Zoe is a Glasgow-based writer and performer, originally from Sheffield.
She is inspired by the imagination and escapism of theatre - using magic, fantasy and science fiction to explore human stories for children and adults. All her work for young people aims to encourage independent thinking and help stimulate their own thoughts and ideas. The themes which most excite her are advancing technologies, our planet's shifting ecology, and the human ability to evolve and change. She is particularly interested in exploring these ideas through female voices, addressing the under-representation of women in speculative genres. Her artistic idols are writers such as Ursula le Guin and Margaret Atwood, and film-maker Hayao Miyazaki, who address the problems of nuclear power and our treatment of the environment through the metaphors of gods and monsters.
Zoe is currently working on children's play Shō and the Demons of the Deep with Independent Arts Projects, which had a work-in-progress sharing as part of Imaginate's Scratch That event at the Traverse Theatre in late 2019. In 2019 she was also a finalist for the prestigious Alpine Fellowship award, and she has been selected for residencies with At Sea and Eden Arts. Her performing credits include: Gulp! (The Bone Ensemble), There's a Mouse in the House (Cumbernauld Theatre), Beauty and the Beast (Lamphouse Theatre), Comet (Pleasance Theatre) and Mephisto (Oxford Playhouse).
Working with Imaginate
Zoe is a 2019-2020 Launchpad Artist 2019-2020, a project for early stage artists interested in making performance for young audiences. This project included Zoe having funds and producing support to develop a scratch version of Shō and the Demons of the Deep in October 2019 and visiting Panoptikum Festival in Nuremberg, Germany in Feburary 2020.