The Gate Theatre announced today the addition of four new Associate Artists to join the company from June 2022.
The new Associates are Climate Change Activist, Daze Aghaji; Poet and Writer Zia Ahmed; Writer, Director and Performer Tristan Fynn-Aiduenu; and Director and Dramaturg John R. Wilkinson. They will be joining Associate Artist Rosie Elnile and Associate Director Yasmin Hafesji at the theatre.
They join the Gate over the next few months to work closely alongside Interim Artistic Director Stef O’Driscoll at this crucial time in the Gate’s story. The Associate Artists represent a rich and diverse selection of leading change-makers and each brings a unique set of skills to help the company fulfil its artistic vision, as the Gate progresses in its search for a new physically accessible home.
Interim Artistic Director, Stef O’Driscoll said: “I am hyped to welcome these incredible humans as part of the Gate’s new artistic team. Each of these brilliant minds care passionately about social justice, talent development and how an arts venue can tell global stories that speak to its local community. They value the role of culture in mitigating the climate emergency and want to interrogate the relationship between race and class in some of the UK’s most deprived multicultural areas. This team will be pivotal in steering the direction of artistic output at the Gate through collective thinking. We are excited to support them to nurture their ambitions, pilot new processes and push their creative boundaries. And this is just the beginning. We look forward to more upcoming partnerships with international artists. Watch this space.”