INTERSECT 2018 participant, Abdul Shayek. 


Abdul Shayek is one of this year's six INTERSECT participants, a programme promoting international collaboration for greater cultural diversity and inclusion in the arts.

About Abdul Shayek

Abdul Shayek is a Theatre Director and Artistic Director of FIO, which he founded in 2005. 

About Fio

Fio is a Cardiff based theatre company working across the UK and internationally, bringing world class socio-political stories to local audiences. Fio makes theatre that celebrates individuality, offering everybody a chance to make their mark in the world.

Work on stage

Abdul was formerly the 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.

Abdul’s notable directing credits include 'Swarm', a devised site-specific show about migration; Katori Hall's 'The Mountaintop' and Ariel Dorfmans 'Death and the Maiden' at The Other Room. 

Other projects

Abdul 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.