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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 Mojisola 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.”

Get to know Mojisola better in her Meet the Locals chat with Annalisa Toccara.

See what's still to come in the programme below, and visit the Utopia Theatre website for more details.

Making African Theatre out of Poetry

Multiple dates

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.

The Hot Seat With Director 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.

Digital Communication For Leadership Success

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.

African Oral Storytelling Techniques

Multiple dates

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.

African Dance Workshop

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.

Presentation

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.

Francesca Amewudah-Rivers in Conversation with Michael Henry

Fri. 4 December 2020

Musician and actor Francesa Amewudah-Rivers is joined in conversation with vocalist, composer, educator and music director Michael Henry.

Final Presentation

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.

Zoom Party

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.