Abdul Shayek

Theatre Director and Artistic Director of Wales-based theatre company FIO, which he founded in 2005. In Autumn 2018 he will be directing Athol Fugard’s The Island, which will tour to theatres, prisons and community spaces across Wales and England, he is also working on various other major local, national and international projects for Fio.

He was also the director for ‘Swarm’, a devised site-specific show about migration and Katori Hall’s ‘The Mountaintop’ and Ariel Dorfmans ‘Death and the Maiden’ at The Other Room. He is former Creative Associate for National Theatre Wales and has worked with a range of organisations including Contact Theatre, Theatre Royal Stratford East and The Almeida and various international organisations and projects. He is a visiting lecturer at the University of East London and has guest lectured at various other institutions.

He is also a National Advisor to Arts Council Wales and was Vice Chair and a founding member of Youth Arts Network Cymru.  Abdul is a Clore Cultural Leadership Fellow (2013-14) and sits on the steering group of the National Alliance for Arts in the Criminal Justice System.