Kate was born Baghdad Iraq and raised in East London, Kate’s traditional Arab name is Inaam-Catherine bint Suhail bin Mohammed bin Salih al-Hashemi.
She trained in Technical Theatre and Stage Management at RADA before studying Arts Admin at Birkbeck College, University of London. Kate then spent over ten successful years as a Stage Manager for a variety of organisations including Birmingham Rep, the RSC, Unicorn Kids Theatre and in the West End.
Having moved into administration Kate worked for English Heritage, Soho Theatre Company and Theatre Royal Stratford East, before undertaking senior management contracts with Colchester Arts Centre, Talawa Theatre Company, Oval House, Daily Life Ltd, Jacksons Lane, Discover Centre for Children, Eastern Angles, Shape East Architectural Centre and Hoxton Hall. Current clients include Culture&, Greenwich Dance and tiata fahodzi.
Strategic Development Manager
Ann was born in the Rhondda Valley, she studied Fine Art at Birmingham Art College and then moved to London where she still lives.
She has many years’ experience of working in the contemporary art sector across the UK and overseas, developing and delivering artistic programmes and projects and advising on organisational, curatorial, artistic and leadership development.
Alongside her professional commitments Ann is Chair of Take Art which takes great art to towns, villages and rural communities.
Sandra Thompson Quartey
Training & Programme Producer
Sandra leads the training and develops programmes, events and membership services for Artistic Directors of the Future.
Sandra is also the Artistic Director and founder of High-Rise Avenue (https://www.highriseavenue.com); a multi-disciplinary production company, which produces exciting new theatre shows written and directed by people of colour and adapts them for film and television. The company was previously led under the name of Writers Avenue, a theatre company that developed and showcased new writers and produced showcases predominantly at Soho Theatre and the Pleasance.
From 2015-2020 she worked as a talent agent and ran her own agency, The Artist & Creative Avenue (ACA), which primarily represented people of colour and international artists based in London, LA, New York, Italy and Germany. Sandra facilitated job opportunities within theatre, television, film and commercials, including National Theatre, Donmar Warehouse, Soho Theatre, Old Vic, Warner Brothers, BBC, Sony and Netflix.
Engagement and Membership Producer
Francesca Murray-Fuentes is a British-Chilean Director and Theatre-maker. She trained on the MFA in Theatre Directing at Birkbeck, and hold a first class degree in Politics and Sociology from York University.
Francesca is Artistic Director of Hurricane People, a new theatre company rooted in collaboration that platforms artists of mixed heritage. Hurricane People are an associate company of Theatre Deli.
Francesca has previously been a resident director at Leeds Playhouse, and Oxford Playhouse, and is currently an associate artist with Red Ladder. Francesca is also an Amnesty Freedom of Expression Award-nominated playwright, and works with young people as a facilitator and practitioner in regional venues across the UK.
Admin, Marketing and Membership Co-Ordinator
Jordan was born and lives in London. In 2020 she gained a degree in LLB Law from London Southbank University. Throughout studying she worked part-time for Kim Morgan Press and Marketing on various arts projects. She started out as a foot soldier and then became a general press and marketing assistant working on shows including Barbershop Chronicles at Roundhouse, Pegasus Opera Company, Southbank Centre, and Studio 3 Arts. She has also worked as a Visitor Service Assistant at Hoxton Hall.
Jordan thrives to gain more understanding and experience within the arts whilst also pursing her dream to become a lawyer.
Jordan enjoys travelling, reading, and trying to keep fit.