Not so much in that order.
As of September 2017, I am one of thirty Leaders of Tomorrow, an amazing programme developed by theatre companies, tiata fahodzi, Talawa, 20 Stories High and Freedom Studios. This programme will support and encourage people of colour who are theatre-makers, writers, producers, actors, administrators, designers, practitioners and movement directors from across the country, to position themselves as leaders in the arts industry. I will be updating the blog with my journey of being a LoT.
I am currently working with Beyond Face for two years as a writer and I will be mentoring a young black or Asian writer towards the end on 2017 to early 2018. I wrote a script for a musical called Where’s Abi? for Beyond Face which will be performed
In December, I co-produced a scratch night with Tamasha Theatre. This is part of an idea I had whereby we make new material for audition pieces suitable for black and Asian minority ethnic actors. We are working with the National Youth Theatre on this and an ACE bid was submitted in February. I am pleased to say that I received this funding and I am working with Company 3, Reaching Higher, Purple Moon Drama, Mulberry Alumni Theatre Company and Generation Arts to produce more audition monologues specifically aimed at BAME actors.
I have been commissioned by Beyond Face, a theatre company in Plymouth to write a script for a musical. Where’s Abi? will be performed later in 2017. I am also their associate writer.
I started an all-girl theatre project with youth charity, Reaching Higher who I work with and our first play was about mental health in young girls and will tour schools next year. The devised play, The Waiting Room was a response to the members of the project who wanted to highlight that they think that schools aren’t always addressing the issues of mental health amongst young people. Our second play, Behind the Curtain was also about mental health due to the response of the community wanting this issue reinforced.
In 2016, I worked at Soho Theatre and nitroBEAT as an assistant producer. I worked on The Passion of Lady Vendredi and I nitoBEATbites, an exciting ‘future theatre lounge’ for six writers to showcase developing work as well as working on a few other projects.
I am also associated with Tamasha theatre who are working with me for the year with helping to crack the industry. This relationship was founded when artistic director Fin Kennedy worked on a project with myself and the other students on the MA Dramatic Writing course at Central Saint Martins. See here for the write up on this.
I won the Student Guide to Writing playwright competition which saw my play that I have wrote for London Writers Week published by Oberon Books and was featured at London Writers Week in July 2016. See here for the post on this.
August 2016, there was the Youth Festival Takeover at Rich Mix-Young person’s acting workshop and showing of Down Hair.
I also went to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival on a producer placement from 22-28th August.
For my current writing and producing CV – please click here: Titilola Dawudu CV