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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 bet

Our Theory of Change 

Meet the team…

Paul Hine

“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!”

Jenny Thomas
Project Co-ordinator

“I do lots of stuff behind the scenes to organise things, my passions are lists, systems and stationery! I joined Made by Mortals in November 2020 and have loved every manic minute since. It is a privilege to work with such an incredible organisation and its amazing participants.

When I’m not working for Made by Mortals, I like to go on fairly long walks – the longest one was probably the West Highland Way (c112 miles in a week) and the most challenging, a stroll up to Everest Base Camp!”

Meet our associates

Carolyn Hughes
PR/Marketing consultant

Carolyn runs Breathe PR and has been very busy shouting about all our work and heading our PR/marketing strategy since 2020.

“I love working with Made by Mortals – their work with different groups and communities in the North West is so inspirational. Their creativity knows no bounds and there is so much potential for their creative collaborations for positive change.”

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 . 

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!” 

Interested in working with us?

view our current vacancies here


• Salary: 32K Pro Rata
(PAYE contract or as a fixed term freelance agreement).
Hours: 2 days per week, must be available on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Additional days may be offered on a project-to-project basis.
Place Of Work: Our office space at Ashton Old Baths and main workshop space at Guide Bridge Theatre (and other workshop/performance space around Greater Manchester depending on the project). 
• Benefits include: Employer contribution of 5% into pension scheme (if PAYE), training and development opportunities, staff theatre trips.
For a detailed job description and how to apply download specification here
Deadline for applications Friday 19th November 2021


Salary: 23-24K pro rata
(PAYE contract or as a fixed term freelance agreement).
• Hours: The equivalent of 4 days/week.
Note. Team meetings are on Monday afternoons.
• Place Of Work: Our offices at Ashton Old Baths
• Benefits include: Flexible working hours, a 5% employer contribution to pension scheme (if PAYE), training and development opportunities, staff theatre trips.
For a detailed job description and how to apply download specification here
Deadline for applications Friday 19th November 2021

We are also always on the look out for freelance artists to help us on a project to project basis. We are particularly interested in hearing from musicians, composers, creative practitioners (music and/or drama) and set designers. If this sounds like you, please send your CV to jenny@madebymortals.org and we’ll be in touch.



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