CALL! online workshop – imagining theatre in the future

Workshops – Call for selection

IMAGINING THEATRE IN THE FUTURE– a participatory lab led by Ellen McDougall (The Gate Theatre, London)

WHEN: 22-24-25-26-29 March, from 11:00 to 14:00
WHERE: online sessions on ZOOM
FOR: authors, directors, dramaturgs, artists

The past year has forced us to stop, take a step back, and re-examine our work as theatre makers, artists, and institutions. It’s exposed inequalities, barriers and injustices that were always there. What kind of theatre do we want to make when we can come back together? How do we want to make it? Who might it be for?

Fabulamundi Playwriting Europe opens-up its new season of drama lab online inviting Ellen McDougall, the artistic director of the Gate Theatre of London for an active reflection on these our frantic days. This workshop will take the Gate’s Manifesto for our Future (published in 2019), as a starting point to open questions about representation, co-creation, and the politics of space and design.

Ellen McDougall is Artistic Director at the Gate Theatre. Previous credits at the Gate include – Faces in the Crowd (2020), Dear Elizabeth (2019), Effigies of Wickedness (2018), The Unknown Island (2017) and Idomeneus (2014). Other credits include Our Town (Regents Open Air) and The Wolves (Stratford East); Othello (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at the Globe); the Lyric’s annual pantomime – Aladdin (2016) and Cinderella (2015); The Rolling Stone (Orange Tree Theatre and Manchester Royal Exchange); The Remains of Maisie Duggan (Abbey Theatre, Dublin); The Glass Menagerie (Headlong); Anna Karenina (Manchester Royal Exchange); Henry the Fifth (Unicorn Theatre); Glitterland (Secret Theatre/Lyric Hammersmith) and Ivan and the Dogs (Actors Touring Company/Soho Theatre) – nominated for an Olivier Award.

Ellen McDougall was formerly part of the Secret Theatre Company at the Lyric Hammersmith. She trained as an assistant to Katie Mitchell and Marianne Elliott. She was awarded an International Artists’ Development Award (ACE/British Council) in 2012.

The Gate Theatre was founded in Notting Hill in 1979 to stage groundbreaking international plays.Today, the Gate exists to make international theatre that is representative of our diverse local communities – from the people we collaborate with, to the stories we tell – our work investigates what it means to be alive now.The Gate is a nurturing space for artists to imagine, play, think, and create theatre that surprises, challenges and inspires. Our productions push the boundaries of what theatre is and what else it could be.Our work is a live conversation with our audience and our local partner organisations. Currently, our theatre is an intimate, 75 seat space that transforms with every production – no two visits are ever the same.

To apply to this online workshop, you need to be fluent in English and send us your CV or portfolio or a video/voice message in which you tell us about you, plus 200 words of your thoughts about The Gate Manifesto. Please, drop us these docs no later than midnight of the March 7th, 2021 at the following e-mail address:

The results of the selection will be communicated by March 15th, 2021.

Participation in the workshops is free with compulsory attendance.

The project, promoted by Roma Culture, is the winner of the public notice Contemporaneamente – Roma 2020-2021-2022 cured by the Department of Cultural Activities and realised in collaboration with SIAE.