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Migrant artists to work with Royal and Derngate

Published: 24 April 2022
Reporter: Steve Orme

Tina Hofman, Butshilo Nleya and Carlota Matos

International theatre company Projekt Europa and Northampton’s Royal and Derngate are to commission migrant theatre makers Tina Hofman, Carlota Matos and Butshilo Nleya to develop ideas for work with local communities.

It will be part of Projekt Elevate, which is supporting nine migrant artists from across the UK. Projekt Europa will provide artistic and dramaturgical support as the artists develop their concepts.

Maria Aberg, artistic director of Projekt Europa, said, “these artists represent everything Projekt Europa stands for—a diverse, multilingual and truly international selection of theatre-makers from all over the UK who are committed to making bold work guided by curiosity and authenticity.

“We’re thrilled to champion and support these extraordinary migrant artists to connect with local communities and create collaborative, ambitious theatre for our times.”

Tina Hofman is a performer, director and producer, and is an artistic director of Notnow Collective. She often works in Croatia and in the Croatian language. She is a resident creative at Curve, Leicester.

Carlota Matos is a Portuguese theatre-maker, director and facilitator. She works with young people, communities and artists, focusing on inclusive practice, access and social change.

Butshilo Nleya is a Theatre of the Oppressed-trained Zimbabwean playwright, director, percussionist and storyteller whose work centres on community, heritage and African theatre for often marginalised and overlooked groups labelled as “hard to reach”.