Ola Animashawun

Ola Animashawun

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Ola Animashawun, Diversity Associate Director Royal Court Theatre, offers advice on how to start writing your play.


Award-winning Ola Animashawun's career in theatre spans over a decade.

Along with the Royal Court Theatre, he is also Artistic Associate Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham.

He has been Head of the Royal Court Young Writers Programme (youth, community, and education department) since 1998.

During 2007-2008 he was the winner of the Momentum Bursary Award, Arts Council West Midlands, continuing his professional development as an independent producer.

In 2007 he won the TMA Award for promoting diversity in the theatre industry.

As a producer, dramaturg, director and youth drama worker for the Royal Court Theatre, Ola has inspired, tutored and influenced both young and old, the homeless, the disabled, those living with HIV from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds.

He has carried out his work on the stages of the Royal Court Theatre, on national radio, in community centres, in schools, in hospitals, in colleges, in youth centres, under railway arches, in dilapidated buildings, under Hammersmith Bridge - since 1994.

Before 1994 he worked with the London Bubble Theatre Company, Upstream Children's Theatre, New Peckham Varieties, Half Moon Theatre, Lyric Theatre Hammersmith, The Young National Trust Theatre Company, Roundabout TIE, and London Weekend Television.

His outdoor work and collaborators include Large Scale International and The Grand Theatre of Lemmings.

Ola recently devised and co-directed two new shows in Sloane Square, London and directed a show performed in one of the pods on the London Eye.

Ola is also a freelance consultant, script editor and presenter.