Join actress Estella Daniels for a holistic approach to the world of acting. Using simple techniques and experiences drawn from her career, Estella will help build a simple toolbox to enhance your creative process. A two-part workshop or one-to-one.
Utopia Theatre Creative Hub
Utopia Theatre’s Creative Hub brings together over 40 African theatre professionals to offer free online workshops and masterclasses to people of African origin.
Utopia Theatre is a resident company at Sheffield Theatres, aimed at strengthening African communities within the arts. Some of the world’s leading African artists will share their knowledge and experience in directing, playwriting, dance, acting, storytelling, movement, sound, and more as part of the Creative Hub.
Launching on 29 June and continuing till December 2020, the events in the Creative Hub are for people of African origin aged 16 and above. The programme is all about supporting the development of a sustainable talent pool, giving black artists greater visibility, and inspiring the next generation of artists – strengthening black African communities within the arts.
As Utopia Theatre’s founder and artistic director Moji Elufowoju says: “The Creative Hub ensures black artists continue to have income and remain visible as they continue to develop their craft and enhance the lives of the people in our community. This outlet enables people to engage with art and learn from some of the leading professionals in our industry.”
See the full programme below, and visit the Utopia Theatre website for more details.
Mon. 17 August 2020
Engage in practical exercises, giving you clear tools to develop your voice work independently, achieve support, core vocal strength, range and resonance. Led by actor, voice and dialect coach, director and singer Hazel Holder and actor Sarah Niles.
Musician, singer and composer Juwon Ogungbe leads an online participatory creative learning project that aims to create work with an African aesthetic, drawing influences from a diverse range of art forms and genres.
Fri. 21 August 2020
Sadeysa Greenaway Bailey demystifies the role and responsibilities of a set and costume designer. She shares her experiences and career journey so far, from having started in the carnival arts and outdoor theatre sector in the UK and internationally.
Discover the basics of the stage, structure of a play, the proper format of your work and how to prepare it for submission, in this workshop for writers of all levels. Led by British-Nigerian playwright and academic Oladipo Agboluaje.
Tue. 25 August 2020
Nigerian actress Kehinde Bankole leads an acting workshop looking at personal choices of selecting and balancing options that work as “your method.”
Fri. 28 August 2020
Kenyan producer, director and dramaturg Karishma Bhagani is joined in conversation with South African theatre director Lesedi Job, about her experiences and nuisances of being a young African theatre maker in the time of the digital age.
Mon. 31 August 2020
African cultural ambassador and talking drummer Ayan De First teaches us how to play the talking drum and talks about his journey as a musician into theatre, and how artists from different disciplines can collaborate. With Tchiyiwe Chihana.
Wed. 2 September 2020
Look at the challenges that black-led organisations face and explore strategic thinking, especially in the current turbulent climate in the arts and culture. With Maureen Salmon, a specialist in leadership, entrepreneurship, and cultural diversity.
Fri. 4 September 2020
Sille Sibanda chats to actor, writer and director John Rwoth-Omack about his experiences as an African student at drama school and how he got into creating his own work in theatre.
Poet, playwright and director Debo Oluwatuminu leads a workshop that introduces participants to the basics of writing a play, and gives them rudimentary skills and tools to write a 5-10 minute short play.
Fri. 11 September 2020
James Henshaw leads interactive discussions from the perspective of a writer. Covering topics including responsibilities as a writer of African descent, motivations for storytelling, obstacles to telling your stories, and creating platforms.
Fri. 18 September 2020
Jennifer Farmer is a playwright, librettist and theatre-maker who writes with/for marginalised communities and underrepresented voices. Targeted at writers looking to revisit their work, Jennifer leads an advanced redrafting play writing workshop.
Angelina Abel of Mulembas d’Africa leads an African Fusion Dance class with a focus on movement, healing and well being.
Wed. 23 September 2020
Composer, music producer and sound designer Lee Affen leads a workshop on the sounds around us – tuning into audio and how it can ‘place’ us. Looking at the value of listening, recording with phones, and layering sounds to create a unique soundscape.
Wed. 30 September 2020
Led by Lee Affen, this workshop will explore the relationship between sound and film. You will look at how sound can change the meaning of a piece of film, and create your own mix using sound clips and film provided.
Fri. 2 October 2020
Set and costume designer Emma Williams leads a workshop discussing design process, with models and drawings from the designer’s studio as visual aids.
Mon. 5 October 2020
Olusola Oyeleye is a writer, director, dramaturge and producer working in opera, music theatre, visual arts, film, dance and education. She'll explore the skills required to approach a career in directing, across live media.
Wed. 7 October 2020
Composer and sound designer Lee Affen talks about the main uses of sound in a theatre show – music, atmospheres, transitions. Participants will put atmospheric sounds to text, and learn the basics of Qlab.
Fri. 9 October 2020
Tchiyiwe Chihana British-Zambian creative, activist, writer and speaker who identifies as a womanist and currently the operations manager at Utopia Theatre. Here she discusses using art for social change.
Mon. 12 October 2020
Playwright, filmmaker and poet Zodwa Nyoni gives a talk on ritual theatre with reference to Home has Died (2012), a one-woman performance about migration, death and displacement.
Wed. 14 October 2020
Ayo-Dele Edwards is an actor, singer, and songwriter whose art combines British and Nigerian influences expressed through songs and stories. Here she gives a 40 minute talk on her career, plus Q&A.
Fri. 16 October 2020
How well do you know yourself as an actor? Nigerian actress Kehinde Bankole leads a workshop exploring the process to begin a growth in self understanding.
Warda Yassin is a British born Somali poet and teacher based in Sheffield, and winner of the 2018 New Poets Prize. Here she talks about making African theatre out of poetry. Plus Q&A.
Wed. 21 October 2020
Kehinde Bankole has played roles in Shakespeare’s Globe theatre, blockbuster films in Nigeria, and ia Netflix Original series by Akin Omotoso. In this workshop she equips aspiring and upcoming actors with skills that have enabled her success.
Fun, interactive and creative workshops with IROKO Theatre's Alex Oma Pius. Exploring various expressive art forms – drama, movement, music, songs, dance, etc., as means to introduce participants to African oral storytelling performance techniques.
Mon. 26 October 2020
Utopia Theatre's Tchiyiwe Chihana is joined in conversation with Aar Maanta, a Somali-British musician whose activism, work and creativity has led him to become a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
Wed. 28 October 2020
This workshop is designed to support UK based artists who are considering applying for project grants for the first time or those who have been unsuccessful in the past. Led by Utopia Theatre's Mojisola Elufowoju.
Mon. 2 November 2020
Mojisola Elufowoju is an award-winning theatre director and workshop facilitator of Nigerian descent, and the founder and artistic director of Utopia Theatre. Join her in a conversation moderated by British-Nigerian playwright Dr. Oladipo Agboluaje.
Wed. 4 November 2020
Annalisa Toccara looks at defining your leadership brand, using social media, creating/curating engaging content, collaborating, and more. Annalisa is an award-winning cultural producer, creative director, digital strategist, and founder of Our Mel.
Fri. 13 November 2020
The founder of Mulembas d’Africa dance classes, Angelina Abel brings you an energetic dance workshop. Angelina is a believer in the power of dance as ritual and a medium for personal change, solidarity and social bonding.
Fri. 27 November 2020
Utopia Theatre presents a biographical film on Michael Henry, ahead of the musical director, vocalist and composer’s In Conversation event taking place on Friday 4th December.
Fri. 4 December 2020
Musician and actor Francesa Amewudah-Rivers is joined in conversation with vocalist, composer, educator and music director Michael Henry.
Sat. 12 December 2020
Participants and creatives from across Utopia Theatre's Creative Hub Online 2020 programme come together to give a final presentation. Utopia Theatre will be inviting industry professionals to this showcase.
Fri. 18 December 2020
Utopia Theatre celebrates the end of its huge Creative Hub Online 2020 series of talks, workshops and events with an end of programme party.