tHEATRE

(Directing. Acting. Showreel)

 
 

 

'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

DIRECTING: 

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 directed a range of shows including the 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 a scratch of her first original play, UMUADA before writing a longer version in May 2018. An exploration of mental health, migration and motherhood within the urban-African diaspora UMUADA debuted at the Bunker Theatre in Southwark, London before headlining at the King's Head Theatre in July 2018 to positive reviews. Currently extending the production, she has also worked as a director for Creative Blue Balls, WoLab and is part of the Young Vic Directors Programme. 

 

ACTING:  SHOWREEL

 

Training: 2018-19: Associated Studios Musical Theatre Diploma (Leontine Hass), ALT. Actor Training (dir. Toby Clarke)

 Film: BAIL (2018, dir. Kwame Lestrade)

Theatre: ALT. (Southwark Playhouse, dir. Toby Clarke), And I and I Silence (Corpus Playhouse, dir. Rosie Skan), Funny Girl (ADC theatre), For Colored Girls [...] (dir. Justina Kehinde)

 

"I have always been passionate about centring, exploring and making visible the black experience through art...As with all my work I hope [to contribute] to the process by which, as black people...we are able to reclaim our full humanity with all its nuance, difference and intrigue".  - Damsel Develops