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Meet Oluwole Oguntokun (Nigeria; 2015 ISPA Global Fellow)

Monday, March 09, 2015   (0 Comments)
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Oluwole	OguntokunMeet Oluwole Oguntokun, Artistic Director of Renegade Theatre, one of the most consistent performing arts companies in Nigeria. Oluwole has produced and directed in many major Nigerian productions over the past few years. Renegade Theatre was the only West African Company to perform at the Globe to Globe Festival at Shakespeare's Globe, in London in 2012. It is the only Nigerian company that has ever presented productions at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe – “The Waiting Room” in 2013 and “The Tarzan Monologues” in 2014. The theatre is currently working on getting its own venue in the first half of this year.

When asked about his first ISPA Congress experience last January, he says:

“It was without doubt the most immersive performing arts event I’d ever had the good fortune of being a part of. There was talent everywhere I turned, and authorities on almost every topic in the performing arts. The amazing thing was everyone wanted to share knowledge.”

(Top: The Waiting Room; Bottom: Shakespeare's Globe)“Productions are like miracles, seemingly the creation of entities out of nothing. It shows humanity in a different light always, every single time. It’s a beautiful thing to be a part of one of the few unifying factors the world has,” reveals Oluwole about his favorite part of working in the field of performing arts.

“I would like to be a major contributor to the export of African arts and culture to the rest of the world, so the flow goes both ways. And by African, I mean, all of Africa and not just South Africa, which seems to be the trend.”

Click here to read more about Oluwole. Learn how you can help ISPA support emerging leaders in the field.

In 2015, ISPA brought 52 Fellows from around the world to the New York Congress. We know it’s impossible to meet all these emerging leaders onsite so we’re highlighting 2015 ISPA Fellows in features via member-only monthly newsletter Network and the website.


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