Abdul Shayek was the founding Artistic Director & CEO of Fio. Fio is an international theatre company based in Cardiff and is the only Asian, Black and ethnically diverse led theatre company in Wales. Abdul has directed Fio touring productions 'Swarm', a site-specific show about migration, Katori Hall's 'The Mountaintop', ‘Death and the Maiden’ by Ariel Dorfman, and Athol Fugard's 'The Island' which toured across the UK. He is currently working as director and dramaturg in Fio's stage adaptation of ‘The Orchard of Lost Souls’ a novel about women and the Somali civil war, which will tour across Wales.
Over the summer of 2019, Abdul worked on 'Orpheus in the Underworld' at English National Opera with Emma Rice. He will be working with Welsh National Opera on a new project in response to COVID 19 and will also be Associate Director on their new opera 'Migrations' directed by David Pountney and composed by Will Todd.
He was associate director to John McGrath on Lemn Sissay's Channel 4 documentary 'Superkids- Breaking Away From Care'. He is a former Creative Associate of National Theatre Wales where he oversaw the companies research and development strand and delivered the 'Assembly' programme (a series of performance debate events) across Wales and beyond, with the final event taking place at the New National Theatre Tokyo in Japan.
Abdul is a Clore Cultural Leadership Fellow (2013-14) during which he spent time at Film4 and M&C Saatchi. He is a member of the British Council's Arts and Creative Economy Advisory Group, vice chair of the National Alliance for Arts in the Criminal Justice System, as well as being a trustee of mid-wales dance company Impelo and No Fit State Circus. He has also worked as a business consultant for a range of companies including Young Identity, a new theatre design school and various others.
He has worked with a range of other organisations including Contact Theatre, Theatre Royal Stratford East, RSC, the National and the Almeida. Internationally he has worked across Europe, India, Sri Lanka, Japan, South Korea and Australia. He is a visiting lecturer at the University of East London and has guest lectured at a host of other institutions.
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