'I didn’t set out to make history, a social or even a feminist point; I simply wanted to have my voice heard. The voice of a woman’s struggle to reclaim her identity and place in the world...' - Varsity
Justina Kehinde's directorial debut came in 2012 when, frustrated by the lack of diversity in student theatre, she decide to direct and co-produce Ntozake Shange's seminal chore-poem 'For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf'. The show became the first all-black all-female production on a Cambridge stage and was met with rave reviews. In the autumn of 2013 the production was revised for a one-night only sold-out performance in London. Since then Justina Kehinde has been involved in variety of shows. As an actress she has taken the lead in Naomi Wallace's And I And Silence, played Fanny in the musical Funny Girl, and the Lady in Blue in both the Cambridge and London production of 'For Colored Girls...'. In 2014 she directed the historic South-African political-musical, Sophiatown (which may have also been) the first piece of African theatre on a Cambridge stage, and received glowing 4 and 5 star reviews. In 2017 she was selected out of 150 applicants as part of Damsel Develops Directorial Development Scheme, where, under the mentorship of Paulette Randal, she co-wrote and directed her first original play, UMUADA. An exploration of mental health, migration and motherhood within the urban-African diaspora it debuted at the Bunker Theatre in Southwark, London to an overwhelmingly positive response. UMUADA will headline the 2018 Play Mill Festival at the King's Head Theatre, 10-14th July.