Up. She is a theatre director and producer who holds MA degrees from Goldsmiths College and Middlesex University. She was the recipient of Independent Theatre Council’s Theatre Administrative Bursary, attached to Almeida Theatre (2006-7). She was nominated by the International Association of Theatre Critics Thailand as Best Director for “The Chairs” in 2013. She is the Artistic Director of Arts on Location.
Sophia trained as a sculptor. Much of her work is created collaboratively with artists from other disciplines and audience interaction is often an integral component. She makes work in a variety of contexts - from black box theatre to public spaces - a shopping centre, a playground in a park; inside and outside; temporary and permanent.
Her relationship with Theatre-Rites began in 1998 when she worked as the installation artist on The Lost and Moated Land. As an Associate Artist of the company, she designed many touring and site-specific productions including Shopworks, commissioned by LIFT and the Vienna Festival in 2003, the touring show In One Ear and in 2007 she co-created Theatre-Rites first middle-scale prduction Mischief, which was commissioned by Sadler's Wells and the Dance Touring Partnership. In 2004 she collaborated with composer Craig Vear to create a two-month long installation, Outside In commissioned by the South Bank Centre.