tiata fahodzi changes at the top
7 March 2021
Reporter: Sandra Giorgetti
tiata fahodzi has appointed Chinonyerem Odimba as its new artistic director and chief executive.
Nigerian British playwright, screenwriter and poet Odimba won the 2018 Sonia Friedman Award for How to Walk on the Moon and is writer-in-residence at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.
The British-African theatre company will celebrate 25 years of producing contemporary theatre about modern Britain in 2022.
Odimba said of her appointment, "this is without a shadow of a doubt one of the most exciting things to happen in my career! tiata fahodzi is a company I have long admired for all the things it stands for—a home for British African heritage stories, developing and supporting artists, and a passion for the most exciting stories that theatre can tell. I feel utterly joyous to lead a company that has been so fearless and bold since its conception in 1997, and take on this role honouring the good work that has come before.
"I am excited and cannot wait to start getting to know our British, African, artists, communities and audiences and those amazing partnerships that are truly interested, and invested, in their lives. There are some very wonderful plans afoot as we head into our 25th birthday celebrations in 2022 and, for now, we hope to launch a series of opportunities for artists and freelance theatre workers to come together. tiata fahodzi is looking forwards to a future that will see it growing and telling the multitude of stories that can both provoke and delight audiences in equal measure."