Research, Training and Mentoring
 
One of TEMi's core mandates is research. We focus on diverse topics within the Performing Arts, Applied Theatre, Cultural Entrepreneurship and Creative Economy, Cultural Policy, Drama and Theatre Studies, and Cinema. Other critical and social topics of interest include Climate Justice, Art and Internal Displacement, Migration, and Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (J.E.D.I). We engage in both traditional and non-traditional research. Our Research Hub is coordinated by the Director of Research.
 
Are you interested in any of the research foci? Do you want to work with or be mentored by a highly experienced research team with over a decade of experience?  If your answer is yes, then you can join our research hub either as a Research Associate or a Research Intern. Send your application package to theatreemissary@gmail.com. Your application package should contain your cv, short bio (max 150 words), and one-page application letter highlighting your research interests, your past experience (s), and why you are interested in being part of our Research Hub.

After the research team has reviewed your application, you will be contacted for an interview. We strongly encourage both emerging and established researchers/scholars and artists to apply.

At the moment, we are no longer receiving any applications. Check back for information on the next application cycle. 
 

Research Associates

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ADENEKAN LANRE QASIM

Adenekan Lanre Qasim was born in Abeokuta, southwest-Nigeria. He is from a family of clergy whose religious teachings shrouded their understanding of theatre beyond mere entertainment.  However, Qasim was an active member of a cultural troupe during his primary education, and his acting skill was equally demonstrated and commended during his Diploma study in Mass Communication. As fate would prevailed, he was offered Performing Arts at University of Ilorin despite his application to further study in mass communication. Therefore, he reluctantly accepted performing arts not because he detest it, but as a result of his religious perception of the art theatre. Afterwards, he developed strong interest in the art, and thus dreamt of a career in practicing and teaching theatre. Presently, Qasim is a Theatre Arts lecturer at Bayero University, Kano (BUK). His ideological orientation is premised on using theatre as a tool for social change, and that is at the core of his artistic research works such as deploying drama as a therapeutic tool for rehabilitating persons with substance use disorder in Kano. He believes that using drama/theatre for social re-engineering will aid societal development, and birth the understanding of theatre as a functional art for social change.

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OMORODION MARTINA

Omorodion, Martina O. is a creative writer, theatre researcher and an entrepreneur. Born in Surulere, Lagos, at an early age she was exposed to the dynamism of the theatre through the cultural performances of the local Catholic Church she attended. Matty, as she is fondly called was introduced to the delights of the written words by her father who ensured she never ran out of books to read. She took her love for books further by writing stories and short plays. In High school she joined the late Fran Kuboye’s Jazz 38 club where she took part in music, dance and drama performances. Her passion for the theatre encouraged her to pursue a B.A in Theatre Arts from the University of Benin, majoring in Dramatic Theory and Literature. She spent the early part of her career as a literature teacher and worked with students on Performance and Creative Writing. Years after, she leaves teaching and proceeds to the University of Lagos where she bagged a Masters in Theatre Arts. 
Martina works as an independent researcher and a script writer. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Dramatic Literature and is exploring the intersections of violent conflict and womanhood in the dramatic work of Ahmed Yerima.

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SILAS EMOVWODO

Silas Oghenemaro Emovwodo was born in Ile-Ife, south-western Nigeria. He is the third child of his engineer-turned-farmer, and a retired nurse, also now turned farmer, mother. As the youngest of an intercultural family (Urhobo dad from Delta state and Yoruba mum from Ogbomoso, Oyo state), he fell in love with the performing arts early in life as a member of the defunct ‘G-Force’ drama group where he and his two older siblings all performed. Silas bagged his BSc. from Bowen University in Mass Communication and was a member of the campus fellowship drama unit. Silas journeyed to Indonesia as a recipient of the Indonesian government’s Darmasiswa scholarship program where he studied Theater at the Indonesian Institute of Art (ISI) Surakarta. He co-founded the defunct Lima Unsur group, where he co-wrote scripts and acted for performances at the International Mask Festival, Borobudur International Art Festival among others in Indonesia. Silas wrote the script and acted in the stage drama for the Easter service at his Gereja Bethel Indonesia Keluarga Allah (GBIKA) church. He scripted, directed and acted in Elesin: Penunggang Kuda Raja (Elesin: the king’s horseman) an adaptation of Wole Soyinka’s Death and the King’s Horseman. Silas also hosted his Contemporary Directing project employing shadow puppetry to raise awareness about climate and environmental issues. Silas earned his master’s degree in Media and Communication from Universitas Airlangga, Indonesia and his research interests are on theater and art’s impact on sustainability.

Research Interns

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FREDRICK IGWE

Fredrick Igwe was born in Lagos, Nigeria. He spent most of his early life shuttling between Lagos and
Accra, Ghana. During his secondary school education, Fredrick developed a strong interest in drama
and theatrical performances.. This interest led him to pursue further studies and subsequently a
career in the arts.
He holds a BFA degree in Theatre Arts from the prestigious University of Ghana. His specializations
in this program include Media Production, Creative Writing, and Media and Society. He views
Theatre and the Media as a tool for education and a catalyst for social change in sub-Saharan Africa
As a budding scholar, his research interests are primarily centred around exploring the efficacy of
media and theatre as a tool for education and sensitisation in sub-Saharan Africa.
Over the years Fredrick has worked on a number of development projects in collaboration the Ghana
Broadcasting Corporation, UNFPA, UNICEF, Ghana Ministry of Women, Children, and Social
Protection, where informative television programs were used as a platform to investigate and
address issues relating to adolescent reproductive and sexual health, and gender-based violence in
sub-Saharan Africa.
When Fredrick isn’t busy exploring his research interests, he loves to visit the beach, watch shows
on Netflix or read books. His favourite author is Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Fredrick is also a social
media enthusiast.

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KOFOWOROLA OWOKOTOMO

Kofoworola Owokotomo was born in Ogun State, Nigeria into a family that prioritizes Education and Entrepreneurship, her Father is an Associate Professor while her Mother is a Businesswoman. As a child, she was set on becoming a Legal Practitioner until her fifth year in Secondary School when she got the opportunity to direct a performance that she realized the power of Theatre to shift mindsets and build stronger communities. She is a Nigeria based Theatre Artist with over four years experience of directing plays and creating Theatre for Development Performances, She is commited to using Theatre and Art as a tool for Social Development in Nigerian societies, her work explores Theatre praxis for social change, Refugees/Migrant Literature and Feminist/gender discourse. In 2020, she was selected to participate in the Association of Commonwealth Universities Summer School where she got the opportunity to share her Artistic practice with various students from around the world. Kofoworola has a degree in Theatre Arts from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria.

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IFEOLUWA UGBAJA

Ifeoluwa Ugbaja was born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria. At the age of 14, she wrote in her diary that she will one day study and practice Theatre because she was fascinated by radio dramas and how they were used to educate the common man in the vernacular language, Pidgin. Pressured to fit into society’s idea of what a proper university undergraduate program is, she decided to study Law instead.
A 200 level student of foreign languages at the University of Benin, Ifeoluwa dropped out of school to pursue her passion for theatre. Years later she graduates from same university with a 2nd class upper division in Theatre Arts. She engages in Restorative Justice, Theatre and health and other forms of Applied Theatre. A volunteer at her church’s drama department, Ifeoluwa shares Theatre information and opportunities on social media to help others in the field.