We met in the theatre...
Black Womxn in Theatre was birthed from a conversation that brought womxn closer together. Inspired by the generations of talent and trailblazers and a fierce new generation of theatre makers, the event series boldly intended to create a space that encouraged everyone to share and celebrate their individual journeys of working in the theatre sector.
Originally billed as an intimate networking event that celebrated the contributions of Black womxn in British theatre and an inspirational and intergenerational conversation between some of the great theatre giants. The events continued to flourish and the recognition of the necessity for these conversations became paramount.
Black Womxn in Theatre is less than nine months old, held three events hosted over 20 panel members and six guest speakers; and eaten over 1000 chicken wings and vegan patties! BWIT wants to recognise all of the 200+ womxn who have attended and truly celebrate the work being done, today and in the future.
The #WeAreVisible photo shoot will create and capture an epic moment where all those in attendance will have a spotlight shone on them. And offers everyone in the theatre sector to visibly celebrate the contributions of Black Womxn.
All photography provided by Sharron Wallace.
Stella Kanu is currently Executive Director at LIFT (London International Festival of Theatre) and Chair at Eclipse Theatre. She has worked in the theatre and cultural sector for over 27 years shaping ideas, events, people and organisations for great shifts. Stella created The Pivotal Place to coach and mentor emerging, mid-career and established leaders across multiple sectors and over the last 15 years fine tuned a methodology that instantly empowers, celebrates strengths and inspires personal change. Stella is a former Powerbrokers International Leadership Fellow (Cultural Leadership Programme), she is a sought-after speaker and trainer on topics including Inspired leadership, Artivism and women & power.
Monique Baptiste-Brown is arts marketer, academic and researcher. She has worked extensively in the arts for over a decade with an emphasis on audience development and working with communities. She has led campaigns such as the Broadway musical Fela! at the National Theatre, West End productions as well as fringe theatre, co-curated and produced #BCAFilmFest promoting the archives of Black British film and the opening of the Black Cultural Archives – the UK’s first Black heritage centre. Her research spans across investigating cultural policy to the British education system. She is currently the Head of Audience Development at Ovalhouse.
Annika Brown is the current General Manager of Theatre Royal Stratford East, and was recently, PRINCE2 qualified Buildings' Project Manager at Ovalhouse, overseeing the development of the £13m move of Ovalhouse to the new, purpose built, fully accessible theatre in Brixton, due to open in 2020. Annika is the Treasurer of Carnival Mas Band, Sunshine International Arts, and has over 12 years experience of theatre administration.
Titilola Dawudu is a writer and editor. She is a trustee for Theatre Centre and is an Associate Writer for Beyond Face, Plymouth. She was the Learning and Participation Manager at Ovalhouse and is currently Programme Manager for Young People and Youthfulness for Coventry City of Culture. Her work has been performed at Theatre Royal Plymouth, Theatre Royal Arojah, Nigeria, Soho, the Bush, and the Arcola, with a recent commission with Theatre Peckham.
She co-created and edited ‘Hear Me Now Audition Monologues for Actors of Colour’ in partnership with Tamasha, published by Oberon Books with Volume Two in development.