Join the conversation as experts and guests discuss the exciting exchange of thoughts and ideas on the visibility and development of African Theatre and Performance in the UK.
West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds - 2pm -5pm on September 23 - Congreve Room
Sheffield Crucible, Sheffield - 2pm - 5pm on September 26 - Adelphi Room
You can book your free ticket by following this link http://www.eventbrite.com/e/african-performance-moving-forward-symposium-tickets-27046825784
David Bryan is Director of Xtend UK Ltd, a management consultancy working in organisational change, leadership development and diversity. mostly in the not-for-profit and public sector. He has over 20 years consultancy experience, providing management training, facilitation to senior management teams, one to one coaching and governance support. Prior to becoming a consultant he worked in senior management within the voluntary sector, the arts and in academia.
Debo Oluwatuminu is a poet, writer, director, facilitator and collaborator, whose plays have been performed around the world, from the Arcola and Soho Theatres in London, to Israel including in 2007, alongside Conflict Zone Arts Asylum’s Artistic Director, Michael Ronen, a collaboration with writers from Palestine, Pakistan, Kosovo and Israel’s renowned Joshua Sobol, supported by the Jerwood Foundation.
Patrice Naiambana is an African Performing Artist and CO of Tribal Soul Arts CIC. TSA facilitates innovative African Performance Lab work in diverse environments. In 2016 International Residences and performances include Perception Gap, GraveDiggers and The Man Who in Berlin, Copenhagen and Texas. Patrice’s professional background includes work with the Royal Shakespeare Company, playing the title role in Kathryn Hunter’s Othello, Warwick the Kingmaker in the Olivier Award-winning Histories Cycle Ensemble and Aslan in the RSC’s The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe.
Sola Adeyemi is a theatre practitioner, scholar and critic. He has written extensively on African performance culture, and on the works of the Nigerian playwright Femi Osofisan. He is Chief Editor at Alpha Crownes Publishers and also an Associate Lecturer at Goldsmiths, University of London. Sola is the General Secretary of African Theatre Association (AfTA).
Oladipo Agboluaje is a playwright born in London. He studied theatre arts at the University of Benin. His first play, Early Morning, was performed in 2003. He has written several plays which have been performed in Nigeria, the UK, France and Brazil. He is a Royal Literary Fellow at the University of Greenwich.
Professor Jane Plastow of African Theatre, University of Leeds.
Jane Plastow teaches African theatre and literature. She has also worked extensively; making, directing, researching and training in relation to theatre, predominantly in East Africa. She is currently working on a long term community theatre and research project with a working class community in Jinja, Uganda and is writing a book on the history of theatre in East Africa.
Zodwa Nyoni is a playwright and poet. She won the Channel 4 Playwrights’ Scheme in 2014 and was made Writer-in-Residence at the West Yorkshire Playhouse.
Her credits include: Black Bodies (2016, Royal Exchange), Nine Lives (2015, Leeds Studio/WYP), Boi Boi is Dead (2015,WYP, Tiata Fahodzi & Watford Palace Theatre) and Love Again (2016, BBC Radio 3 ). She was a finalist for the international Susan Smith Blackburn Prize.
Paul Auber is Operations & Development Manager for Leeds-based charity Community Action Little London and Servias and Finance & Monitoring Officer for the Leeds West Indian Centre Charitable Trust. He holds honorary directorships with the Chapeltown Citizens Advice Bureau, Leeds (1991-), The Afrikan Curriculum Development Association, Leeds (1991-), and The People’s Arts Council, Leeds (1995-). His interests lie in community publishing, environmental projects, sustainable enterprise development and art facilitation.
Dawn Walton, Artistic Director, EclipseTheatre, began her directing career at the Royal Court Theatre, going on to be awarded the first Jerwood Young Director’s Award at the Young Vic. After a year as Acting Head of Studio-National Theatre Dawn formed eclipse theatre company ltd in 2010.
Khadija Ibrahim, Poet and Artistic Director of Leeds Young Authors
Khadjah Ibrahim has an MA in Theatre Studies from Leeds University. She is Artistic Director of Leeds Young Authors, which she founded in 2003, and Producer of Leeds Youth Poetry Slam festival. Khadijah Ibrahim has toured the USA in 2008 with Fwords Creative Freedom Writers, attended the Calabash International Literature Festival of Jamaica as a delegate for Arts Council England Yorkshire and attended the El Gouna Writers’ Residency in Egypt in 2010.