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Paulette Randall T eatre director


Paulette is one of the most distinguished black theatre directors in the country, a point proved when she was chosen as the associate director for the stunning London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony, working alongside director Danny Boyle. The ceremony was praised across the globe for its extraordinarily multicultural vision of British culture. Paulette is well-known for her back catalogue of successful theatre productions. Ranging from Urban Afro Saxons and Blues for Mr Charlie, to iconic television shows like, Desmond’s and The Real McCoy. Paulette, 49, has also directed August Wilson’s plays, which celebrate the African-American experience. Paulette attended drama school aged 18, training to be an actress at the Rose Bruford School of Speech and Drama. After graduating in 1982, she and two fellow students set up their own company, the Theatre of Black Women in response to the lack of roles for black actors at the time. In addition, she was chair of the board of Clean Break Theatre Company in 2006- 2007, followed by taking up the post of artistic director of the Talawa Theatre Company, the first black theatre company in the UK.


Yinka Shonibare MBE Artist


A highly regarded artist, Yinka is better known for his exploration of colonialism and post-colonialism in the contemporary context of globalisation. Over the past decade, his work has explored these themes through a wide range of media including, painting, sculpture, photography, installation and, more recently, fi lm and performance. His innovative, cultural vision led to his appointment as Ambassador for Culture at the London 2012 Olympic Games. T e British-Nigerian artist has subsequently received several awards for his work, gaining international attention for his nomination for the Turner Prize in 2004. Yinka graduated with a Master’s degree in fi ne art from London’s Goldsmiths College, where he came into contact with artists soon to become known as the Young British Artists and went on to exhibit with them. His work has featured in numerous solo and group shows and he has exhibited at the Venice Biennial and various, leading museums worldwide. In 2010, his most renowned piece, ‘Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle’ became his fi rst public art commission on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square. More recently, in 2012, the Royal Opera House commissioned a unique sculpture that depicted a ballerina pirouetting in a glass sphere.


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Alrick Riley Writer/director


Alrick has had a keen interest in the arts since childhood and trained as an actor at the Anna Scher T eatre in Islington. He graduated with a BA (Hons) Degree in Communications Studies before going on to post graduate studies in advanced fi lm making at T e National Film & Television School where he specialised in direction. His two fi lm school shorts, Money Talks and Concrete Garden, achieved international fi lm festival success. Alrick is now an established director and has been creating high-profi le television projects for more than 10 years. He has been the recipient of two BAFTAs, two Royal Television Society Awards and numerous other prizes. He has directed groundbreaking series T e Cops, helmed the award-winning Babyfather, is responsible for the pilot of the long-running series Judge John Deed and has directed on the multiple-award-winning series Spooks, Hustle and the ITV drama T e Fixer. Alrick has also held a position on the juries of BAFTA, the Royal Television Society and the Directors Guild of Great Britain where he has judged on awards that celebrate excellence in television drama. Alrick is currently developing a feature fi lm about the Broadwater Farm riots in the early eighties.


Kenneth Olumuyiwa T arp Chief Executive, T e Place


Kenneth is one of the most inf luential figures in contemporary dance. He started classical ballet aged five and later danced with the internationally acclaimed London Contemporary Dance Theatre. Since 2007, he has run The Place, the UK’s premier centre for contemporary dance, which united in one building, training, creation and performance. In 2011, Kenneth led the The Place’s successful bid to join Arts Council England’s new National Portfolio. Along with its track record spanning more than 40 years, this recent success helped reinforce the importance of The Place as part of a national portfolio of dance organisations. That same year, The Place launched Work Place, a major new talent development initiative, offering extensive and bespoke professional development and support to a variety of 10 professional choreographers. He has also worked extensively as a choreographer, teacher and director. He has been artistic director of the Sadler’s Wells Youth Dance Company and associate artistic director of the National Youth Dance Company. As a choreographer, he is responsible for more than 40 works, which have been performed in venues including the Royal Albert Hall.


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