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Artistic Director

Wole Oguntokun’s career as a major producer, director and writer has spanned more than fifteen years. He was the founding producer and artistic director of Theatre@Terra, a project he initiated in July 2007 (in collaboration with the Arts Centre known as Terra Kulture) for the promotion of Theatre and Culture. In it, he produced consistently highly-acclaimed stage presentations weekly at the Centre without interruption for three and a half years. Wole has also directed (and produced) more than sixty productions at the Muson Centre.

He is the author of many stage plays including Prison Chronicles, Anatomy of a Woman, The Legend of Moremi Ajasoro, Gbanja Roulette, The Inheritors, The Return Of Sogidi, The Waiting Room, Who’s Afraid of Wole Soyinka?, Oshodi Tapa, Ajai the boy slave (a play on the life and times of Bishop Samuel Ajai Crowther), The Other Side, Piper-Piper, Ladugba, The Sound & The Fury and Audu’s Way.

He directed ‘The gods are not to blame’ for the Muson Festival of 2006 and ‘An Ordinary Legacy’ for the Muson Festival of 2012. He led the writing team that created the culturally-relevant set of Monologues known as “V Monologues-The Nigerian Story”, loosely based on the Vagina Monologues, the maiden edition of which he also directed in 2008.

Wole Oguntokun created the annual ‘Season of Wole Soyinka Plays’ now in its sixth year, showcasing the plays of Professor Wole Soyinka, the Nobel Laureate. He was official consultant to the British Council-Lagos/National Theatre- London, in the latter’s production of Professor Wole Soyinka’s “Death and The King’s Horseman” on stage at the National Theatre London from April to June 2009.
“The Tarzan Monologues” – a dramatic male version of the Vagina Monologues which he wrote and directed was performed every Sunday in October 2009 and February 2010 in the Theatre@Terra. This led to The V Monologues v. The Tarzan Monologues, a face-off between the female cast members of “The V Monologues – The Nigerian Story”” and the male actors of “The Tarzan Monologues” every Sunday in March, September and October 2010, a production he also directed at the National Theatre, Ghana in October 2010.

He was General Secretary to the Lagos State arm of the Association of Nigerian Authors from 2003 to 2004.  Wole was described as one of 300 people, events, places and things that shaped 2010 (in Nigeria).

He was selected as one of only five Nigerian Directors for a British Council Residency for Nigerian Theatre Directors in the United Kingdom in May 2011. He was also one of two Nigerian Producers selected as a British Council delegate to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August 2011.
He directed “For Colored Girls who have contemplated suicide when the rainbow is enuf” at the Muson Centre, Onikan Lagos on the 29th and 30th of December 2011 featuring acclaimed actors – Joke Silva, Iretiola Doyle, Marcy Dolapo Oni, Jumoke Lahdi Bello, Matilada Obaseki, Reanne Opia as well as the musical heavyweights, Tiwa Savage and Omawumi. 

His directed his own play, “The Waiting Room” as part of the annual National Association of Nigerian Theatre Arts Practitioners (NANTAP) festival, FESTINA at the National Theatre, Lagos over three days in October 2011.

He was consulting producer to the British company, 1927’s, production of ‘The Animals and Children took to the streets’ at the Muson Centre, Lagos in November 2011.

He has directed a play in each of the last three annual editions of the Lagos State sponsored- Black Heritage Festivals – Aime Cesaire’s ‘A Season in the Congo’ in 2010; his play, ‘The Waiting Room’ in 2011 and Marco Martinelli’s ‘Moor Harlequin’s 22 Misfortunes’ in 2012.
Wole Oguntokun directed his company’s (Renegade Theatre’s) production of William Shakespeare’s “The Winter’s Tale” as part of The Shakespeare Globe Theatre’s Cultural Olympiad in the United Kingdom on the 24th and 25th of May 2012. In this once-in-a-lifetime theatre fiesta, 37 international theatre companies from all over the world presented a Shakespeare play, each in its own home language at the Globe in London. “The Winter’s Tale” was presented in the Yoruba Language.
Before turning to his successful and acclaimed career in theatre production, Wole studied to become a lawyer at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife in Nigeria and went on to obtain two Masters Degrees, one in Law and the other in Humanitarian and Refugee Studies from the University of Lagos. He has been called to the Nigerian Bar. 

What's New.

On the 14th and 21st of December 2012, Renegade Theatre will be presenting Wole Oguntokun’s play, ‘Oshodi Tapa’, on the life and times of the 19th Century Warlord, Statesman and Diplomat will be on stage at the Muson Centre, Lagos. It is supported by the Lagos State Government.

Current projects include the filming of ‘The Tarzan Monologues’ in preparation for its cinematic release early in 2013 and the remake of Wole Oguntokun’s stage-satire of the military in governance, ‘Who’s Afraid of Wole Soyinka?’ as a combination of live theatre and computer animation.