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Aliya Siddique +

Development Assistant

Ellen McDougall +

Artistic Director and Joint Chief Executive

Anthony Simpson-Pike +

Associate Director

Jenny Pearce +


Lynette Linton +

Director – Young Associates

Yasmin Hafesji +

Assistant Director

Tilly Standing +

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Ed Francis +

Head of Development

Hannah Dunne +

Theatre Manager

Jude Christian +

Associate Artist

Natasha Brown +

Marketing Manager

Lise Bell +

Executive Director and Joint Chief Executive

Ellen McDougall is Artistic Director at the Gate Theatre.  Previous credits at the Gate include - Effigies of Wickedness (2018), The Tale of the Unknown Island (2017) and Idomeneus (2014). Other credits include The Wolves (Royal Theatre Stratford East, 2018), a critically acclaimed production of Othello at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at the Globe, the Lyric’s annual pantomime – Aladdin by Joel Horwood (2016) and Cinderella by Tom Wells (2015), The Rolling Stone (Orange Tree Theatre and Manchester Royal Exchange), The Remains of Maisie Duggan (Abbey Theatre, Dublin), The Glass Menagerie(Headlong), Anna Karenina (Manchester Royal Exchange), Henry the Fifth(Unicorn Theatre); Glitterland (Secret Theatre/Lyric Hammersmith) and Ivan and the Dogs (Actors Touring Company/Soho Theatre).
She was awarded an International Artists' Development Award (ACE/British Council) in 2012; she was the runner up in the JMK Award 2008 and directed A Kind of Alaska at BAC. Her production of Ivan and the Dogs (Actors Touring Company/Soho Theatre) was nominated for an Olivier Award in 2011. Ellen will direct Our Town at Regents Park Open Air Theatre in 2019. 


Anthony Simpson-Pike is a theatre-maker and dramaturg whose directing credits include Dreamless Sleep (Bunker), Loyalty and Dissent (Tamasha Theatre/Rich Mix/ National Archives), Welcome to England (Young Court, Royal Court), Detox (Artistic Directors of the Future), Pandora (Peckham Pelican/Zedel/New River Studios), Coma (Southwark Playhouse), Something to Say (St James Theatre), Plunder (Fresh Direction, Young Vic), Camp (Etcetera Theatre/Bussey Building), One for the Road and New World Order (Site- specific).
His credits as assistant director include Parallel Macbeth directed by Caroline Byrne (Young Vic), Father Comes Home from the Wars, Parts 1, 2 and 3 directed by Jo Bonney (Royal Court), Much Ado About Nothing directed by Matthew Dunster (Shakespeare's Globe) and Ear for Eye directed by debbie tucker green (Royal Court).
Anthony trained at National Youth Theatre, and through the Young Vic Director's Program and was a finalist for the JMK award in 2017. He is the Associate Director at the Gate theatre.
Lynette Linton is a director and playwright. She previously directed Assata Taught Me for the Gate.  She is the co-founder of production company Black Apron Entertainment. Her other directing credits include Indenture (Dark Horse Festival), Naked (Vault Festival 2015), Pornado (Theatre Royal Stratford East), This Wide Night (Albany Theatre), a scratch performance of Sweet Like Chocolate, Boy (Rich Mix), and she was co-director on Chicken Palace (which she also wrote, Theatre Royal Stratford East).  

As an Assistant Director her work for the Gate includes Image of An Unknown Young Woman and The Christians and she also worked on Torn at the Royal Court Theatre.  

Her writing credits include Step, Service (Boom Festival, Bush Theatre), Ergo Sum (Theatre Delicatessen) and #Hashtag Lightie (Arcola Theatre).
Yasmin Hafesji is a director and dramaturg. Past dramaturgical credits include Omeros by Derek Walcott (Gate Theatre, 2017). She is currently working with the Lyric Ensemble as Assistant Director (Lyric Hammersmith, 2019) and is the Community Assistant at the Bush Theatre where she supports Community Associate Companies create centrepiece performances with non-professional actors. Yasmin trained under Natalie Abrahami through the Young Vic Intro to Directing Programme.
Ed joined the Gate from the Development team at the Lyric Hammersmith. He has spent his career fundraising for community projects that improve access and participation in the arts, as well as for other causes such as mental health support and skills training for young people.
Jude Christian is a director, writer and performer. She is also Associate Artist of The Yard, Lyric Hammersmith and National Youth Theatre of Great Britain. Her directing credits include Lela & Co (Royal Court Theatre), The Darkest Corners (Transform), The Path (HighTide Theatre). She previously directed I’d Rather Goya Robbed Me of My Sleep Than Some Other Arsehole for the Gate Theatre in 2014 and directs the forthcoming Trust by Falk Richter in 2018.

As an Associate Director, her work includes Aladdin and Shopping and Fucking (Lyric Hammersmith) and Carmen Disruption (Almeida Theatre). As well as directing she was Co-Artistic Director of Concert Theatre (2012 – 2016) and in 2016 she wrote and performed in Nanjing (Now ’16 Festival, The Yard).
Natasha is a writer, perfomer and marketer who has worked for some of London's most exciting theatres. She is excited about her role as Marketing Manager as she hopes to broaden the Gate's reach and ensure diverse audiences are served with rewarding experiences of the performing arts.


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