Huge congratulations to ISPA member and 2-year Global Fellow, Wole Oguntokun, on the opening of The Theatre Republic, a new performing arts venue in Lagos, Nigeria. As Artistic Director, Wole will develop programming geared towards developing cutting-edge contemporary performance and re-presenting classic works in innovative ways. The venue will officially open with “The Ideas Cafe” where Nigerian artists will meet to discuss the country’s performing arts environment and future opportunities. Nigerian Nobel Laureate, Emeritus Professor Wole Soyinka, a dramatist involved in the “Mbari” movements of the 60s and 70s, will be guest speaking. Wole shared that the concept behind “The Ideas Café” was born out of ISPA’s encouragement to disseminate the knowledge gained as an ISPA Fellow. Congratulations, Wole!
The Theatre Republic will be welcoming international interns who want to spend time studying the arts scene at the venue itself and in the city of Lagos as a whole. 'The Republic' offers on-site accommodation to a limited number of these lucky interns!
In 2016, ISPA brought 46 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 the 2016 ISPA Fellows in features via the members-only monthly newsletter Network and on the website.