Writer – Opera Maker – Facilitator


Zoë is currently under commission to Pittsburgh Festival Opera, Den Jyske Opera and Carnegie Hall and is working on a development commission with The Royal Opera House and Leicester Curve.  This July saw the world premier of Keepers of The Corallite – a song cycle for countertenor Iestyn Davies composed by Daniel Saleeb, commissioned by The Veronica Stewart Arts Trust.

From 2011 – 2017 Zoë worked with Spitalfields Music to create Musical Rumpus, an award-winning opera series for children which toured the UK and Europe to venues including Elbphilharmonie, Richmix and The Royal Opera House. She has twice been writer for the Performing Arts Lab in Fontainebleau and was ACE writer in Residence on Thames View Estate in 2013. Other writing credits include: The Finding (Mahogany Opera – Various Stages), Otoyotoy (Carnegie Hall), Fosterling (Ovalhouse), Guildhall Spring Opera Scenes (GSMD), Watch Me (GSMD), Wonderland (Bath International Festival), Orla’s Moon, Orla & the Sun (Wonderful Beast Theatre Company), Where Corals Lie (VIVA Orchestra).

Zoë is a visiting professor of writing at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she was fellow of creative writing (2016-17) and recently graduated with distinction from their MA in Opera-Making, generously supported by a Headley Scholarship. She also holds an PG Cert in Creative Leadership (RCM), MSc in Human Ecology (University of Strathclyde) and BSc in Anthropology (UCL). She has studied privately with ex-National Theatre Dramaturg John Burgess.

As a facilitator Zoë has delivered creative workshops and consultancy for clients including: Creative Futures, The Royal College of Music, Juilliard, ENO, Bath International Festival, The Southbank, Spitalfields Music, Opera North, A Little Bird (LEGO DUPLO). Zoë is a founder member of Woven Gold Choir and has an abiding interest and specialism in working with mothers and babies to support bonding through singing and songwriting.

Zoë’s work as a presenter includes: The TransAtlantic Slave Trade (Discovery), Treks in a Wild World – a 6-part series for National Geographic, Planet of the  Apes (Discovery) GlobetrekkerFierce Earth (CBBC).