Originally from Salford, Yusuf initially trained as an Actor, graduating from London’s ArtsEd in 2008. His teaching and development work spans several years and covers varied stages of artist training including BA and MA. He has taught at several renowned drama schools and has held senior leadership positions including the Associate Dean, Head of BA and Equality, Inclusivity and Diversity Manager. Yusuf has also worked with the Lyric Hammersmith, as part of the Young People’s Programme and was the Development Director at IRIS Theatre Covent Garden. Yusuf has been a champion for Equality, Inclusivity and Diversity within the industry and has led training programmes across multiple sectors. He has worked professionally as an actor across the UK and has directed plays in London’s Westend and regional theatres. Directing credits include Children of Killers – Soho Theatre, The Accordion shop – National Theatre London, New Labour – Lyric Theatre Hammersmith, Posh – Theatre at the Mill. Yusuf also works as an adviser and facilitator and is currently advising with Factory International (MIF).