our vision for the future

 

Contemporary Britain is a multiple society – rich with languages, races, cultures and identities. This diversity is unremarkable and normal, and a growing dimension of all our lives. 

 

Art and culture offer both a mirror to see ourselves and a window to see through to worlds unlike our own. However, theatre – as with so many areas of our curated mainstream culture – still fails to see so many people, experiences and identities in this multiple world. In doing so, it fails to invite – and make space for – us all to have a conversation with ourselves, and to understand more about the world we share, the lives we lead, and what it means to be here, now.

 

We want to see a cultural ecology in Britain where everyone feels invited and welcome to participate. A culture where all experiences – including the contemporary African heritage experience – are celebrated so that we get to see ourselves in our full complexity, where shortcuts fail to function, and where theatre offers understanding, and feels relevant to the lives we live.

 

our mission

 

We will play our part in generating a richer, more multiple mainstream theatre culture by championing stories that illuminate the mixed, multiple experience of what it is to be of African heritage in Britain today so that – in our contemporary, changing society – the African diaspora experience provides a lens for us all to see our lives.

 

our work so far 

 

"...gorgeous theatre from a truly diverse company" Sir Lenny Henry CBE 

 

​​Founded in 1997, our journey mirrors that of the British Africans we seek to serve; from early productions telling stories of emigration and diaspora (tickets and ties) to, under second artistic director Lucian Msamati, reflecting on the relationship Britain and British-Africans have with Africa (Olivier Award-winning Bola Agbaje's belong).

 

​In 2014, Natalie Ibu became tiata fahodzi's third Artistic Director and with her came a question: what does it mean to be of African heritage but of mixed experience? In 2014 and beyond, we continue to reflect the changing and developing diaspora with a particular interest in the dual and the in-between, in those who straddle worlds, cultures, languages, classes, heritages, races and struggles. It’s in this – the messy, the multiple and the complicated identity politics – that tiata fahodzi sits, acknowledging that our audiences are more complex and contrasting than ever. Our work starts with the contemporary British African experience but reaches beyond to ask us all, what does it mean to live here, today? 

 

​We produce theatre that is fearless. We want our work to look around and look forward – contemporary stories told in modern and innovative ways – and to embrace the multiple in all ways – narrative, form, experience, identity, perspective, scale. We celebrate characters defined not by their diversity, but by their humanity: in Natalie Ibu's i know all the secrets in my world we went on a journey of sound and movement, through grief, to meditate on the intimacies of black masculinity and black fatherhood. In Charlene James' bricks and pieces – a thoughtful portrait about family and fresh starts – we met characters struggling to survive as well as being black, not because they are black. In it, we were a gay – but not fully out – teacher grieving a partner, a young woman launching a startup and a new single life, a lad exploring Christianity and chatting up girls, an architect into hip-hop and geeking out over Lego – we are all of that and so much more. In Arinzé Kene's good dog we met the people and places that make you who you are and, most recently, in Nathan Bryon's mixed brain we asked if you live in the middle, does anywhere feel like home?

 

We are an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation.

 

patrons Danny Sapani, Hugh Quarshie, Jenny Jules, Jocelyn Jee Esien, Sir Lenny Henry CBE

 

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Staff & Trustees

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elouise west

TRUSTEE

elouise west

TRUSTEE

elouise

elouise west is an in-house solicitor for Fremantlemedia UK with a focus on scripted TV.  Prior to this, whilst working at the Producers’ Alliance for Cinema & Television (pact) elouise advised TV companies on content commissioning terms for broadcasters and online platforms and negotiated standard commissioning terms with the main terrestrial channels on behalf of the TV industry. Additionally, elouise supported companies through disputes arising  in production and negotiated collective terms with unions in relation to engaging actors, writers, directors and crew in TV and Film.  Originally a freelance theatre director, elouise also has experience of talent management having worked at The Artists’ Partnership.  

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ike denloye

digital assistant

ike denloye

digital assistant

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ike denloye joined tiata fahodzi following a year of interning at Pride Magazine, the Black Culture Archive and Munch Media. After completing her BA in International Media and Communications at the Nottingham University in 2016. She’s also an editor of Room113; a Christian lifestyle brand.

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lucia masundire

TRUSTEE

lucia masundire

TRUSTEE

lucia

lucia masundire has been working in the cultural sector since graduating from De Montfort University with a BA(Hons) in Arts Management. Her background is mostly in local government and currently works at the Greater London Authority as a Policy Officer in the Culture and Creative Industries team, working to support cultural activity in local authorities across London. She has previously worked for Leicestershire County Council, Nesta and VSO.

She is also trustee of Leicester Print Workshop.

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mwiza mkandawire

TRUSTEE

mwiza mkandawire

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mwiza mkandawire is the Head of Finance at Artsadmin Ltd and has been working there since 2008. She was born in Malawi and grew up there. She is a qualified Chartered Accountant and holds a masters degree in Accounting with Finance from London South Bank University. 

Prior to joining Artsadmin Ltd she worked at Free Form Arts Trust Ltd and various organisations in both the commercial and charity sectors in Malawi. Mwiza has excellent knowledge and understanding of arts and charity finance.

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sarah-jane rawlings

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sarah-jane rawlings

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sarah-jane rawlings is Co-Director of Fun Palaces, a campaign for culture at the heart of community, that she began with Stella Duffy in 2013. Her freelance work has included: Meet Me at the Albany, a pioneering Creative Ageing initiative at the Albany, Deptford; Storm at the Lyric Hammersmith, an experimental theatre festival in collaboration with Graeae and Push; and most recently, consultancy work with tiata fahodzi. Sarah-Jane was General Manager at Improbable Theatre from 2007 – 2013. Prior to this, she worked as a Theatre Officer at ACE London and managed education programmes at the Lyric Hammersmith, London and the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester. She has two children, age 11 and 7 and is currently studying part time to be a psychotherapist.

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natalie ibu

artistic director and ceo

natalie ibu

artistic director and ceo

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natalie ibu is the artistic director of tiata fahodzi. Previously she was the Creative Producer for In Good Company, launching the regional artist development programme in the East Midlands for Derby Theatre, Embrace Arts Leicester and Create Mansfield. As a freelancer she has produced for Openworks Theatre and Maison Foo, worked as a Literary Consultant for Fifth Word and a Dramaturg for Spilt Milk Dance. In 2014, she was the Programme Manager at the Roundhouse. In 2012/13, she was the Creative Producer for Only Connect, producing a season of cross art-form work. In 2010/11, she was the inaugural Associate Director (Warehouse) for HighTide Festival Productions – responsible for the artist development and a physical research and development studio. In July 2009, she completed a year’s residency at the Royal Court as their Trainee Director. Since graduating with a First Class Honours degree in 2004, she have completed the Clore Leadership Programme Short Course, Stage One New Producers Workshop as well as short-term residencies with New York Theatre Workshop, the National Theatre Studio, Royal Shakespeare Company, Citizens’ Theatre and Contact. She have been awarded bursaries from Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme, the Federation of Scottish Theatre, Scottish Arts Council and Arts Council East Midlands. Awards include Dewar Arts Award for Exceptional Artists Under 30, Time Warner Ignite 2, IdeasTap Innovator’s Award and the Lilian Baylis Award for Theatrical Excellence. She is a trustee of the Macrobert Arts Centre in Stirling and Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme. She is an Arts Council England South East Area Council Member.

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kirsten burrows

executive director

kirsten burrows

executive director

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kirsten burrows joined tiata fahodzi as Executive Director after three years as General Manager of China Plate. Previous General Manager posts include for Candoco Dance Company and Islington Community Theatre (Company Three).

Kirsten was also Producer and Strategy and Development manager for Dante Or Die Theatre, most recently on the acclaimed I Do (Almeida Festival) and the Farnham Maltings commissioned Take On Me. Previous work includes production and project management for Sadler’s Wells, Yad Arts and Metis; Participation Producer on Dash Arts’ Arabic Series, and Producer for Kayd’s Somali Arts Festival and Context Theatre’s Festival of Art from Pakistan.

Kirsten manages cult independent band And Also The Trees, securing tours across the world, most recently Tokyo and Hammersmith Apollo, London.

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stewart melton

Chair

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stewart melton is a writer, director and dramaturg. He is an Associate Artist of Company of Angels and was formerly Youth & Community Director of Southwark Playhouse. His plays have been staged at Unicorn, the Young Vic, the Edinburgh Festival and on tour across the UK. Having worked in the education sector for many years, he has a particular interest in theatre for young audiences, and frequently facilitates writing and performance projects for children, young people and their families.

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edward kemp

Trustee

edward kemp

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edward kemp is director of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). A writer, director and dramaturg, he has worked for the National Theatre, RSC, Young Vic, Royal Court, Complicite and at theatres around the UK including a long association with Chichester. He has written and produced drama and comedy for BBC Radio. He has written libretti for the Royal Opera House, ENO, Glyndebourne, Manchester Festival and BBC Proms and ballet scenarios for the Royal Ballet, Northern Ballet Theatre and companies in Bern, Helsinki and Koblenz.

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ajjaz awad-ibrahim

RTYDS 3-month placement

ajjaz awad-ibrahim

RTYDS 3-month placement

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Having attended both The Brit School and a foundation course at RADA, ajjaz awad-ibrahim graduated with a BA in Acting from The Academy of Live and Recorded Arts, where she became the first student to win The Lawrence Olivier Award Bursary (2010). Since leaving education, she has continued to develop herself as a theatre-maker as well as an actor.  In 2014 she debuted her children’s theatre show Bimwili and The Zimwi at The Little Angel Theatre and assisted Melly Still for the Introduction to Directing course at The Young Vic. She then went on to write a short piece Coffee? Cake?, which was performed at The Feminist Library to mark it’s 40th Anniversary, before being the Production Runner for i know all the secrets of my world with tiata fahodzi. In 2016 she returned to The Young Vic to be Assistant Director on Parallel:Yerma.

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janice acquah

Trustee

janice acquah

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janice acquah was born and grew up in Ghana and served as Chair of tiata fahodzi from 2001 to 2006. She has worked extensively as an actor and TV presenter; her credits as an actor include an international tour of Soyinka’s The Beatification of the Area Boy, work with Mike Leigh and regular membership of the BBC Radio Company. She has been a primary school governor and held responsibility for Inclusion. As a governor she also coordinated several successful fundraising campaigns.

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anastasia osei-kuffour

Trainee Artistic Director (as part of the Artistic Director Leadership Programme)

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Trainee Artistic Director (as part of the Artistic Director Leadership Programme)

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anastasia osei-kuffour trained as a director through the Young Vic Directors Programme. Direction includes: Footprints On The Moon (Finborough Theatre); An Adventure (Bush Theatre); Cell (The Young Vic); Here Comes The Bride (Black Lives Black Words at the Bush Theatre); All The Ways to Say Goodbye (The Young Vic); Hosea’s Girl (Talawa Studio Firsts); Dishonour; You Know That I’ll Be Back; and Universally Speaking (Theatre 503) and Pushers (Etcetera Theatre).

 

Assistant Direction includes: Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet (National Theatre, Stratford Circus and Schools Tour); Cuttin’ It– as part of The Young Vic’s Jerwood Assistant Director Programme; supported by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation (The Young Vic, Royal Court Theatre, Birmingham REP, Sheffield Theatres and The Yard Theatre); Three Generations of Women (Greenwich Theatre and Tour); Plaques and Tangles (Royal Court Theatre),Idomeneus (Gate Theatre); Henry the Fifth (Unicorn Theatre); and – as Boris Karloff Trainee Assistant Director – A Doll’s House (The Young Vic), mixed brain.

Vacancies

digital content producer

deadline: Thursday 13 September 2018, 6pm 

digital content producer pack

 

admin & production assistant

We are looking for an Admin and Production Assistant to provide administrative support to the team, projects and productions. In this role, the successful candidate will provide executive assistance to the Artistic and Executive Directors as well as manage the smooth day-to-day running of the office.

This is an exciting time to join us as we build up to a national tour of a critically acclaimed show in early 2019. You will have a unique opportunity to support the production team and learn about all aspects of producing and touring.

responsibilities 

administration, executive assistance & office management

  • Be the central point of contact for the company, welcoming guests, managing contacts and distributing post.
  • Manage all administrative and housekeeping systems for the smooth day-to-day running of the tiata fahodzi office.
  • Provide executive assistance to the Artistic Director and Executive Director; scheduling meetings, minuting, researching and booking travel and accommodation, with an emphasis on the detailed management of the Artistic Director’s diary.
  • Maintain office equipment, filing, databases, as well as the external storage facility, ordering supplies and managing relationships with suppliers.
  • Manage office petty cash spend and reconciliation.
  • Filing and photocopying.

productions and projects

  • Assist the Executive Director and/or freelance Producer in drafting, issuing and monitoring the return of production contracts and co-production agreements.
  • Devise and distribute clear and effective schedules for production activity and manage crowd-funding campaigns if appropriate.
  • Assist in the production of promotional material, to include; collating biographies and headshots, and producing freesheets and tour programmes.
  • Coordinate press nights and special events – collating guest list databases of present and prospective contacts, invitations, seating plans, tickets, catering and any special requests.
  • Devise, distribute and collate audience evaluation surveys.
  • Assist the Executive Director in administrating payroll for actors and stage management.
  • Support the delivery of the Artistic Director Leadership Programme.

additional

  • Assist with all reporting to statutory bodies such as Arts Council, Companies House and the Charity Commission.
  • Ensure current legislation, insurance and policies on Equality, Diversity, GDPR and Health & Safety are developed and adhered to.
  • Administer and manage the individual giving scheme.
  • Research funding opportunities and support the Executive Director in compiling supporting material for applications.
  • Support the Executive Director with HR administration and policies and procedure documentation and practice.
  • Actively engage in current theatre practice and productions, and proactively contribute to programming discussions at tiata fahodzi.
  • Keep abreast of industry trends by attending shows and events and following news, social media and reviews.
  • Additional tasks as required, in line with the overall purpose of the post.

knowledge, skills, experience

  • Experience working in professional theatre, or arts organisations, in an administrative role, preferably with a small team.
  • Excellent administrative skills, with an organised and methodical approach.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to communicate with a wide variety of people at all levels.
  • Ability to process and summarise complex information quickly, with strong attention to detail.
  • Proven ability to prioritise a varied workload, balance competing demands and meet deadlines.
  • A proactive, motivated working style with the ability to work on your own initiative.
  • An understanding of and commitment to diversity and inclusion.
  • A friendly manner, accessible and supportive to production staff, artists, participants and audiences.
  • Experience of producing or supporting the producing process.

Deadline is 26 August, to apply follow the link and register with Creative Access https://creativeaccess.org.uk/opportunity/admin-production-assistant/

 

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