Tiata Fahodzi – (ti∙a∙ta fa∙hoon∙zi) - meaning theatre of the emancipated - is a British African theatre company founded in 1997 by Femi Elufowoju Jr. It receives funding as a National Portfolio Organisation of the Arts Council England.
Previous artistic directors include Femi Elufowoju Jr (1997-2010) and Lucian Msamati (2010-2014). Natalie Ibu became the company’s third artistic director in 2014.
Aimed at an all-inclusive British audience, the company’s mission statement is to challenge, reflect and explore the experience of the changing African diaspora in contemporary Britain through the medium of engaging, entertaining, world-class professional theatre.
Fahodzi is noted for showcasing new British African talent with many artists gaining their first professional experiences with the company before achieving success at the national and international level. These artists include Bola Agbaje, who is now a Laurence Olivier Award winning playwright and Adetomiwa Edun, now internationally known as an actor, most notably as Sir Elyan in the TV show Merlin.
In 2015 Tiata Fahodzi became a resident company at Watford Palace Theatre, gaining an operational base for the first time in its history.
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