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Leah Weekes +

Theatre Administrator (Creative Apprentice)

Richard Lambert +

Technical Manager

Lindsay Nock +

Finance Manager

Yasmin Hafesji +

Development Assistant

Joshua Allen +

Marketing and Audience Development Officer

Alexandra Davis +

Head of Development

Daisy Cooper +


Chrissy Angus +

General Manager

Jo Royce +

Executive Director and Joint Chief Executive

Ellen McDougall +

Artistic Director and Joint Chief Executive

Theatre Administrator

Leah studied a National Diploma in Graphic Design at Kensington and Chelsea College in 2015 before working part time in retail in a myriad of stores. She now is on the Creative Apprentice scheme at the Gate as the Gate’s Administrator. Leah is in charge of the Young People’s Night at the Gate.


Richard has a BSC (Hons) in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, and is a Former Physics and Electronics Teacher (PGCE), a Figure skating professional (Disney on Ice and Ice Theatre of New York), and Exercise to Music Instructor (Central YMCA). Richard is a Lighting Designer with 40 years’ experience, having spent 7.5 years touring with Disney on Ice. For ETC Richard spent 2 years as their Tech Support Engineer in New York then 8 years as their Technical Services Manager in London.

Richard started MA Lighting UK operations and spent 4 years as Technical Director of MA Lighting UK.

Richard  has been on the Board of Above the Stag Theatre and Landor Theatre and has committee experience with PLASA Lighting Advisory Group, ALD Executive Committee, EQUITY Director and Designers Committee. Richard is currently a NISA National Skating Judge for Singles, Dance and Synchro plus ISU International qualifications in Data Input and Video Replay.
Lindsay began her career as auditor and accountant, working in both practice and industry before seeing the theatrical light and taking a degree in Theatre Design and Production. This led to employment as the Stage Manager of Rambert Dance Company, where she toured both the UK and abroad working on numerous world premieres. She then combined her financial head and theatrical heart as finance assistant at the Watermill Theatre, Newbury before moving to The Gate in June 2013.
Yasmin graduated from the University of Cambridge with a BA in English Literature where she wrote her dissertation on African American responses to racial inequality in literary, visual and performance art. She was heavily involved in student theatre as a production/costume designer and was Education Officer for the Marlowe Society. Prior to University, Yasmin was a Young Ambassador for the Geffrye Museum in Hoxton where she was trained in public speaking and promoted Stories of the World: London as part of the Cultural Olympiad. Yasmin came to the Gate through Creative Access, a charity who seek to change the face of the creative industries by making them more diverse through paid training opportunities for people from diverse backgrounds.

Josh moved from Australia in March 2016 having worked previously in marketing for Perth International Arts Festival, The Blue Room Theatre, Fringe World Festival, City of Perth and the Emerging Writers' Festival. It was through completing a writing and editing degree at RMIT University in Melbourne and his love for independent press, new writing and theatre that brought him to London. His experience in the not-for-profit arts sector leads him to engage with new audiences and provide marketing support to emerging artists.

Prior to joining the Gate, Daisy worked as an independent producer, working primarily in site specific and immersive work for companies such as curious directive, RETZ and The Milo Wladek Co. She has also worked with TheatreCraft, The Olivier Awards with MasterCard, Emma Brunjes Productions and the BBC. 
Before joining the Gate Theatre as General Manger, Chrissy worked at the Pleasance Theatre in both London and Edinburgh as Box Office Manager, having started as an intern in their programming team in 2011. She has completed a Producing Placement with Battersea Arts Centre and has previously worked at the Bush Theatre and Arcola Theatre. Chrissy is also an independent producer on the Fringe with company How Small How Far, having produced Garden (Pleasance Edinburgh, 2015) and Lucy, Lucy and Lucy Barfield (Pleasance Edinburgh, 2016).
Jo Royce joins the Gate Theatre from the National Theatre, where she was Senior Corporate Development Manager, with responsibility for building relationships across the corporate sector and managing the NT’s major partnerships with American Express, Bank of America, Merrill Lynch and Neptune Investment Management. 

Ellen is Artistic Director at the Gate Theatre.

Ellen was formerly part of the Secret Theatre Company at the Lyric Hammersmith, Associate Director at the Gate, and an Associate Artist at ATC. She trained as an assistant to Katie Mitchell and Marianne Elliott and was Director in Residence at the NT Studio. 

Ellen’s recent directing work includes a critically acclaimed production of Othello at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at the Globe – running until April 2017. She has also directed the Lyric’s annual pantomime – Aladdin by Joel Horwood (2016) and Cinderella by Tom Wells (2015). Other recent credits include: The Remains of Maisie Duggan (Abbey Theatre, Dublin); The Rolling Stone (Orange Tree Theatre and Manchester Royal Exchange); The Glass Menagerie (Headlong); Anna Karenina (Manchester Royal Exchange); Idomeneus (Gate Theatre); Henry the Fifth (Unicorn Theatre); Glitterland (Secret Theatre/Lyric Hammersmith); Not Now Bernard, The Nutcracker, Antigone and Philoctetes (Unicorn Theatre); Ivan and the Dogs (ATC).
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 (ATC/Soho Theatre) was nominated for an Olivier Award 2011. 

More information including press: http://theagency.co.uk/the-clients/ellen-mcdougall/


Rachel Chavkin, Lucy Ellinson, Ellen McDougall, Clare Slater, Oliver Townsend, Charlotte Westenra. 

Daisy Bunyan, Caroline Byrne, Jude Christian, Amy Draper, Ela Brunel Hawes, Rebecca Hill, Petra Hjortsberg, Zoe Hurwitz, Magdalena Iwanska, Maria Koutsouna, Anna Lewis, Jade Lewis, Lynette Linton, Bella Loudon, Ed Madden, Sophie Moniram, Kate O’Connor, Anastasia Osei-Kuffour, Alasdair Pidsley, Melanie Spencer, Anna Reid, Tara Robinson, Jennifer Tang, Benjamin Walden.

Rike Berge, Chiara Ciabattoni, Pippa Davis, Eloise Green, Susan Keats, Kieran Lucas, Alasdair MacLeod, Katy Munroe Farlie, Suzy Sancho, Annabel Williamson, James York, Eleanor Rose.

Chloe France, Esther Huntington, Zoe Lambraskis, Naomi Wright, Dilshad Shawki, Nick Hafezi, Sheena Khanna.

Zaida from Bayleaf Cleaning Company, a London Living Wage Service Provider. 

Kate Morley (kate@katemorleypr.com | 07970 465648)

Teresa Alpert, Kristina Borsy, Sarah Chappatte Lang, Lauren Clancy, Charles Cormick, Richard Grandison, Linda Lakhdhir, Rita Laven, Anne Marie Mackay, Kate Maltby, Barbara Prideaux, Nicole Newman, Mark Robinson, Joseph Smith.

Contact us at gate@gatetheatre.co.uk

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