Liz O’Neill is Chief Executive and Artistic Director of Z-arts, Manchester’s venue for children and families. She is also chair of the Big Imaginations network of children’s theatre programmers in the North West and Vice-Chair for TYA: England (Theatre for Young Audiences.) She is currently a recipient of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Breakthrough Award, who are supporting her to pursue her vision for family theatre, working with artists and other co-producers to develop, commission and produce new work that reflects the diverse nature of family experience today
Previously Liz was responsible for establishing PANDA (Performing Arts Network and Development Agency), a regional organisation with a national profile, offering business support to emerging performing arts practitioners. At the same time Liz has worked as a Creative Producer, both independently with her own company and for Contact, working on secondment as Acting Executive Producer in 2008. Her earlier years in venue management were at Manchester’s green room, Liverpool’s Unity Theatre and York Arts Centre.