About GailGail is an award-winning theatre maker who specialises in devising, new writing and participatory arts. As a dramaturg and director, she has collaborated with professional and community artists to create shows for theatres, outdoor spaces and found sites (including museums, swimming pools and a derelict school), as well as national and international touring. Gail was Producer for Participation & Learning at Talawa Theatre Company from 2007-2018, where she brought work with communities and emerging artists to the centre of the company. Over her career, she has supported hundreds of young Black artists, technicians and producers as they have taken their first steps into the industry, 60% of whom are now sustaining creative careers. In 2021, she won the Kenneth Tynan Award for Excellence in Dramaturgy and was named one of Alfred Fagon Awards’ 25 Black Champions of Theatre. Gail also runs the MA in Applied Theatre at Goldsmiths, University of London and is a Clore Fellow.
Facilitator & LecturerGail facilitates creative processes in community settings with a wide range of participants. Previous projects include creative curriculum initiatives, teacher training, arts and heritage programmes, theatre making with children, young people and mental health service-users.
Alongside this work, Gail is Co-Director of MA Applied Theatre at Goldsmiths, University of London and has guest lectured at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, LAMDA, University of East London and Queen Mary, University of London.
Consultant & TrainerAs a consultant and trainer, Gail delivers inclusive practice and anti-racist training for drama schools, universities and arts organisations. From 2011-2013 Gail worked with Brighton and Sussex NHS Trust to deliver Equality, Diversity and Inclusion training for nurses and midwives, a development programme for Black and Asian staff and facilitated equality action planning with the trust’s Executive Team.
For international NGO, Musicians Without Borders, she has created robust safeguarding and bullying & harassment procedures that work across the different countries they work in (The Netherlands, Kosovo, Rwanda, El Salvador and Palestine).