Episode 34 - Alex Oma Pius -22m | Feb 26, 2021
Alex Oma-Pius FRSA holds MA degree in Dramatic Arts from the National Academy of
Theatre and Film Arts, Sofia, Bulgaria. His love of Theatre-in-Education as a force for
social change, encouraged him to form IROKO Theatre Company in 1996.
IROKO Theatre are winners of The Guardian Charity award ‘for innovative approach to
education’. The company uses African theatre art forms to enhance learning, skills,
health and wellbeing of people of all backgrounds and abilities. Alex is responsible for
conceiving, developing and producing all IROKO’s creative work. As a facilitator and
community theatre director, his work includes creative curriculum projects in primary and
secondary schools and professional development programmes for teachers and drama
tutors. Recent productions and performances include site-specific pieces in museums
and heritage centres. He is a visiting lecturer in various universities in Britain and
abroad, introducing students to African Theatre and Storytelling as part of their World
Theatre Studies programme.
Alex’s recent and new works include:
Speaking Without Voice – a project exploring four Nigerian non-verbal communication
systems – Aroko, Nsibidi, Uli and the Talking Drum
Forever Young – a project that uses creative art activities to enhance the health and
wellbeing of older people, some of whom are living with moderate dementia.
Stories of Africans Living in Newham – a project that will research, record, preserve,
celebrate and share the stories of Africans who have helped or are helping to shape the
economic and urban heritage of Newham.
Alex has worked and continues to work as a Consultant for renowned British institutions
like the BBC, the Royal Shakespeare Company, The British Museum and the Museum
of London where he is a freelance tutor on Object Handling.
Alex’s contribution to the cultural life of Britain has been recognised by various bodies,
notably the award he received from the Mayor of London for his “outstanding
contribution to the cultural life of Londoners”. Alex is also a Fellow of The Royal Society
of Arts and Board Member of EKO Trust, currently made up of six schools.
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