Taiwo Ava Oyebola
Taiwo graduated from the University of Oxford in 2020 with a degree in Classics. Whilst at university, she worked on student productions as an actor and a marketing officer. Determined to encourage students from underrepresented backgrounds into theatre, she co-founded the ‘Oxford BAME Drama Society’ in 2017, supporting artists of colour with funding and mentorship whilst working on productions. In 2018, her directorial debut as Assistant Director with Medea was Oxford’s first play with an all BAME cast and crew, and the first play to sell out the O’Reilly Theatre. Taiwo has worked freelance as a creative consultant for The Ashmolean Museum, on the A Nice Cup of Tea? project, centring the stories of the women of the Windrush Generation. Taiwo also sits on the Advisory Board for the University of Oxford’s African and Caribbean Society.
In 2021 Taiwo was selected for the Anthem Writing Programme for Black writers, writing a one act play, See You Whenever, to be showcased as part of Anthem Live at the Almeida Theatre in February. Taiwo is also one of five writers to take part in Talawa Theatre’s TYPT21 programme, co-writing and devising a show that will be performed in April 2022. Recently, Taiwo was selected to take part in the VAULT Festival’s Creative Studios as one of four New Critics.