Femi Elufowoju jr

Femi Elufowoju jr born in Hammersmith, West London is the Creative Director of the company, His quest to place the heart of Africa on the global stage stems from his love of his home nation Nigeria and the untold stories of trials and triumphs from the many countries that form the continent.

Femi Elufowoju jr’s recent engagements include his new national touring production of The Little Prince adapted by Inua Ellams for Fuel. In 2019 his reinterpretation of Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie for Watford Palace Theatre and Arcola Theatre was described as a “radical new reimagining” by The Guardian. In the same year Screen International announced he was set to step behind the camera and direct his first feature film, the UK-South Africa co-production Incensed, with principal photography commencing in Durban, South Africa.

In 1996 Elufowoju jr won a Regional Theatre Young Director Award from Channel 4 and the Cameron Mackintosh Foundation to train as a theatre director at the Theatre Royal, Stratford East. The following year he became the first theatre director of African descent to establish a national touring company in the UK: Tiata Fahodzi. He artistically led the company for 13 years, directing and presenting more than thirty plays, including his production of Oladipo Agboluaje’s Iya-Ile: The First Wife a co-production with London’s Soho Theatre which subsequently garnered a Best Production in an Affiliate Theatre nomination at the 2009 Olivier Awards. In 2010, in pursuance of broader freelance developments, Elufowoju jr handed the reins of Tiata Fahodzi to his successor Lucian Msamati.

He has served as an Associate in key buildings around London and in the regions including Almeida Theatre, Royal Court Theatre, Leeds Playhouse and the New Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich. In 2019 he won the Best Director ‘Offie’ Award for his Off West-End Production of The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives, a co-production between the Elufowoju jr Ensemble and Arcola Theatre, London.

Elufowoju jr returns often to his ancestral home Nigeria building alliances with notable creative cultural leaders including Governor Kayode Fayemi and the Ministry of Arts, Culture & Tourism, propelling Ekiti State to a position of national cultural excellence (Ado-Ekiti, 2012), Poet and Spoken word impresario Efe Paul Azino on Finding Home (Terra Kulture, Lagos, 2014), Author, producer and publisher Lola Shoneyin on The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives (Aké Festival, Abeokuta, 2013), Google Nigeria as Voice director behind the Nigerian English accent on all Google platforms.(Lagos, 2015), Akin Adejuwon, Artistic Director of the National Troupe of Nigeria (National Theatre, Lagos 2015), Bolanle Austen Peters on Wakaa the Musical (Shaw Theatre, 2016) and most recently Teniola Olatoni on a reboot edition of The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives (Aké Festival, Lagos, 2018).

For BBC Drama Radio 3 and 4, Elufowoju jr has directed numerous plays including Burned to Nothing, Stages of Independence, The New Bwana, The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives and Eve as part of the 2019 epic It Is Your Country Now Too series.

Alongside his directing career, Elufowoju jr has also made notable television appearances, including recent comedy series Year of the Rabbit for Channel 4, Enterprice and Little Miss Jocelyn for the BBC, serial dramas Silent Witness, Moses Jones, Wire in the Blood and Borgen. His film credits include The Saint, Mechanic: Resurrection and The Legend of 1900 for Giuseppe Tornatore. He continues to make guest appearances in Sex Education for Netflix.

Credits: Performer (Stage)

RICHARD III for Arcola Theatre

OUT OF BLIXEN for Riotous/The Print Room,

EMIDY: HE WHO DARED TO DREAM for Xiom Productions

THE GHOST TRAIN for Told by an Idiot/Royal Exchange Manchester

LIONBOY for Complicite, London, New York, South Africa, South Korea & Hong Kong

THE ESTATE for Tiata Fahodzi / Soho Theatre (National Touring)

MEDEA for West Yorkshire Playhouse

BOOKED!, BONDED & MAKINDE Tiata Fahodzi (National Touring)

TICKETS & TIES for Theatre Royal Stratford East

ACQUISITIVE CASE, Southwark Playhouse

ITS GOOD TO TALK for Theatre Royal Stratford East

THE BEATIFICATION OF AREA BOY for West Yorkshire Playhouse Leeds



DOCTOR FAUSTUS for Commonweal/Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith


THE TEMPEST & MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING for Oxford Stage Company (renamed Headlong)

BLACK HEROES IN THE HALL OF FAME for Shaw Theatre/Hackney Empire

Credits: Director (Stage)

THE LITTLE PRINCE for Fuel (National Touring)

THE GLASS MENAGERIE for Watford Palace Theatre/Arcola Theatre

HOARD for Arcola Theatre/BBC Arts

THE SECRET LIVES OF BABA SEGI’S WIVES for The Elufowoju Jr Ensemble/Arcola Theatre

BLUES FOR AN ALABAMA SKY for Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts

THE HOTEL CERISE for Theatre Royal Stratford East

BLUE/ORANGE for Tiata Fahodzi/Arcola Theatre

IYA-ILE (the first wife) for Tiata Fahodzi/Soho Theatre

JOE GUY for Tiata Fahodzi Soho Theatre London

THE BIG MEN for National Theatre London

THE ESTATE for Tiata Fahodzi / Soho Theatre (National Touring)

BONE for Royal Court Theatre London

MEDEA & OFF CAMERA West Yorkshire Playhouse Leeds

DEALER’S CHOICE for Salisbury Playhouse

SAMMY for Tiata Fahodzi/Theatre Royal Stratford East (National Touring)

BOOKED!, BONDED & MAKINDE Tiata Fahodzi (National Touring)

TICKETS & TIES for Theatre Royal Stratford East (Swedish tour)

ACQUISITIVE CASE for Tiata Fahodzi/Southwark Playhouse & RSC The Other Place Stratford

Career Milestones

2019 Winner, Office Award. Best Director for The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives

2019 Appointed Judge, the Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition headed by HRH Duchess of Cornwall

2014 Recipient Centenary Award. 100 Outstanding Nigerians resident in the UK (Nigeria High Commission)

2014 Directed Finding Home, Nigeria’s first ever Spoken Word theatre production at Terra Kulture,

2010 Appointed Michael Attenborough’s Associate Artist at the Almeida Theatre

2009 Nomination, Olivier Award. Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre for Iya Ile.

2008 Appointed Associate Director at New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

2007 Appointed Judge, BBC International Radio Playwriting Competition.

1997 First theatre director of African descent to establish a National Portfolio Organisation. Tiata Fahodzi UK’s premier African touring theatre company.

2003 Appointed Trainee Associate Director at the Royal Court Theatre, London

2003 Appointed Associate Director at West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

2002 Appointed Segment Director of the Commonwealth Parade on the Golden Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

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