INTERSECT 2018 participant, Abdul Shayek. 

Abdul Shayek is one of the six 2018 INTERSECT participants. The programme aims to strengthen international connections between those who are changing whose work is seen, what is seen, how it is seen and who sees it.

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.