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The Gate has a phenomenal history for championing amazing people and creating astonishing work.  Here are some names you might recognise – former Artistic Directors of the Gate who have gone on to do big things:

Stephen Daldry

Went on to be Artistic Director of the Royal Court, has received multiple Oscar nominations for his films and oversaw the 2012 London Olympic opening and closing ceremonies.

Laurence Boswell

Went on to have an extensive West End career before becoming an Associate Director at the RSC and then Artistic Director of the Ustinov Studio in Bath.

David Farr

Went on to be Artistic Director of the Bristol Old Vic, The Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith and then Associate Director at the RSC.

Mick Gordon

Went on to be an Associate Director at the National Theatre before taking over as Artistic Director at the Aarhus Teater – Denmark’s second largest theatre.

Erica Whyman

Went on to be Artistic Director of Northern Stage before becoming Deputy Artistic Director at the RSC.

Thea Sharrock

Went on to have an extensive West End career.
 

Carrie Cracknell

Went on to be an Associate Director first at the Young Vic and then at the Royal Court.
 

Nathalie Abrahami

Went on to be Associate Director at the Young Vic.

 
Here are just a few of the freelance artists who worked at the Gate at the start of their careers:

 

Rufus Norris

Directed The Measles at the Gate in 1998, will be the next Artistic Director of the National Theatre.
 

Rupert Goold

Directed the Colonel Bird at the Gate in 1999, is currently Artistic Director of the Almeida Theatre.
 

Katie Mitchell

Directed Women of Troy at the Gate in 1991, went on to be an Associate Director at the National Theatre before developing a major European career.
 

Ramin Gray

Directed The Child at the Gate in 1998, went on to be an Associate Director at the Royal Court before taking over as Artistic Director of ATC.
 

Sarah Kane

Wrote and directed Phaedra’s Love at the Gate in 1996, and is now considered to be one of the most important British dramatists of the 20th Century.
 

Lyndsey Turner

Was Associate Director at the Gate when she directed Juan Mayorga’s Nocturnal (2009) and Tom Basden’s Joseph K (2010). She has since forged a remarkable freelance career at the National Theatre, in the West End and on Broadway.
 

Dominic Cooke

Directed The Weavers at the Gate in 1996, went on to become Artistic Director of the Royal Court.
 

Our thanks to every artist who has made the Gate such an exciting theatre over the last 35 years.