Joe is the Chair of the Gate’s Board.
Before the formation of Smith & Brant Theatricals in 2013 Joe was a Partner of McCabe/Smith. There his producing credits included Broadway hit revivals How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying and Promises, Promises. In the West End he produced Million Dollar Quartet, and the multi award-winning Sweeney Todd and Spring Awakening.
Executive Producer of Old Vic Productions: from 2006 until early 2017 Joe lead the OVP team in producing a wealth of productions including the Olivier Award-winning Jerusalem, Clybourne Parkand the critically acclaimed Passion Play, Private Lives, Good People and The Pajama Game. In addition, he represented the company in its role as co-producer with Working Title Films of the smash hit, Billy Elliot The Musical.
Chief Executive of Stage One: for the past four years Joe has headed up Stage One and strongly believes in nurturing and supporting the next generation of commercial producers. In 2014 he was instrumental in creating the One Stage season at the St James Theatre.
Prior to this he worked as a producer at the National Theatre for 10 years.
Charles graduated from Cambridge University with a BA in English Literature and theatrical experience that included a Marlowe Society production of “Cyrano de Bergerac” and successful Edinburgh Fringe productions such as “Shakespeare for Breakfast”. Since then he has combined a career within investment management with continued support for the theatre.
Jan is an Account Director at AKA, the global marketing and advertising agency, and leads the strategy across a wide range of theatre projects that includes commercial transfers from the National Theatre (One Man, Two Guvnors, People, Places and Things, Oslo, A Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time and War Horse), the Theatre Royal Haymarket and many more.
Her background includes leading the marketing for Ticketmaster and See Tickets and for the Cameron Mackintosh owned venue chain, Delfont Mackintosh Theatres.
She is a huge advocate of new writing and emerging producers, working regularly with Stage One, the charity that supports and trains commercial producers.
Nicole Newman is a fundraising consultant specialising in culture and education. Prior to becoming a consultant Nicole worked for several major arts organisations including as Development Director/Capital Project Director at English National Ballet, Development Director at English National Opera, and Development Director at Somerset House Trust. She also led the corporate fundraising at the V&A, and before that at Tate around the opening of Tate Modern, where she established many of the commercial partnership models that still exist today. She is co-founder of the international CultureBusiness conference with Agenda Communications in Paris and regularly runs training programmes in the UK and internationally. She lives in London and is a Trustee of the Gate Theatre in Notting Hill and the immersive theatre company, Punchdrunk.
Peter is a professional opera singer. After his degree at Newcastle University he trained at the Royal College of Music and Flanders Opera Studio, Belgium. Recent and future engagements include performances with the Royal Opera House, English National Opera, Glyndebourne, La Monnaie, Nederlandse Reisopera, Opéra de Lyon and Opera North. His involvement with the Gate began with the Gate/ENO coproduction of Effigies of Wickedness: Songs Banned by the Nazis, which was developed from an idea by Peter. His wider professional interests include new work, diversity in arts education and mentoring. He is a Churchill Fellow, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and BBC Radio 3 Next Generation Voice.
Niki qualified as an Accountant in 2004. Following 4 years working in finance in the retail sector she joined the Barbican in 2003 where she became Head of Finance in 2005, in 2007 her responsibilities were extended to Head of Finance for the Barbican and Guildhall School of Music and Drama. As well as the Gate Niki sits on the Board for the Boy Blue Entertainment.
David, an international lawyer, has been a partner in the firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison since 1992. He was based initially in New York City, then in Tokyo, and since 2002 has been resident in London. He is also a director of Human Rights Watch, Inc. and Chair of its Asia Advisory Committee, and the Chair of the board of trustees of the American University of Central Asia in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. A graduate of Harvard College and the Harvard Law School, he has served as a pro bono advisor to theatre, dance and other arts organizations, in both New York and London, for over 25 years.
Lauren graduated from the North Carolina School of the Arts in 1979, specialising in contemporary dance. Having been a professional dancer for fifteen years, she moved to London where she changed her focus to a more philanthropic support for the arts. Aside from being a long-term patron for several dance companies, she has served on the Development Working Group for The Gate, as well as gala committees for both The Gate and Sadlers Wells. Lauren joined The Gate Board in 2014.
Sarah’s working life began in advertising and branding, running accounts for JWT and WCRS in London and Brussels, as New Business Director for JWT in London in the ’80’s, managing the international agency team running the communications for the Mass Privatisation Programme in Poland in the ’90’s and more recently as Brand Director of Taut, a sports drink start up. Since 2008 she has been focussed on managing a family property business. Member of the Advocates Board of the Royal Court since 2010 and enthusiastic supporter of the Gate forever.