Theatre Emissary is a cultural centre based in Nigeria that utilizes diverse art forms to educate, conscientize and create positive social change in the society. Theatre Emissary, with the acronym (TEM), carries out its mission through stage performances, acting, theatre workshops, applied theatre outreaches, film production and research. This organization consists of artists and scholars from a wide range of artistic background from playwriting, acting, cinematography, directing, education, and technical theatre among others.
TEM is also a centre for generating knowledge through research. It aims at bridging the knowledge gap between local artists and mainstream artists in management functions in order to harness entrepreneurial possibilities in the various fields of the arts. Therefore, TEM focuses its attention on theatre education, motion pictures, applied theatre, productions and arts management for effective theatre practice in Nigeria.
It was established in 2011 and registered with the Nigeria's Corporate Affairs Commissions in 2012.
Charles Etubiebi, Artistic Director
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CHARLES is a professional performing artist who excels in acting, singing and choreography. Charles is a graduate of Theatre and Film Arts from the prestigious University of Jos. Since 2015, he is the Artistic Director of Theatre Emissary (TEM), a Nigerian Theatre Company that uses Theatre as a means to educate, conscientize, create change and empower the art and its practitioners. He is also a registered member of the International Theatre Institute (ITI). As a firm believer in self-development and the professionalism of the arts, he has participated in numerous workshops and master-classes such as; The Universes Spoken-Words Poetry Master Class, Al Bugga International Theatre Festival, Sudan 2013, Relativity Education Acting Workshop, African International Film Festival 2015, Lufodo Productions Ltd Musical Theatre Workshop (Heart Beat) 2015, Pip Utton’s Acting Master Class, Yerevan International Shakespeare Theatre Festival Armenia 2016, and Ronya Man’s Acting Workshop, Realtime International Film Festival 2018.
He won the Award for Best Male Actor at the 2013 Edition of the Al Bugga International Theatre Festival in Khartoum, Sudan. He participated in the 2016 edition of the Armenian International Shakespeare Festival as an actor representing TEM in the play “Prospero” along with other participants from Algeria, Mongolia, Brazil, Romania, Russia and Armenia. He recently won the award for Best Supporting Actor at the 2018 Realtime International Film Festival for his Role in the Short Film Delivery Boy by Kunle Nodash.
The Nigerian born actor has over ten (10) years’ experience in acting on stage, film, and TV. His past projects include; 93Days –FILM – (BAP, Natives Filmworks and Michelangelo Productions), Ojukokoro – FILM – (Singularity Media/BCI Studios), Desperate Housewives Africa – TV – (Ebony Life Tv), Jemeji – TV – (Mnet/Tatafo HQ), TRAM 83 – STAGE – (iOpeneye Ltd), Two Characters Undefined – STAGE – (TEM), Prospero – STAGE – (ITI Armenia), 54 Silhouettes – STAGE – (TEM), Forbidden – TV – (Mnet/Opmod Media) and Delivery Boy- FILM – (Something Unusual Studios) to name a few.
He is deeply passionate about all things Nigerian and believes the best way to change the country for the better is by being the change one wants to see.
He was recently invited as the Nigerian delegate to represent the country at the maiden edition of the Network of Emerging Artists and Professionals Festival (NEAPFEST) which took place from the 23rd to 28th OCTOBER 2018, at the Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. During the festival, he performed a one-man adaptation of the play “54 Silhouettes” by Africa Ukoh. He was also a panellist at one of the roundtable discussions during the NEAPFEST, where he presented a paper on “THE BLACK THEATRE IN DRAMATURGE AND IN SCENE”
Abel Alechenu, Director
Communications and Research
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Alechenu Abel is a professional performing artist who excels in acting, videography and directing. Abel is a graduate of Theatre and Film Arts from the prestigious University of Jos. He is the Associate Director, Communications and Research of Theatre Emissary (TEM), a Nigerian Theatre Company that uses Theatre as a means to educate, conscientize, create change and empower the art and its practitioners. He is also a registered member of the International Theatre Institute (ITI). In his quest for self-development and professionalism of the arts, he has participated in numerous workshops and master-classes such as; delegate, ZUMA International Film Festival, Abuja 2008, 2010 & 2012, participant, International Students Film Festival, Jos 2013, participant, Abuja International Film Festival, Abuja 2013, Africa International Film Festival, Acting Class 2013, Delegate 2014/2018, and participant, Realtime International Film Festival 2017.
He won the Award for Best Stage Director at the University of Jos, 2015. He was the Cultural Consultant of the First Africa Magic Epic TV Series (Ajoche), currently running on two DSTV Channels.
The Nigerian born actor, videographer and director has over ten (10) years’ experience in acting on stage, film, and TV. His past projects include; Cindy’s Note –FILM – (AMSTEL Malta Box Office Productions), Merry Go Round – FILM – (Kminds Productions), Papuu – FILM – (Nuel – Chris Film Academy), Heart Trending – FILM – (Nelson Jumbo Productions), Skinny Girls in Transit – WEB SERIES – (NdaniTV), Tinsel – TV – (Mnet/Africa Magic), Hustle – TV – (Mnet/Blink Media) and Ajoche – TV – (Mnet/Feemo) to name a few.
He is passionate about telling the African Nigerian stories to the world in every way possible, as he explores other cultures.
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Samson Oklobia is responsible for cinematographic projects. One of the mandates of Theatre Emissary is to employ the power of media for self-expression and community empowerment. Thus, Samson coordinates projects and outreaches that are video/film based. As a trained cinematographer with the New York Film Institute (in Abu Dhabi), he has directed a series of short films, one feature film and comedy skits. His films have been screened at film festivals in South Africa and the United Kingdom. He graduated from the Department of Mass Communication, University of Jos, Nigeria.
Senior Research Fellow
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Stephen Ogheneruro Okpadah is a Ph.D. Candidate at the Department of the Performing Arts, University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Nigeria. He holds a B.A (Hons) Degree in Theatre Arts from Delta State University Abraka, Nigeria, and a Masters Degree in Performing Arts from University of Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria. He has published numerous articles in local and international journals such as Quint Quarterly in the University of the North in Canada, Routledge Francis, Taylor Group, AJPAS: Journal of Pan African Studies, Journal of Media Literacy and Academic Research University of SS. Cyril and Methodius in the Trnava Slovak Republic among others. His areas of research include Geo-Politics, Dramatic Criticism, Performance Aesthetics and Cultural Studies. Stephen is happy to join TEM. He will coordinate research activities and co-lead ongoing book publication projects at the Centre.
Taiwo Afolabi - Artistic Director (2012-2015)
Mr. Afolabi was the first artistic director of Theatre Emissary. As the past Artistic Director of Theatre Emissary, Mr. Afolabi was responsible for script interpretation, character development and directing actors on-stage performance. He selected plays for the season; commissioned playwrights to develop plays; auditioned, selected and directed the actors. He engaged with the technical crew; advised the cast and crew on the interpretation and delivery of the performance. He also directed rehearsals, and performances. He conferred with crew and specialists throughout production and post-production to achieve the desired presentation. Under his leadership as the artistic director, the company toured performances to Sudan and Burkina Faso, and he facilitated some project collaborations in Denmark and Benin Republic.