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Utopia Theatre launches community ensemble

Sheffield-based African theatre company, Utopia Theatre, is launching a community ensemble to create opportunities for anybody aspiring to participate and build up their experience in the industry – either on stage or behind the scenes.

The organisation is opening its doors to those who would like to gain experience in all aspects of theatre production such as acting, singing, lighting, sound, lighting, stage design and much more. Regular workshops led by industry professionals will be held for members of the community ensemble, who will then play a crucial part in Utopia Theatre productions.

The Utopia Theatre Creative Hub is the vision of Mojisola Kareem-Elufowoju, CEO and Artistic Director at Utopia Theatre, who identified the need to create a hub for creative professionals as well as an inspiring and welcoming place to introduce more people to theatre and arts.

“We hope that this opportunity will help members to develop their interest in theatre, helping them to either carve out a career in the future or enjoy it as a hobby. We’ve staged several community productions over our 11-year history and it’s always special to develop and support emerging talent.”
Utopia Theatre is an African theatre company named as a National Portfolio Organisation by Arts Council England last year. The community ensemble is open to adults from all backgrounds who have a passion for theatre. Workshops will be held at the Utopia Theatre Creative Hub on Rockingham Gate in Sheffield.
Utopia Theatre is a charitable organisation which produces and stages a wealth of theatre productions which tour nationally and internationally. It also uses African theatre as part of storytelling in schools and communities; hosts digital theatre; and supports new and developing artists to boost their careers. Founded by artistic director Kareem-Elufowoju, it welcomes and attracts a mix of first-time and established performers and was last year named as a National Portfolio Organisation by Arts Council England.
Ahead of the community ensemble workshops getting underway, those seeking to get involved with the performance workshops are invited to audition at drop-in sessions to be held on 25-27 January, 23-24 February and 29-31 March. Those interested in backstage involvement should send details to