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Ellen McDougall +

Artistic Director and Joint Chief Executive

Jo Royce +

Executive Director and Joint Chief Executive

Natasha Brown +

Marketing Manager

Jude Christian +

Associate Artist

Alexandra Davis +

Head of Development

Yasmin Hafesji +

Development Assistant

Lynette Linton +

Director – Young Associates

Justin Hamilton +

Administrator - Creative Apprentice

Sarah Murray +

General Manager

Jenny Pearce +


Anthony Simpson-Pike +

Associate Director

Ellen McDougall is Artistic Director at the Gate Theatre.  Previous credits at the Gate include - Idomeneus (2014), The Tale of the Unknown Island (2017). Other credits include 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, Not Now Bernard, The Nutcracker, Antigone and Philoctetes (Unicorn Theatre); Glitterland (Secret Theatre/Lyric Hammersmith) and Ivan and the Dogs (Actors Touring Company/Soho Theatre).
McDougall 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. 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.

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


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. 
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.
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).
Alex has worked in philanthropy across the cultural sector, including within heritage, the visual arts, literature and theatre. She joined the Gate as Head of Development in April 2017, after roles at institutions including Tate, the Landmark Trust and The London Library. 
Alex is also a Trustee of the Ian Karten Charitable Trust, which provides assistive technologies and educational access for people with learning or physical disabilities, and is a Director of Young Arts Fundraisers, a professional network that provides a much-needed forum for thought leadership and professional development for early-career cultural sector fundraisers. In her spare time, she is also an official Tour Guide for the Victoria and Albert Museum.
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.
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).
Anthony Simpson-Pike is a director and writer whose credits include Loyalty and Dissent (Tamasha Theatre/Rich Mix), Welcome to England (Royal Court, Young Court), Detox (Artistic Directors of the Future, National Theatre Clore Studio), 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), and Much Ado About Nothing directed by Matthew Dunster (Shakespeare's Globe).

Anthony trained at National Youth Theatre, and through the Young Vic Director's Program and was a finalist for the JMK award in 2017.


Martin Shippen - press@gatetheatre.co.uk

Duty Managers
Rike Berg, Martina Capelli, Chiara Ciabattoni, Theo Harrison, Susan Keats, Alasdair MacLeod, Eleanor Rose, Annabel Williamson

Box Office
Cory Haas, Esther Huntington, Zoe Lambraskis, Suzy Sancho, Anna Sheard, Naomi Wright

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