Femi Elufowoju, Jr. is a British – Nigerian actor, performer, and director with over 30 years’ experience in the field. He works across a broad range of media as an actor including television (Sex Education 2019) (Year of the Rabbit 2019) (Mechanic: Resurrection 2016) (Borgen 2011). He has directed film (The Soldier’s Tale 2021), radio drama (Stages of Independence for BBC World Service, a celebration of 50 years of African drama throwing a spotlight on 50 years of Africa's Independence 2010), and of course award winning theatre productions. He has directed more than a dozen productions for the stage across the UK and internationally. He is directing Verdi’s Rigoletto for Opera North in Leeds in 2021. Continuing with opera, Elufowoju, Jr. will direct in 2022 The Anonymous Lover based on the life and work of Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint Georges for Theatre Gallen in Switzerland.
In this interview you will hear about his training as an actor and as a director. He discusses the influences of Peter Brooks, Stanislavsky, and Brecht on his directing style. Elufowoju, Jr. has created two theatre companies and demonstrates how important it has been for him to reflect on his goals and to move forward into creating The Femi Elufowoju, Jr. Ensemble, a company dedicated to providing world class theatre inspired by the African continent. Femi Elufowoju, Jr. shares his insights into the importance of avoiding generic characterisations of African theatre. The differences between ‘Mali and Malawi, between Niger and Nigeria’ are not limited to their names, but extend into language, culture, history, and day to day concerns. In many ways, the notion of ‘African’ theatre itself, hides more than it reveals. In relation to acting Elufowoju, Jr. has several important tips for would-be actors. For him there are three lessons he wishes to pass on to up and coming creatives. Watch the video for these important learnings and more.
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