Daze is a London based Youth Climate Justice Activist who centres on Regenerative Cultures, Intersectionality, Radical Social Justice and Youth Political Engagement in her work. Described by The Guardian as “a ball of energy, conviction and warmth”, Daze’s advocacy for racial systemic change has led her to work with many leading charities, institutions, governments and grassroots change-makers globally. In 2019, she became the youngest candidate to stand in a European Parliamentary election and ran under the banner of a Climate and Ecological Emergency Independent to bring awareness to the need for political will in addressing the climate crisis. She has strong ties with the climate movement Extinction Rebellion since its early days and she was a founding member of the movement’s youth branch. Daze is currently a Creative Director at Earthrise Studio, a creative agency dedicated to communicating the climate crisis as well as an Artist in Residence at Phytology, the Bethnal Green Nature Reserve. Daze’s work is rooted in deep love, duty and care for all life; she continues to passionately organise with many grassroots campaigns and organisations.
Zia Ahmed (he/him) is a poet and writer hailing from North-West London. He is part of the London Laureates, having been shortlisted for London’s Young Poet Laureate 2015/16. He is a former Roundhouse Slam Champion and a Writer in Residence at Paines Plough as part of the Channel 4’s Playwright Scheme 2017. In 2018 he was chosen to be a part of the Bush Theatre’s Emerging Writers Group. In 2019, Zia’s stage debut I Wanna Be Yours premiered at the Bush Theatre. He is a recipient of the Royal Court Theatre Jerwood New Playwrights Programme 2021.
Atri’s directing credits include Julius Caesar (RSC), The Glass Menagerie, Utopia and Hobson’s Choice (all Royal Exchange), Britannicus (Lyric Hammersmith), Kes (Bolton Octagon/Theatre by the Lake), Harm (Bush Theatre) and ERROR ERROR ERROR (Marlowe Theatre/RSC). He also directed Harm as a film for the BBC Lights Up season on BBC Four.
Atri is a recipient of the 2022-24 Peter Hall Bursary from the National Theatre. In 2022, he was named in The Stage as one of “25 theatre-makers to watch out for over the next quarter-century and beyond”. In 2019, for Hobson’s Choice, he won The Stage Debut Award for Best Director. His translation of Pier Lorenzo Pisano’s Carbon was selected for a 2023 honour by Eurodram, the European network for drama in translation.
He is a trustee for the Regional Theatre Young Directors’ Scheme (RTYDS) and was previously Trainee Director at the Royal Exchange and a Resident Director at the Almeida.
Chiara is a writer training as a Biodanza facilitator. She is an intrepid explorer of the inner and outer worlds, loves to celebrate human light and shadow through ritual and dance.
Nicola Clements (she/her) was most recently Interim Executive Director at Camden People’s Theatre (CPT) from May 2021 until July 2022. Before her appointment at CPT, she spent over a decade working in fundraising and event management at the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC). She is also a trustee at WAC Arts.
Paige is a South West born and London-based General Manager, Producer & Writer with a MA in Creative Producing (Mountview, Distinction). Paige’s career has centred around supporting emerging artists and creating accessible artistic hubs, with previous credits as Theatre Programming, Marketing & Production Manager at OSO Arts Centre, and as Venue Manager at NDT Broadgate – coordinating the delivery of allocating 110,000+ hours of free rehearsal space to emerging artists post pandemic. When not running theatres, Paige is a writer & producer making her own food-focused performance work, believing in the use of food to connect people across socio-economic backgrounds and other ideologies. She hopes to do a PhD in it one day! Paige has showcased her work at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, Drayton Arms Theatre, Exeter Phoenix & intoBodmin, and has also worked with Park Theatre, PW Productions, Baby Wants Candy! & Rosemary Branch Theatre.
Tristan is a Queer Black British-born Ghanaian cultivated by South London. He is a writer and director with a practice that specializes in storytelling, physicality, manipulation of music, breaking the fourth wall and exercising the imagination of both actor and audience. He has made work for the Royal Court, Young Vic, Bush Theatre, Guildhall School of Music & Drama among others, and performed at the National Theatre. In 2019, he won the JMK Award for directing and presented the 5-star revival of Arinze Kene’s Little Baby Jesus. He is the co-director of the trailblazing For Black Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When The Hue Gets Too Heavy by Ryan Calais Cameron.
Katherine has been part of the Gate Theatre team for such a long time, she’s part of the furniture.
She has worked in the charity sector for over twenty years as a freelance Finance Manager and financial consultant and is particular interested in theatre, music and dance having once been a performer herself.
Katherine also works with Cheek By Jowl, Boy Blue, Miracle Theatre, Hackney Showrooms, Sound Connections and Drake Music.
Alice works as Producer at the Gate across our in-house, co-produced and international programme.
Born and raised in South East London, Alice is passionate about platforming theatre that speaks to different communities in London. She strives to produce work that is inclusive, accessible and that examines the cross sections between the personal, political, global and local.
Before starting at the Gate in March 2022 she was Producer at Cardboard Citizens. She has previously worked with organisations like the National Theatre, Graeae Theatre Company, The Coronet Theatre, Barrowland Ballet and more. Alongside this role, she is the Producer of a small theatre company that works with learning disabled and neurodiverse adults called Square Pegs Arts.
John is a theatre director and dramaturg with interests in new writing, modern classics, and international work. He is the tenth recipient of the Genesis Future Directors Award at the Young Vic and trained on the National Theatre Directors’ Course. In February 2022 his production of Mugabe, My Dad and Me by Tonderai Munyevu transferred to London as the inaugural show at Brixton House. He is an Associate Director at York Theatre Royal and for NT Connections and was previously Agent for Change at Leeds Playhouse. He is a trustee of several organizations including Middle Child and Stage Directors UK.
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