Shahid Nadeem is founder and Executive Director of Ajoka Theatre and also a renowned theatre and television director. He has directed many popular Pakistani TV drama serials and stage plays including Burqavaganza, Hotel Mohenjo Daro, Amrika Chalo/Destination USA and Dara. His telefilm An Act of Terror received a Scottish BAFTA nomination in 2009 and was screened at London’s Asian Film Festival. His documentary on the late Bishop John Joseph, A Sun Sets In, was selected by South Asian Film Festival for worldwide screening. His telefilm Mujahid was screened at the Asia Society, New York, in 2004. He produced documentaries on human rights for Amnesty International in 1991–92. Shahid served on the Pakistan Television Corporation in various capacities including as a producer, general manager, Director of Programmes and Deputy Managing Director. He has been associated with the BBC Urdu Service, with the Pakistani newspapers including The Herald, Newsline and Daily Times, with the Indian magazine, Frontline, and with Zee News.
He was born in Sopore, Kashmir. He graduated from the prestigious Government College Lahore and gained his Masters in Applied Psychology from the Punjab University, Lahore. He lives in Lahore, Pakistan, and is married to theatre director Madeeha Gauhar. His daughter Savera and son Nirvaan are well-known actors for Pakistani stage and television.
Carmen Nasr is a British-Lebanese playwright whose plays include: The Climbers (Theatre by the Lake, Keswick, 2022); The Maladies (Almeida Young Company, 2022); and Dubailand (Finborough Theatre, London, 2018).
Clem Naylor graduated with a BA in Arabic and French from St. John's College, Oxford, in 2009. He has been involved in various literary and non-literary translation projects which have included work for the Royal Court Theatre, London.
Henry Naylor is a writer, performer, producer and director. He has written for many award-winning comedy shows including Smith & Jones, The Lenny Henry Show, Dead Ringers and Alistair McGowan's Big Impression. He was a lead writer on Spitting Image, and, together with his double-act partner Andy Parsons, he starred in nine series of Parsons & Naylor's Pull-Out Sections on BBC Radio 2. He also created, executive produced and directed the multi-award-winning Headcases for ITV1.
He has written plays including The Collector (Edinburgh Festival and Arcola Theatre, 2014), Echoes (Edinburgh Festival and Arcola Theatre, 2015) and Angel (Edinburgh Festival, 2016).
Jeannette Nelson trained as a singer and dancer at the Arts Educational School, then worked in theatre and cabaret for ten years in Britain and around the world. In her late twenties, she took a degree in English at Queen Mary, University of London, and then trained as a voice teacher at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.
Jeannette taught for many years at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, as well as working as a voice and dialect coach in theatre, film and television. Besides the National Theatre, where she has worked since 1992, becoming Head of Voice in 2007, she has been resident voice coach at Shakespeare's Globe, the Royal Shakespeare Company and Sydney Theatre Company, Australia. She has also worked on many productions for other British theatre companies in London's West End and leading regional theatres.
As a voice and dialect coach in film and television, her work includes the films The Merchant of Venice (with the cast, including Al Pacino, Jeremy Irons and Joseph Fiennes), Kingdom of Heaven (with Orlando Bloom) and Wuthering Heights (with Juliette Binoche). Her most recent work in television includes The Hollow Crown (with the cast, including Benedict Cumberbatch, Philip Glenister, Keeley Hawes, Sally Hawkins, Sophie Okonedo and Tom Sturridge).
She is the author of The Voice Exercise Book and Keeping It Active: A Practical Guide to Rhetoric in Performance, both published by Nick Hern Books.
Mary Elliott Nelson is an actor, writer and dramaturg. Her adaptation of Frank Capra's movie It's a Wonderful Life was produced around the UK in 2016, and revived at Reading Rep Theatre in 2023.
Richard Nelson's many plays include: The Gabriels: Election Year in the Life of One Family (a trilogy of plays, Hungry, What Did You Expect? and Women of a Certain Age); The Apple Family: Scenes from Life in the Country (That Hopey Changey Thing, Sweet and Sad, Sorry and Regular Singing); Nikolai and the Others; Goodnight Children Everywhere (Olivier Award for Best Play); Franny's Way; Some Americans Abroad; Frank's Home; Two Shakespearean Actors and James Joyce's The Dead (with Shaun Davey; Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical).