Meet the team, we’re a friendly bunch!
ABDUL SHAYEK, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
As Artistic Director of Fio, which he founded in 2005, Abdul was also recently appointed a member of the Arts and Creative Economy Advisory group at the British Council in 2018. He is former Creative Associate for National Theatre Wales, working with a range of organisations including Contact Theatre, Theatre Royal Stratford East, The Almeida, RSC and The National. He is a visiting lecturer at University of East London and has guest lectured at various other institutions, as well as being a National Advisor to Arts Council Wales and Vice Chair of Youth Arts Network Cymru. Abdul is also a Core Cultural Leadership Fellow (2013-14), as well as previously sitting on the steering group of the National Alliance for Arts in the Criminal Justice System.
NICOLE MAY, associate PRODUCER
Nicole is a Mancunian based poet who has worked with the Manchester International Festival, BBC, National Theatre Wales and leads Young Identity, Manchester. Nicole is also the director of AndWhat TV, an online spoken word channel. She has worked with Fio for many years, leading and facilitating a number of workshops, producing ‘The Island’ Welsh tour in 2018 and taking part in Resonate, India in 2017.
DOMINIKA RAU, PROJECTS ASSOCIATE
Dominika is a Performing Arts Specialist and Choreographer, graduating from Aberystwyth University with a BA in Performance Art. Dominika has her own radio show on Radio Platfform called ‘ World in My Eyes’, where she talks with people from around the world about their experiences of moving to Wales. Dominika joined Fio through the Declaration project and currently works with the Fio:Futures Young Company as a Project Associate.
JASMINE OKAI, ADMINISTRATOR AND ASSISTANT PRODUCER
Jasmine is an English Literature graduate of Cardiff University (Class of 2018) who has always had a passion for theatre, spoken word and prose. Joining Fio in 2018 during the UK tour of The Island in a trainee position, Jasmine continues to work with Fio in an arts administration and assistant producer role.
STEPHEN HOLLEY, FINANCE MANAGER
Stephen is our Wales-born, pepsi-loving finance manager and all round numbers genius. Having studied Accounting and Finance in Wales, Stephen was a very natural fit to join the team!
Edward Wood (Chair)
I’m Director of Research in the House of Commons Library, an independent research unit based in Parliament. I’ve always loved theatre, and I’m a passionate believer in diversity in the arts and in all parts of society, so it’s a real privilege to be the chair of this great company.
I joined Fio as a trustee in 2018 when after 10 years as a youth and community worker, I started a new career in funding. I bring a vast amount of community development experience and contacts to my trustee role. In addition to paid work, I am also an active anti-racism campaigner.
I’m a trade union official with a total fixation on improving ordinary people's lives. Social justice and solidarity isn’t simply a life goal but something I strive for, as part of a huge collective. I believe theatre should be accessible to all, regardless of social class, race, sexuality, age or ability. Fio's aims do just that!
I have worked in alternative education and the prison service for most of my life. I am passionate about equality, fairness and unlocking potential. I believe that theatre, like all the Arts, is a powerful forum that can stimulate change as well as provide opportunity. I became a trustee because Fio embodies principles I believe in. Website: http://www.philforderart.co.uk
I am Strategic Head of People at Chwarae Teg, a Charity that focuses on the economic development of women in Wales- a topic close to my heart, where I have been for the past 2.5 years. Prior to that, I worked in HR and Talent Management in Broadcasting at the BBC and ITV. I am passionate about equality and diversity. Outside work, I love to travel, spend time with friends and family, practice yoga and eat!
Involved in various forms of entertainment for over 17 years, I began facilitating lyric writing and music production workshops for young people. Now the Creative Learning Officer at the Wales Millennium Centre, I returned to a former passion of theatre that being part of Fio allows me to do.
My background and expertise is in Theatre production and my work at National Theatre Wales has informed and enhanced this. My passion is in creating sustainable careers in the arts and collaborating with communities.
Our Extended Family of Freelancers
Top from left: Serena Caemawr, Yuqun Fan, Naseem Syed
Bottom from left: Jade Lewis-Roe, Hassan Panero, Elizabeth Wellington, Christina Dembenezi