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Made By Mortals

We create immersive (stuff that gets you right involved in the action) podcasts, films and musical theatre shows in collaboration with world-class professional artists, health and social care organisations and a wonderful mix of community participants.

We Cultivate 
Creative Citizens.

At Made By Mortals we love people power and creativity  Our mission is to cultivate creative citizens (we also love alliteration!). ‘Cultivate’ because our work is about empowerment and shared ownership for the common good. ‘Creative’ because our work provides space for people to hone and practice their creativity no-matter ability or past artistic experience. ‘Citizens’ because we believe that people can use their creativity to take an active role in society and bring about change through sharing stories, imaginations and experiences in an accessible and meaningful (and don’t forget fun) way.

Bringing people’s
experience to life.

Our work mixes up performers, creators and audiences alike in a way that makes everyone feel like they own a bit of it. We try our utmost to make stuff as participatory as possible and as useful as possible to our partners and the people that make it.

Co-production, co-design and community (I told you we like alliteration) is at the heart of what we do. We provide a service that ‘brings people’s experience to life’ through creativity and in doing so helps life make a bit more sense and the world a bit more of a happier and fairer place to be.

Our Theory of Change 

Meet the team…

Paul Hine
Chief Executive Officer

“Doing theatre when I was a kid kept me out of trouble. I am passionate about helping people cultivate their creativity and use it to help others.

I came to Manchester to go to drama school and never looked back. As an actor I once got cast in a TV show to play someone who was immensely fat with amusing trousers (charming)!’

My passion is for participatory theatre. I’ve had the great joy of working with loads of arts venues, schools, social orgs and wonderful people through-out the city and beyond.

After several years of doing this as a freelance ‘double act’ with Andy, we decided to get our heads together and begin building something that could put people-powered music theatre on the map….Made By Mortals was born.”

Andy Smith
Artistic Director

“I set up Made By Mortals with my partner in crime Paul back in 2017. We’ve worked together for years on participatory projects for orchestras, theatres and health and social care organisations and have always been really passionate about what is possible from a production that has ‘real people’ at its heart.

I grew up around the corner from Tameside so I know the people and the area really well. As a kid, I remember the gang shows, pantos and parades that brought these local communities together. I play piano and compose mainly for orchestral instruments and voice – and I love a good tune!

Aside from Made By Mortals, you might find me contemplating over the football, making a curry or out in the sticks having a jog!”

Abi Young
Project Co-ordinator 

“I do lots of organising for the Made by Mortals team, having lots of fun with spreadsheets, to-do lists and social media! I was a Stage Manager in the theatre world for many years and love using my skills for such a great organisation today!
When I’m not working with Made By Mortals, you’ll find me either walking my two lovely dogs, finding new foodie spots in Manchester or bingeing a good Netflix show!”

Elaine Smithies
Relationship Manager

“I am so excited to be part of the Made By Mortals team as it brings together my skills and experience from working in the media as a freelance director/vision mixer, and from my years spent in the health and social care setting working for a national cancer charity. I am really driven by people’s stories and lived experience and helping turn that into social change – whether that’s through a piece of media, policy change or cultural change.
When I’m not at work I love reading, being by the coast, being ignored by my cat, drinking coffee and playing the occasional 90’s DJ set!”

Chris Brett
Creative Practitioner 

“I am an actor and drama practitioner who is serious about messing about! I have been delivering workshops across the northwest for years and 
I love to see people grow through the creative arts.
I’m really excited to be working with Made by Mortals as I think theatre should be for everyone, and I’m passionate about telling people’s stories in interesting and impactful ways.
When I’m not at work I’m a fan of attending comedy nights , wild swimming and eating!”

Francesca Waite
Writer In Residence

From being little, the only thing I wanted to do was make up stories and act them out. I come from a big family of storytellers, which must be where I got it from. 

I studied Drama at university, much of my degree spent making drama with community groups, which has been my interest ever since. 

I love working with MBM as I get to meet wonderfully extraordinary and inspirational people and imagine new stories with them, that are made into podcasts for others to share.

When I’m not writing or acting, I’m probably travelling, pub quizzing, or eating ice cream!

Catherine Cowdrey
Project Co-ordinator

“Whilst Abi is finding her feet as a new mum, I’m stepping into her shoes to tinker with spreadsheets and tell you all of the exciting Made By Mortals news via our social media channels! I previously worked as a co-ordinator in the education sector whilst moonlighting as an actor and producer in theatre, so I’m loving being able to use my skills to help facilitate arts for all!
When I’m not at work, you’ll probably find me running around Tameside or pampering my very spoilt cat.’

Meet our associates

Vic Elizabeth Turnbull

Vic’s a massive podcast geek and runs MIC Media, a podcast production and training company.. It’s set up as a social enterprise. In 2020 she was thrilled to ribbons to have been nominated in the British Podcast Awards. In 2021 she joined their judging panel.

Vic and her ace marketing coordinator Vicky Wright, work with Made by Mortals to amplify the reach of Armchair Adventures podcast, she adds “it’s an incredibly unique and well made production. Families across the world need to hear it and that’s what I’m here to do, to spread the Armchair Adventures love!” 

Gary Smith
Graphic Design & Brand

Gary at GOTO Creative provides us with his graphic design skills for our visual communications, website and production identities.

“I make visual connections that connect, inform and inspire.  I like to use my design super powers to help make changes for good with public and community groups.”

Gary likes coffee creams, turkish delight and ‘sad dad’ jazz . 

Interested in working with us?

view our current vacancies here

Relationship Manager

The overall purpose of the Relationship Manager is to build and maintain relationships with a variety of stakeholders, from project participants to funders and commissioners. One of MBM’s values is ‘investing in people’, and this is a key aspect of this role.

The Relationship Manager will also lead on audience development, participant recruitment and the evaluation of our projects, tracking the impact of MBM’s work and then disseminating the findings to relevant stakeholders.

The Relationship Manager will promote MBM at various networking events and assist in generating new business. You will work primarily as part of the business development team alongside the CEO and Artistic Director, while also collaborating with engagement, communications and project teams when necessary.

Applications to be received by Friday 30th June 2023

Then download full details and job description here. 


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