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Stage Reading with Playwright Camara Lundestad Joof

Join us for a stage reading of Norwegian-Gambian playwright Camara Lundestad Joof’s latest work.

Join us for a stage reading of Norwegian-Gambian playwright Camara Lundestad Joof’s latest work. Playwright in Residence at the Norwegian National Theatre in Oslo, Joof will be in attendance for this event. Three women talk, discuss, argue about, and hop in and out of situations, characters, and dilemmas. They see the world differently, but when the world looks back, it often feels limiting. Joof’s script is a flow of words expressing humor, striking formulations, vulnerability, anger, and intensity. It’s about racism and sexuality, longing, and polarization—and the endless responsibility for the way that others look at you. Is it always your duty to stand up for your cause? Does your rage always have to be groundbreaking and constructive? Or are you allowed just to be offended?

This work will be performed by Amber Walker, Chinelo Okapla, and Esther Okech. Amanda Rountree directs.

The reading will be followed by a panel discussion led by Dr. Nikki Yeboah, Assistant Professor of Playwriting at UW, and including Dr. Nike Imoru, PhD, CSA.

The program is organized in partnership with the University of Washington Scandinavian Studies Department, University of Washington School of Drama, and Seattle Rep.

Cost: Pay what you wish (suggested donation $10); free for students

Note: this stage reading contains adult language and content.

Attendees to the stage reading event will receive $5 off tickets for Ibsen's Ghosts at Seattle Rep. Use the code GHOSTS5OFF or this link: https://tickets.seattlerep.org/promo?promo=GHOSTS5OFF

Speakers

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    Camara Lundestad Joof

    Camara Lundestad Joof (1988) is a Norwegian-Gambian documentary performance artist, playwright, columnist, artistic advisor, translator, and author. She is currently The Playwright in Residence at The Norwegian National Theatre.

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    Camara Lundestad Joof

    Camara Lundestad Joof (1988) is a Norwegian-Gambian documentary performance artist, playwright, columnist, artistic advisor, translator, and author. She is currently The Playwright in Residence at The Norwegian National Theatre.

    Camara Lundestad Joof (1988) is a Norwegian-Gambian documentary performance artist, playwright, columnist, artistic advisor, translator, and author. She is currently The Playwright in Residence at The Norwegian National Theatre. She premiered there in 2021 with the award nominated They must birth us or f**k us to love us. Joof’s debut book, Eg snakkar om det heile tida (2018), has become part of the high school curriculum in Norway. In 2019, she was appointed as a Council Member of The Norwegian Arts Council. Her artistic and political works center intersectionality, norm critique, and decolonialization.

    Image credit: Øyvind Eide, Nationaltheatret.

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    Dr. Nikki Yeboah

    Dr. Nikki Yeboah is Assistant Professor of Playwriting at the University of Washington School of Drama.

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    Dr. Nikki Yeboah

    Dr. Nikki Yeboah is Assistant Professor of Playwriting at the University of Washington School of Drama.

    Dr. Nikki Yeboah is Assistant Professor of Playwriting at the University of Washington School of Drama.

    Nikki Yeboah (PhD, Northwestern University) is a storyteller, educator, and oral historian. As an artist-scholar, her research brings together oral history methods and performance to create alternative records of Black life. Her research and creative work explore documentary theatre methods, African drama, Black storytelling practices, theatre for social change, Black feminist performance aesthetics, and the ethics and politics of conducting creative research in marginalized communities.

    Yeboah’s recent work as a storyteller includes The (M)others, a documentary performance piece that intertwines verbatim interviews with four women brought together by the unimaginable experience of losing a loved one at the hands of the police; Of Small and Black Things, a contemporary folktale that weaves together oral history and Ashanti folklore to tell the mythical tale of Rose, a small black bird who leaves everything she knows behind in pursuit of color; and The Blood Sun, the story of a young girl who inspires a movement, loosely based on the historic Xhosa cattle-killings in British Kaffraria between 1856-1857.

    Recent publications include “I Know How it is When Nobody Sees You: Oral History Performance Methods for Staging Trauma” (Text and Performance Quarterly, July 2020); “Everything but the Stage: Toward a Feminist Theatrical Praxis” (Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies, Spring 2021); “Mindfulness & The Other: Cultivating Critical Mindfulness in Ethnographic Research” (Western Journal of Communication, forthcoming Spring/Summer 2021); “All the Nation’s a Stage: The Ghana National Theatre as Sankofa Praxis.” (Theatre Journal, forthcoming June 2021). She is currently at work on a book, Home is Where the Police Are: Oral Histories of Families Impacted by Police Violence (UNC Chapel Hill Press).

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    Nike Imoru, PhD, CSA

    Nike Imoru, PhD, CSA, is a British-Nigerian classically trained actress, casting director, producer, actress, and teacher. She has garnered awards for her performances of Coriolanus (the titular role), Henry VI, and Titus Andronicus.

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    Nike Imoru, PhD, CSA

    Nike Imoru, PhD, CSA, is a British-Nigerian classically trained actress, casting director, producer, actress, and teacher. She has garnered awards for her performances of Coriolanus (the titular role), Henry VI, and Titus Andronicus.

    Nike Imoru, PhD, CSA, is a British-Nigerian classically trained actress, casting director, producer, actress, and teacher. She has garnered awards for her performances of Coriolanus (the titular role), Henry VI, and Titus Andronicus. Most recently she played the titular role in Hamlet with Drum and Colours, an all BIPOC company of actors with Seattle Shakespeare Company. In film, Dr Imoru has cast numerous feature films as well as the tv series including Z Nation for Sy Fy channel. She owns and directs The Actor’s Way, a somatic-based approach to actor training and performance, based on the psychotherapeutic work of Wilhelm Reich. She gained her PhD from the University of Warwick, UK.

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    Esther Okech

    Esther Okech is an actor, educator and second-year MFA in the Professional Actor Training Program (PATP) at UW from Nairobi, Kenya. 

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    Esther Okech

    Esther Okech is an actor, educator and second-year MFA in the Professional Actor Training Program (PATP) at UW from Nairobi, Kenya. 

    Esther Okech is an actor, educator and second-year MFA in the Professional Actor Training Program (PATP) at UW from Nairobi, Kenya. Credits at the School of Drama include Penny in Father Comes Home from the Wars Parts 1, 2 and 3, Estelle in No Exit, and Anna in The Baltimore Waltz. She has also played Glinda in The Wiz at the Burudani Theatre in Nairobi.

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    Amber Walker

    Amber Walker (She/Her) is a passionate storyteller who just finished her last year of training in the Professional Actor Training Program at the UW School of Drama.

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    Amber Walker

    Amber Walker (She/Her) is a passionate storyteller who just finished her last year of training in the Professional Actor Training Program at the UW School of Drama.

    Amber Walker (She/Her) is a passionate storyteller who just finished her last year of training in the Professional Actor Training Program at the UW School of Drama. Originally from New Jersey, she travelled up and down the east coast for various internships during her undergraduate studies before moving to Seattle for her M.F.A. Most recently she was seen at the Jones Playhouse Theater in Father Comes Home From the Wars as Fourth and Oddssey Dog. Her favorite roles include Cecily (The Importance of Being Earnest) and Queen Margaret (Henry VI Part 2). Follow her @amberwalks on instagram to keep up on her adventures!

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    Chinelo Okpala

    Chinelo Okpala is an actor and dancer of Nigerian descent. She is a first-year MFA actor in the Professional Actor Training Program at UW.

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    Chinelo Okpala

    Chinelo Okpala is an actor and dancer of Nigerian descent. She is a first-year MFA actor in the Professional Actor Training Program at UW.

    Chinelo Okpala is an actor and dancer of Nigerian descent. She is a first-year MFA actor in the Professional Actor Training Program at UW. She was a Presidential Scholar in the Arts for Theatre at The George Washington University. Some of her credits include Clybourne Park (George Washington University Mainstage), Ruined (George Washington University) and Pippin (George Washington University Mainstage). She would like to thank her family, friends, professors, peers, and mentors for their continuous guidance and support. You can follow Chinelo on Instagram @naija_princessa if you would like to keep up with her acting and dance pursuits.

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    Amanda Rountree

    Amanda Rountree is a director, playwright, and artist with theatre credits across Southern California. She is currently a second year student of the University of Washington's MFA Directing program.

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    Amanda Rountree

    Amanda Rountree is a director, playwright, and artist with theatre credits across Southern California. She is currently a second year student of the University of Washington's MFA Directing program.

    Amanda Rountree is a director, playwright, and artist with theatre credits across Southern California. She is currently a second year student of the University of Washington's MFA Directing program.

    Select credits include: Photograph 51, No Exit and The Baltimore Waltz (University of Washington School of Drama) The Crucible (New Threads Theatre Company), Medea (The Homespun Players), Pride and Prejudice (California Baptist University), Tartuffe (RCC), and Guys and Dolls (Buena Park Youth Theatre). Amanda has also worked as a designer or stage manager on productions with Critical Mass Performance Group, Chance Theatre, A Noise Within, and the Actor’s Co-op.www.aerountree.com

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