Femi elufowoju, jr

Performer & Director

BIOGRAPHY

STAGEWORK

​​KEY AFFILIATIONS

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

  • THE BIG MEN for National Theatre London 

  • BONE for Royal Court Theatre London

  • MEDEA & OFF CAMERA                                                             West Yorkshire Playouse Leeds 

  • JOY GUY for Tiata Fahodzi                                                         Soho Theatre London

  • DEALER'S CHOICE for Salisbury Playhouse 

  • AQUISITIVE CASE for Tiata Fahodzi

      at Southwark Playhouse & RSC

      The Other Place Stratford Upon Avon

  • TICKETS & TIES for Theatre Royal Stratford East

      & Sweden

DIRECTING 

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

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

  • THE BEATIFICATION OF ARE BOY                        for West Yorkshire Playouse Leeds 

  • THE ABSENCE OF WAR, MURMURING JUDGES & WIND IN THE WILLOWS                                         for National Theatre London

  • MARCHING FOR FAUSA for Royal Court London

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

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

LONDON  I  LAGOS  I  IBADAN  I  ILE-IFE  I  LEEDS


British born Nigerian performer and director, Elufowoju, jr trained as an actor at Bretton Hall, Leeds University and has been directed by luminary theatre directors including Sir Richard Eyre, Nicholas Hytner, Yvonne Brewster, John Retallack, Annabel Arden, Jude Kelly and the late Annie Castledine. His extensive stage work include seasons at the Royal Court, National Theatre, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Manchester’s Royal Exchange, Theatre Royal, Stratford East and Soho Theatre. Notable Television appearances to date are the BBC comedy series Little Miss Jocelyn, serial dramas Moses Jones, Wire in the Blood and Scandinavian BAFTA award winner Borgen. Films includes The Legend of 1900 for Italian director Giuseppe Tornatore and recent Hollywood franchise Mechanic; Resurrection and The Saint

 

As a theatre director, Femi trained under Philip Hedley at the Theatre Royal Stratford East (Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme, 1996). He formed and artistically led Tiata Fahodzi, UK’s first national touring African theatre company) between 1997 and 2010. The company toured internationally and was nominated for an Olivier Award (Iya-Ile, the first wife) before his departure in 2010. Femi returned to Stratford in 2016 to direct Bonnie Greer's The Hotel Cerise and recently the British premiere of Blues for an Alabama Sky by American playwright Pearl Cleage for RADA.


In development is the UK Premiere of Rotimi Babatunde’s stage adaptation of Lola Shoneyin’s award-winning and popular novel The Secret Lives of Baba Segi's Wives scheduled for a 2018 National tour.  

 

 

  • BAFTA nominated & award-winning series’ Borgen and Little Miss Jocelyn 
  • Acclaimed Italian and Oscar award winning film director Guiseppe Tornatore on The Legend of 1900
  • First theatre director of Nigerian descent to establish a National Portfolio Organisation. Tiata Fahodzi  UK's premier African touring theatre company.
  • Nominated for an Olivier Award – Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre (Soho Theatre) for Oladipo Agboluaje’s Iya Ile(the first wife).
  • Appointed a Trainee Associate Director at the Royal Court Theatre, London 2003
  • Appointed an Associate Director at West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds 2003
  • Appointed an Associate Director at New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich 2008
  • Appointed Michael Attenborough’s Associate Artist at the Almeida Theatre between 2010 & 2014.
  • Segment Director of the Commonwealth Parade on the occasion of the Golden Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 2002
  • Recognized by the Nigeria High Commission in 2014 as one of 100 Outstanding Nigerians resident in the UK. Received a Centenary Award.
  • Directed Finding Home at Terra Kulture, an ensemble of Performance Poets in Nigeria’s first ever Spoken Word Theatre Production.​
ARTBEAT bbc radio Interview on life & career


​In April 2002, David Stead, Executive Producer African Production for the World Service interviews Femi about his life and career as an actor and director. more