While I’m a producer of theatre and live literature – creating and developing productions and projects that push the boundaries of form, storytelling and how audiences engage with theatre – my first love was writing.
After trying (and failing) as a child/adolescent actor, I realised that I was best placed behind the scenes with control over the narrative, as opposed to feeding into and regurgitating the tired tropes that black male actors were meant to play. With plenty of ambition and absolutely no training, I co-wrote, casted, co-directed and produced my first play at age 16, which we presented at the Lion and Unicorn Theatre, London.
Over four years later as Artistic Director of my own producing theatre company The S+K Project, I’m more invested in enhancing representation in British theatre than I ever have been. Though it’s a long journey to completely change the face of an entire industry, I’ve been trying to do my bit by producing participatory projects, directing and facilitating localised drama and creative learning work with young people, and advising other organisations with a shared ethos of widening access and participation for voices left on the periphery in the creative sector.