This page is to celebrate our community of Artists and Partners.
We’re so proud to work with each and every one of them. 70% of our theatre industry are freelancers and without them, we wouldn’t exist.
This page will continue to grow throughout the year…
Barbara is part of Gate Generations
Barbara Joan Smith is an actress from South London. She played the leading role of Beth in ‘White Girl’ directed by Nadia Latif which was nominated for Best Short film at the BFI London Film festival. She has also guest starred in BBC’s Call the Midwife, Casualty and Doctors. She performed in a new play called ‘Unburied’ at the Bunker Theatre last year whose run ended the week before the country locked-down for the first time. She is a member of The Gate’s Young Associates and The National Youth Theatre.
Catherine is part of Gate Generations
Catherine is an actor, writer and producer based in South London. After moving to London from a small horse-racing village she trained with the National Youth Theatre, became a Young Associate at the Gate Theatre and is now studying on the MFA Acting course at LAMDA. Her main ambitions are to develop exciting new writing productions and create a more inclusive and accessible industry for audiences and creatives alike.
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.
Erin is part of Prayer Workshop
Erin is a London-based set and costume designer and interactive installation designer from China. She has a strong interest in interdisciplinary theatre and performance making and she works across installations, plays, musicals, dance, digital theatre, devised theatre. Erin’s digital artwork specialises in digital art Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality experiences. Her VR installations Chamber404 is exhibited in Ars Electronica 2020 x Interactive Architecture Lab, Bartlett School of Architecture. Her recent theatre projects include, The House Never Wins (Kill The Cat Theatre), Freedom Hi, Asian Pirate Musical (PaperGang Theatre), devising interactive performance Money Funny Sunny (Cheeky Chin TC), touring musical Tokyo Rose (Burnt Lemon Theatre). She has also worked as an assistant designer to on Faces In The Crowd (Gate Theatre) Does Her Bomb Look Big In This (Soho Theatre), Summer Roll (Park Theatre) and so on.
Hosanna is part of Gate Generations
Hosanna joined the Gate Young Associates in 2019. She is a theatre creative with an interest in acting and writing who is currently studying on the Foundation Acting course at ALRA. As a writer, Hosanna has written monologues and short plays both independently and through various writers’ workshops and short courses and has performed stand-up comedy. Hosanna also has experience working backstage and enjoys working with props. Previously, Hosanna was Technical Theatre Apprentice at the Royal Opera House (2018-2020) and became a member of Arts Emergency’s first Youth Collective in 2020 (having been a young member of Arts Emergency since 2017).
Theatre credits include: Free Solo (Hen and Chickens Theatre and Tristan Bates Theatre, Assistant Stage Manager [Work Experience]), Annie (Piccadilly Theatre, ATG Work Experience].
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.
Kaajel is part of Prayer Workshop
Kaajel Patel is a London based visual artist, set desinger, dancer & actor. She is trained in Bollywood & Indian Classical dance & is in the professional dance troupe Bollyfemme. Kaajel also works as a theatre and film set designer, teaches painting classes with Brush & Bubbles, and moonlights as a cabaret performer with her all asian drag family The Bitten Peach.
Kwame Owusu is a director, writer and actor. He is currently Resident Assistant Director at the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre. He recently graduated with First Class Honours in Drama and English Literature from The University of Manchester, and is now studying on an MFA in Theatre Directing at Birkbeck, University of London.
His directing credits include Pomona (Edinburgh Festival Fringe), The Wolf From The Door (John Thaw Studio Theatre), and Whiskey Wednesdays (Kickitdown Productions). He was a Trainee Assistant Director on the world premiere of Rimini Protokoll’s Utopolis at Manchester International Festival 2019.
His assistant directing credits include Running with Lions (Lyric Hammersmith / Talawa Theatre Company).
His acting credits include The Letters Project (Gate Theatre), Dear Elizabeth (Gate Theatre), Lost Boys (Unity Theatre), and Waiting for Godot (Theatre Royal Brighton).
Lauren is part of Gate Generations
Lauren is a Brit school trained actor, writer and producer from London. Three of Lauren’s short plays have been performed at London Fringe Theatres, she has performed with the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation funded Bridge Theatre Company with a full run at the Oval House and the Brighton Fringe and spent six months touring children’s theatre in Italy. Alongside her theatre work she runs an Etsy business crocheting bespoke philosophers.
Migrants Organise is a platform where refugees and migrants organise for power, dignity and justice. We develop leadership and open up spaces for relational, organised participation of migrants and refugees in public life.
From two decades of work as the Migrant and Refugee Communities Forum, we know that migrants and refugees make a positive contribution to our country. Migration is fact of life, instead of resisting it – let’s organise it.
Roberta is part of Gate Generations
Roberta Livingston (she/her) is an actor and writer of Caribbean descent. Her recent credits include The Snow Dragon at Derby Theatre and Dear Elizabeth at the Gate Theatre. As a writer, her play Precious Little Thing was broadcast on Radio 4 and she was just part of the Almeida Theatre’s Anthem writers group. She is also co-founder of Speaks of Rivers, a collective of black female theatremakers dedicated to making work for young audiences.
Rohan Gotobed (he/him) is a director and writer from Poole. He loves to explore historical and political narratives and empower the contemporary Dorset voice onstage. His first visit to the Gate was to see ‘Mephisto [A Rhapsody]’, becoming immediately transfixed by the theatre and its manifesto. After training at Birkbeck and the Unicorn Theatre, he is now the Artistic Director of Dorsetborn, a theatre company creating new work born out of Dorset’s unique landscape and heritage.
His directing credits include Georgia and the Iceberg (Dorsetborn), Out of Nowhere (National Youth Theatre), Play Before Birth (also writer), Last Night in Europe, and About Lester (also writer) (Coast to Coast). As an actor his credits include Slaughterhouse Rulez, Casualty, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. He’s also won £5 on Bargain Hunt.
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.
Yasmin Hafesji is Associate Director at the Gate. She was a member of the Young Vic Introduction to Directing Programme 2017, led by Natalie Abrahami.
As director, theatre includes: George (Gate Generations, Gate Theatre); LETTERS (Gate Theatre Online, Co-Director), Rhino(s) (Lyric Evolution Festival, Lyric Hammersmith); Rashida (Fresh Direction: Replay project, as part of the Young Vic Directors Program, Young Vic, Maria); Two Heads and a Hand & The Jokers (Shubbak Festival Staged Reading, Gate Theatre); A Little Iraqi (The Upsetters Takeover Festival, Bunker Theatre); Watch Me Dance! (White City Youth Theatre Summer Project, Bush Theatre); Young Writers Group Showcase (Bush Theatre, Studio).
As assistant director, theatre includes: Women Beware Women (Globe Theatre); Fairview (Young Vic Theatre); Dear Elizabeth (Gate Theatre); The Mob Reformers (Lyric Hammersmith).
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.