As an actor, director, and theatre-maker, Ola has been working in theatre for the past 30 years, with 20 of those 30 years dedicated to specialising in script development as a dramaturg, facilitator and script editor- running playwriting workshops for all levels of experience, and working with playwrights on a one to one basis.

Ola is an Artistic Associate of the Royal Court Theatre, (previously described by the New York Times as the most important theatre in Europe because of its work with new playwrights) where he has worked since 1994 – and was responsible for setting up and running the Royal Court’s famous Young Writers Programme for 10 years. Alongside his current role at the Royal Court, Ola is also an Associate Artist, Dramaturg and Mentor for Theatre Absolute, Eclipse Theatre and Graeae Theatre respectively. He also delivers regular playwriting programmes for Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Belgrade Theatre and Central St. Martins – University of the Arts London. He is also a patron of Script Yorkshire.

To watch Ola speak about teaching playwriting at the Royal Court, click here.

“Ola, you proved that true passion is playfully contagious: it spread across the room of the Geneva Press Club like the aroma of freshly baked croissants-au-beurre.
You put on a great show. And showed me what I need to learn,
and muster the courage to do,
to put on mine. I loved your red shoes.”
Jo Christiane, Writer
 

6 Responses to Ola Animashawun

  1. […] I will be researching and writing the play over the next twelve months supported by dramaturg Ola Animashawun. The process will also include three free events for the public in 2013 and competition give-aways […]

  2. Teju says:

    Hi Ola

    I am doing a Research Project on the Pandora’s Box play that you were involved in in May 2012. I wonder if I can interview you for 15 – 20 minutes, either on phone or face to face for my dissertation. I am studying an MA in Screeen and Stage Writing at The London School of Film, Media and Performance.

    Kind regards

    Teju Chosen

  3. […] with trains and fairly steady snowfall (I have a bit of a history with snow and cancelled meetings), Ola and I managed to meet up at The Belgrade Theatre to look at the first draft of ‘A Ploughed […]

  4. […] I met with dramaturg Ola Animashawun to discuss the second draft of my new play ‘A Ploughed Heart’. We discussed what each […]

  5. […] the eminent poets, performers and writers who’ve give them, and us, guidance along the way: Ola Aminashawun, John Berkavitch, Inua Ellams, Stacy Makishi, Polarbear, and Lemn […]

  6. Nadine says:

    Thanks Hayley, we’ll have a look into this.

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