We're very happy to introduce the final line-up of judges:
Sally Cowling Director of Drama and Dance, British Council
Responsible for the Council's global theatre and dance programme. Sally has worked as a dramaturg, a theatre critic and a theatre and dance producer for organisations in Norway, Greece, the United States and Britain, has been a Senior Drama Officer for the Arts Council of England and sits on a number of advisory and award panels. Sally was awarded an MBE in 2005.
Femi Elufowoju Jr Artistic Director of Tiata Fahodzi, London
Founder of Tiata Fahodzi, Britain's sole national touring, African theatre company (1997-present). Femi has been a theatre director for 12 years and has also worked extensively as an actor in radio, theatre and TV.
Mehmet Ergen Artistic Director, Arcola Theatre, London
Founding Artistic Director of both Southwark Playhouse (1993-99) and the Arcola Theatre (since 2000). He works extensively in UK and Europe as a director. Most recently he set up Oyun Yaz, a new writing festival in Istanbul.
Harriet Green Commissioning Editor, Programmes at BBC World Service
Harriet has been commissioner for BBC World Drama for the past five years. Reading the scripts for the Playwriting Competition is a bi-ennial treat - a chance to leave the office, switch off the phone and become immersed in new worlds.
Doris Lessing Writer
Award-winning author of classics such as The Grass is Singing, The Golden Notebook, the Canopus in Argos series, and more recently, The Cleft.
Marion Nancarrow Executive Producer, BBC World Service Drama
Has produced and directed over 150 plays, comedies, classic serials and drama-docs for the BBC. She's very proud of World Service Drama's association with the British Council: with them she helped initiate the International Radio Drama Writers' Residency, and has co-run both writing and acting workshops in South Africa, Ghana and the UK. For 15 months Marion ran Radio New Zealand's Drama department and won an award for best dramatic production there. Other awards include a Sony Gold for Runt, Silver for M Ibrahim & les Fleurs du Coran; CRE Race in the Media for One Bright Child, New York Festival Award for Drop Dead Gorgeous and Raspberry Ripple Award for best representation of Disability in Inmates.
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