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tiata fahodzi announces New Executive Director & Trustees

Following the appointment of Chinonyerem Odimba in April this year, British-African theatre company tiata fahodzi announce Asma Hussain as Executive Director. Hussain’s previous roles include Trusts & Foundations Manager at the Royal Opera House and Development Manager at Theatre Royal Stratford East.

In preparation for its 25th Anniversary, the UK’s leading British-African heritage theatre company tiata fahodzi is growing. The company has brought a new team on board to build on the success of the company’s last 25 years in anticipation of its new artistic programme. 

New Trustees joining in September 2021 include West Midlands writer, director and curator Sampira Willborne, family law solicitor and actress Sherma Polidore-Perrins, founder and creative director of Museum of Colour Samenua Sesher, British-Ghanaian performer, singer and voiceover artist Amy Rockson, Creative Producer Alisha Artry, lead producer for Tamasha Theatre Company Debo Adebayo and Director of People & Operations for the Creative UK Group Caroline Hinds.

They join the current Joint-Chair of Trustees and Deputy Executive Director at the Mercury Theatre, Colchester Deborah Sawyerr, Joint-Chair and CEO of the Royal Literary Fund Edward Kemp, solicitor at Fremantlemedia UK Elouise Mantle and Head of Finance at Transaid Worldwide Services Mwiza Mkandawire

Asma Hussain, executive director tiata fahodzi said: “My career in the arts sector is shaped by my love of storytelling and I am looking forward to my role in helping tiata fahodzi share new stories from a British-African heritage perspective. I was inspired to apply for the role from reading about tiata fahodzi’s commitment to theatre that is fearless, and that celebrates the multiple identities we each carry within us daily. And, refreshingly for an arts organisation, it is unafraid to be driven by and demand social change. I’m incredibly excited to be joining the team under Chinonyerem’s leadership and playing my part in making sure the next 25 years get off to a powerful start, full of new stories to tell that point to the many ways of being in the world.”

Chinonyerem Odimba, artistic director of tiata fahodzi said: “It is a delight to welcome Asma Hussain to tiata fahodzi who comes with the perfect combination of experience and dynamism, and will help us shape a tiata fahodzi for the future. 

And for us to be joined this stellar team of incredible new Trustees to support these goals brings me so much joy. As the company heads into its 25th anniversary, we will work together to build on and shine a light on the ways in which tiata fahodzi has contributed already to the British theatre landscape and will continue to do so. We want to see an Arts and Cultural ecology in Britain where everyone feels invited and welcome to participate. A culture where all experiences – including the contemporary British African experience are celebrated.”

Deborah Sawyerr, Joint-Chair of Trustees said: “I am pleased to be joined on the Board by these extraordinary new trustees who bring an amazing range of skills and experience to the company. I’m delighted to welcome Asma Hussain as Executive Director. As we move forward into this new era of tiata fahodzi, Chino, Asma and the new trustees’ knowledge and insight will support the delivery of our vision and goals for the company.”

Edward Kemp, Joint-Chair of Trustees said: “I joined the board of tiata fahodzi because I wanted to support & learn from a company that was asking some of the most urgent and necessary questions not just about British theatre, but about Britain. Questions about our place and history in the world, the multiplicity of communities we embrace; questions about identity, society, culture, who gets to decide what these things are and the stories we tell about them. Many things have changed in the years since, both in the UK & for the company, but these questions have only grown in urgency. After all that we have all gone through recently it’s so thrilling to see this company that I love emerge with a whole new generation of leaders and supporters bringing their energy, insight & courage to the task. I can’t wait to see what happens next. I know it’s going to be big.”

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