Hello! We are UPLIT. Lovely to meet you. 

Zoe Pollock

Chief Executive Officer & Artistic Director

Zoe is an arts and cultural leader with over 10 years experience in strategic organisational development and audience engagement. As a senior manager and sector leader, Zoe has a strong track record in development and fundraising, creative production and stakeholder engagement.

For six-and-a-half years years Zoe lead the History Council of NSW, where she was responsible for connecting diverse audiences with history and heritage through a broad range of programming including the annual History Week, public lectures, seminars and innovative immersive events. More recently, as Head of Development at Sydney Living Museums, Zoe built a network of engaged supporters and lead growth of external revenue through strategic corporate partnerships, philanthropy and membership. Passionate about creating positive change through collaboration and effective relationships, Zoe is looking forward to contributing to the work of the Queensland arts and cultural sector.

Tanya Cooling

General Manager

Tanya has over 15 years’ experience as an internationally performing artist in opera, chamber music, film and voice-over recording. She holds a double Masters degree in Music and Performance from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London and was a Guildhall Artist Fellow. Prior to returning to Brisbane in 2012, Tanya was Personal Assistant to the Artistic Director and Education Project Manager for the Concordia Foundation, where she managed projects, international tours and children’s education programs operating in partnership with the Lord Mayor of the City of London producing creative initiatives in support of international diplomacy. Joining UPLIT in 2013, she became General Manager in 2016 and is a 2017 Future Leader with the Australia Council for the Arts. 

Emily Kinny

Development Manager

As Development Manager at Brisbane Writers Festival Emily is thrilled to be building meaningful partnerships to promote a culture of sharing stories and ideas throughout Queensland. In her home state, Minnesota, she freelanced in a range of creative roles including arts marketing, portrait photography and advertisement photo styling. Her recent role as part of Brisbane Powerhouse’s development team familiarised her with Brisbane’s arts, cultural and corporate sectors. 

Bill Hazard

Head of Production

Bill’s extensive experience in the arts and events industry spans 25 years, both on and off the stage. Most recently as Production Manager at the Brisbane Powerhouse, Bill delivered events for the Myriad Festival for tech and innovation, Queensland Ballet, the Powerhouse Writers+Ideas program, and the Brisbane Festival. He was a songwriter for internationally touring Queensland electronic artists Soma Rasa, and co-produced an extensive recording catalogue. Joining the UPLIT team in 2017, Bill will drive an enhanced event experience for our communities, through the creative use of technology vision, light and sound. 

Lara Shprem

Adult Programs Coordinator

Lara has a background of event management in the music industry. She interned with Brisbane Writers Festival in 2013 and since then has worked as an event manager and project officer at the State Library of Queensland. 

Ella Peile

Children & Young Adult Programs Coordinator

Ella has been working with young people for the past fourteen years, including six years as a teacher with Education Queensland. She has also worked with Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre and as an Education Resource Writer for Queensland Theatre Company. Ella enjoys all art forms and has produced work as a writer, director, performer, and artist. She holds degrees in Creative Industries and Education. 

Cassandra Ramsay

Marketing Manager

Cassandra has worked in marketing with various arts organisations in the past, including the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts, Brisbane Powerhouse and Crack Theatre Festival (TiNA). Cassandra has a Bachelor of Education (Secondary) and a Bachelor of Applied Theatre, and also has worked as a playwright, performer and producer. She currently also works as the Creative Producer of THAT Production Company, a theatre company based in Ipswich, having presented works for the Story Arts Festival Ipswich, Ipswich Festival, and Anywhere Theatre Festival, and at various venues across South East Queensland.