I am a London born, Black British, Nigerian-Danish, theatre artist - playwright, performer director, producer, facilitator, teacher and researcher. I trained in Theatre of the Oppressed (with Augusto Boal) and Physical Theatre, my areas of embodied specialism. My Bachelors degree is in Drama and Theatre Arts, my Masters is in Physical Theatre and my PhD thesis is entitled Afriquia Theatre: Creating Black Queer Ubuntu Through Performance(Goldsmiths, Royal Holloway and Queen Mary, University of London). I have worked internationally in theatre, television and radio for thirty years, from Antarctica to Zimbabwe. I am an Associate Artist with Black Lives, Black Words (for Black Lives Matter), the Building the Anti-Racist Classroom Collective and Pan Arts. I am an Honorary Fellow of Rose Bruford College and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
Alongside being a theatre artist, I have been teaching in academia since 1998, mainly at Goldsmiths, University of London as well as University of Manchester, Trinity College Dublin and other universities in Britain and Ireland. I am currently on leave from my post as Lecturer in Drama, Theatre and Performance at Queen Mary, University of London to fulfil a post-doctoral research fellowship project at Potsdam entitled White Climate: Afriquia Literatures and Agri/cultural Practices.
Research at Potsdam
White Climate investigates environmental racism and Afriquia (Black Queer) representation in literature and performance, through writing and staging new plays and academic texts, giving presentations and facilitating workshops. Publications and performances arising from my fellowship so far have included Wind / Rush Generation(s) (National Theatre Connections, London and across Britain, 2020). My play Family Tree (Actors Touring Company and Young Vic theatre) had environmental work-in-progress performances at Charlton House Gardens with Greenwich and Docklands International Festival in London 2021. I also performed extracts of Family Tree, entitled Leaves from Family Tree, through Counterpoints Arts at ZK/U community garden in Berlin, 2021. Family Tree won the Alfred Fagon Award for best new play and will premiere at Brixton House and Belgrade Theatre in Spring 2023. STARS (Tamasha Theatre) also premieres in 2023, at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London. STARS is published in my Plays Two and in my new co-edited book (with Lynette Goddard) Black British Queer Plays and Practitioners. Lastly, Nothello premieres at Belgrade Theatre in 2022. In addition to writing and performing, White Climate involves giving academic presentations and facilitating experimental workshops combining permaculture and performance in Berlin, Brandenburg, London, Palestine and Kashmir, in collaboration with Dr Nicole Wolf, Goldsmiths University of London.
My publications include: The Theatre for Development Handbook (co-written with John Martin and Manisha Mehta, London: Pan, 2011) Mojisola Adebayo: Plays One (Oberon Books, 2011) and Mojisola Adebayo: Plays Two (Oberon Books, 2019), Black British Queer Plays and Practitioners: An Anthology of Afriquia Theatre (co-edited with Lynette Goddard, London: Bloomsbury Methuen, 2022), as well as several academic chapters.
For more see: www.mojisolaadebayo.co.uk