• Abbensetts; Michael
    Born in Guyana, Michael Abbensetts moved to London in 1963, and began his career writing short stories. Inspired after seeing a...
  • Abuah; Anthony
    Award-winning filmmaker and playwright Anthony Abuah was born in Kenya to a Rwandan mother and Nigerian father. Abuah developed an...
  • Addai; Levi David
    Born in South London to Ghanaian parents, Levi David Addai began his playwrighting career whilst studying at Brunel University. His...
  • Adebayo; Mojisola
    Born in South London, Mojisola Adebayo is an actor, director, playwright and producer. She has been making theatre for over two decades...
  • Adetunji; Lydia
    Lydia Adetunji was born in Stockport and grew up in Nigeria before moving back to Britain. After graduating from Cambridge with a degree...
  • Agard; John
    John Agard was born in Guyana, and worked for the Guyana Sunday Chronicle newspaper as sub-editor and feature writer before moving to...
  • Agbaje; Bola
    Bola Agbaje born in South London to Nigerian parents is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter. In 2006 Agbaje enrolled in the...
  • Agboluaje; Oladipo
    Born in Hackney and educated in both Britain and Nigeria, Oladipo Agboluaje began writing short stories at a young age. After completing...
  • Ajadi; Adewale
    Born in Ibadan, Nigeria, Adewale Ajadi is a playwright, storyteller and a qualified barrister.
  • Ajibade; Yemi
    Born in Nigeria in 1933, Yemi Ajibade is a playwright and actor. Ajibade's Parcel Post was presented at the Royal Court Theatre for...
  • Al-Hakim; Tawfiq
    Playwright, novelist and essayist Tawfiq Al-Hakim, was born in 1898 in Alexandria, Egypt to an Egyptian landowning father and an...
  • Ali; Jamal
    Jamal Ali was born in Guyana and is a playwright and poet. During the 1970s Ali founded RAPP (Radical Alliance of Poets and Player). Ali,...
  • Aluko; Tayo
    Born in Nigeria, playwright, producer and performer Tayo Aluko moved to England in 1978, where he studied architecture. As a baritone, he...
  • Amoroso; Ronald
    Ronald Amoroso was a playwright and director from Trinidad and Tobago. His play the Blood Clot was first staged in Trinidad in 1970 and...
  • Andi; Su
    SuAndi OBE born in Hulme, Manchester is of British and Nigerian heritage. A poet, writer and librettist, in more recent years she has...
  • Archibald; Douglas
    Douglas Archibald was born in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad in 1919. His first play Junction Village won the Readers and Writers Guild prize...
  • Ashton; Zawe
    A drama graduate from Manchester Metropolitan University, Zawe joined the National Youth Theatre after professionally acting in...
  • Aymer; Geoff
    Geoff Aymer is a writer, comedian and actor. Aymer's plays have been performed at the Hackney Empire, Theatre Royal Stratford East and...
  • Bain; Allister
    Grenadian born Allister Bain is best known as a television and film actor. Bain's first play 2001 People, written in 2001 was followed by...
  • Baku; Shango
    Born in Belmont, Trinidad, Shango Baku is a playwright, director, journalist and activist. In the early 1980s Baku created Baku...
  • Bandele; Biyi
    Nigerian born Biyi Bandele is an award winning playwright, director and novelist. He has worked with the Royal Court Theatre, the Royal...
  • Beadle-Blair; Rikki
    South London born Rikki Beadle-Blair is an award winning playwright, director, actor and choreographer. Beadle-Blair's writing covers...
  • Beaton; Norman
    Norman Beaton born in Georgetown, Guyana was an actor, composer and playwright. After moving to England in 1960 Beaton wrote his first...
  • Bennette Hume; Peggy
    Born in London to Trinidadian parents, Peggy Bennette Hume is a playwright, director and teacher. In 1968 Bennette-Hume became the first...
  • Berry; James
    Born in a seaside village in Jamaica, James Berry is an award winning poet. After working in America Berry moved to Britain in 1948 and...
  • Bhim; Michael
    London born Michael Bhim is an award winning playwright. He has worked with the Royal Court Theatre, Soho Theatre, Tricycle Theatre and...
  • BiBi Crew, The
    Founded in the 1980s by Joanne Campbell, Judith Jacob, Janet Kay, Suzette Llewellyn, Josephine Melville, Beverley Michaels and Suzanne...
  • Blackman; Malorie
    Malorie Blackman born in London in 1962 is an award winning author of literature for children and young adults. Blackman qualified in...
  • Boakye; Paul
    Paul Boakye born in London in 1963 is an award winning playwright, essayist and editor. His debut play Jacob's Ladder took the UK Student...
  • Booker; Malika
    Malika Booker is a writer, spoken word and multidisciplinary artist of Guyanese and Grenadian parentage. She was born in the UK, but...
  • Brathwaite; Edward Kamau
    Edward Kamau Brathwaite born in Bridgetown, Barbados, is a poet, playwright, literary critic and leading Caribbean historian. After...
  • Brogan; Linda
    Manchester born Linda Brogan is an award winning playwright, director and dramaturg. In 1999 Brogan took part in the North West...
  • Brown; Lennox
    Born in Trinidad, Lennox Brown is a playwright, poet and journalist. After graduating with a BA in English from the University of Western...
  • Busby; Margaret
    Ghanaian born Margaret Busby is an award winning critic, and editor. She became the UK's youngest, and first Black woman publisher when...
  • Cameron; Derrick
    Playwright Derrick Cameron studied Drama at Liverpool Polytechnic, and University of Essex. He is the writer of Black Sheep (Temba...
  • Castang; Sonia
    Sonia Castang is a playwright, director and photographer. A graduate of the National Film and Television School she has written and...
  • Cesaire; Aime
    Born in Basse-Pointe, a small town on the northeast coast of Martinique in the French Caribbean Aime Cesaire was a playwright, poet and...
  • Chew; Richard
    Richard Chew is a composer, singer and pianist who has composed music for many films and operas, including the Mary Seacole Opera (2007)....
  • Connor; Edric
    Trinidadian Edric Connor born was a pioneering actor, musician, producer and director. Connor left Trinidad in 1944 for England and...
  • Connor; Geraldine
    Trinidadian born Geraldine Connor is a theatre director, composer, ethnomusicologist and performer. Connor conceived, composed and...
  • Cooke; Trish
    Born in Bradford, West Yorkshire, Trish Cooke is an award winning playwright, author, actor and television presenter. After graduating...
  • Cross; Felix
    Felix Cross is a director, playwright, composer and lyricist. Cross has produced over 100 productions in UK and worldwide, from musicals,...
  • Cumper; Patricia
    Jamaican born Patricia Cumper is an award winning playwright, author and director. Cumper moved to Britain in the 1970s after winning a...
  • D'Aguiar; Fred
    Award winning playwright, poet and novelist Fred D'Aguiar was born in London in 1960 and lived in Guyana before returning to England in...
  • D; Jonzi
    Jonzi D has been actively involved in British Hip Hop culture, rapping and b-boying in clubs and on the street since its genesis in the...
  • Davis; Jenny
    Jenny Davis is a playwright, screenwriter, novelist and actor. Her play The Front Room toured nationally with Kushite Theatre, playing at...
  • Dawes; Kwame
    Kwame Dawes was born in Ghana in 1962, and spent most of his childhood and early adult life in Jamaica. A playwright, poet and critic,...
  • De-lahay; Rachel
    Rachel De-lahay's debut play The Westbridge was awarded the Writer's Guild Award for Best Theatre Play in 2012 and was joint winner of...
  • Dijeh; Lizzy
    Lizzy Dijeh born in London of Nigerian parentage, is a playwright and a poet. She graduated in English and Related Literature at York...
  • Ellams; Inua
    Nigerian born Inua Ellams is a playwright, poet and graphic artist. His debut play The 14th Tale won a Fringe First Award at the...
  • Ellis; Michael J
    Michael Ellis born in East London of Jamaican parentage is a playwright, scriptwriter and lecturer. Ellis began writing articles, book...
  • Elufowoju; Femi Jr
    Actor, theatre director and playwright. Femi Elufowoju, Jr. was born in London to Nigerian parents. Elufowoju, Jr. originally trained as...
  • Etienne; Patrice
    Born in Hackney, Playwright and actor Patrice Etienne is a former member of the Young Writer's Programme at Soho Theatre.
  • Evaristo; Bernardine
    Award winning novelist and playwright Bernardine Evaristo, born in London to an English mother and Nigerian father was educated at Eltham...
  • Fagon; Alfred
    Born in Jamaica, Alfred Fagon moved to England in 1955 where he worked for British Rail in Nottingham. After various jobs as a boxer and...
  • Finley; Harold
    Finley has worked as a journalist for numerous national newspapers and magazines, an actor in the West End, National Theatre, Repertory,...
  • French; Robin
    Robin Fench was born in Birmingham and educated at Cambridge. His first play, Bear Hug, won the Royal Court Young Writer's Festival and...
  • French; Segun Lee
    Nigerian Mancunian Segun Lee French is a playwright, poet, film-maker and composer. He is a founder member of Manchester's Speakeasy...
  • Fugard; Athol
    Athol Fugard, is a white South African dramatist, actor, and director. Fugard's 'township plays', so called because they are inspired by...
  • Gabre-Medhin; Tsegaye
    Born in the highland village of Boda, near the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, poet and dramatist Tsegaye Gabre-Medhin was considered...
  • Gbadamosi; Gabriel
    Gabriel Gbadamosi is a playwright, dramaturg and poet. After studying English at Cambridge, he founded the Irish Irregulars Theatre...
  • Gilkes - Romero; Juliet
    Born in East London to Caribbean parents Juliet Gilkes Romero, is both a playwright and a journalist. She worked for the BBC reporting...
  • Gilkes-Romero; Juliet
    Born in East London to Caribbean parents Juliet Gilkes Romero, is both a playwright and a journalist. She worked for the BBC, reporting...
  • Glasgow; Tian
    Playwright and director Tian Glasgow graduated from Cantebury Christchurch University with a degree in Film, Radio and Television.
  • Gloudon; Barbara
    Jamaican born Barbara Gloudon is a journalist, playwright, writer, and the first female chair of the Jamaican Council Institute for the...
  • Hilaire; Patricia
    Patricia St. Hilaire is a playwright, director, poet and academic. After graduating from Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama, St....
  • Hilaire; Patricia St.
    Patricia St. Hilaire is a playwright, director, poet and academic. After graduating from Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama, St....
  • Hill; Errol
    Trinidadian Errol Hill was a playwright and theatre historian. In 1949 Hill travelled to London on a two year British Council Scholarship...
  • Huggins; Tyrone
    Born in St Kitts, Tyrone Huggins is an actor, writer, and director. After graduating from Leeds University with a degree in metallurgy,...
  • Ikoli; Tunde
    Tunde Ikoli was born in London's East End to a Cornish mother and Nigerian father. After leaving school at 15 he spent two years as a...
  • Ikumelo; Gbemisola
    Gbemisola Ikumelo's work in theatre includes Duck at the Unicorn Theatre; God is a DJ and Missing at Theatre Centre; Rent at the English...
  • James; CLR
    Born in Tunapuna, Trinidad, CLR James was an award winning historian, playwright, social theorist and broadcaster. After working as a...
  • James; Lennie
    Born in Nottingham, Lennie James is an award winning playwright and actor. A graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama James'...
  • Jean-Baptiste; Marianne
    London born Marianne Jean-Baptiste is a writer, actress, singer-songwriter and composer. She was classically trained at Royal Academy of...
  • John; Errol
    Born in Port of Spain, Trinidad Errol John was an award winning playwright and actor. After leaving school John began a career as an...
  • Johnson; Linton Kwesi
    Born in Clarendon, Jamaica, Linton Kwesi Johnson is an award winning poet, musician and sociologist. He moved to London in 1963, and went...
  • Jones; Clifton
    Born in Jamaica Clifton Jones came to Britain in 1958 to study at the Italian Conti Stage School. While still a student he appeared in...
  • Jumbo; Cush
    Playwright and actor Cush Jumbo trained at Central School of Speech and Drama. Her work in theatre includes Rosalind in As You Like It...
  • Kay; Jackie
    Jackie Kay born in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1961 to a Scottish mother and Nigerian father is an award winning poet, novelist and...
  • Kene; Arinze
    Arinze Kene was born in Lagos, Nigeria, and in 1991 his family moved to London. He trained as an actor as well as working as a writer...
  • Kinch; Don
    Barbados born Don Kinch is a playwright and director. After moving to London in 1965, Kinch launched and edited Staunch Magazine in...
  • Kumalo; Alton
    Born in South Africa, Alton Kumalo is a playwright, director and actor. In 1972 he founded Temba Theatre company with fellow actor Oscar...
  • Kwei-Armah; Kwame
    Kwame Kwei-Armah won the Peggy Ramsay award for his first play, Bitter Herb (1998), which was subsequently put on by The Bristol Old Vic,...
  • Layne; Marcia
    Marcia Layne is an award winning playwright. Her play Off Camera which won the Alfred Fagon Award was performed at the West Yorkshire...
  • Lovelace; Earl
    Earl Lovelace born in Toco, Trinidad is an award winning playwright, novelist and journalist. Lovelace attended Howard University,...
  • Luckie; Steven
    Steven Luckie is a freelance director, writer and producer. After studying at Goldsmiths, University and Middlesex University, he trained...
  • Lumley - Watson; Oscar
    Educated at a West London Grammar School and obtained a BA in Drama and English at Norwich. Taught drama for a year before training as a...
  • Maddy Amadu; Yulisa
    Yulisa Amadu Maddy is a Sierra Leonean playwright, novelist, critic, and performing artist. He is founder and director of Gbakanda...
  • Makoha; Nick
    Born in Uganda, Nick Makoha fled the country with his mother during the Idi Amin dictatorship. He has lived in Kenya, Saudi Arabia and...
  • Maponya; Maishe
    South African dramatist and director Maishe Maponya was born in Johannesburg. His early work includes The Cry (1976) and Peace and...
  • Marson; Una
    Una Marson was a pioneering Jamaican poet, dramatist, journalist, and broadcaster whose most prolific period was the 1930s, during which...
  • Martello-White; Nathaniel
    British actor and playwright Nathaniel Martello-White has performed in a number of films, television shows and theatre including Othello,...
  • Martin; Cheryl
    Cheryl Martin is an award winning-playwright, director, poet and singer who was appointed artist-in-residence at the 2002 Commonwealth...
  • Martin; Jo
    Jo Martin is an actor, director and co-founder of the theatre company, Aarawak Moon Productions.
  • Mason-John; Valerie
    Valerie Mason-John born in Cambridge is a playwright, author and performance poet. Mason-John studied at Leeds University and later...
  • Matura; Mustapha
    Born in Trinidad Mustapha Matura is an award winning playwright. In 1962 Matura sailed to England and a year later, after working as a...
  • McDonald; Orlaine
    Orlaine McDonald born in the Midlands graduated with a BA in Theatre at Rose Bruford College. She has spent a number of years running...
  • McField; Frank Swarres
    Born in the Cayman Islands, Dr Frank McField is a sociologist, playwright and politician. McField studied history and political science...
  • McMillan; Michael
    Michael McMillan was born in the UK and is a playwright, artist-curator and scholar of Caribbean heritage. After winning an essay...
  • Melville; Josephine; Jo
    Josephine Melville is a dancer, actress, singer, producer, writer, director and archivist. As a founder member and Director of The BiBi...
  • Mhlophe; Gcina
    Gcina Mhlophe is a South African playwright, poet, actress and teacher. Her plays Have You Seen Zandile? was first produced at the Market...
  • Miller; Kara
    Award-winning playwright and director Kara Miller grew up in Jamaica and Barbados and read law at Oxford University.
  • Moffatt; Nigel
    Jamaican playwright Nigel Mofatt began his writing career with poetry and songs. He has been writer in residence at the National Theatre...
  • Mugo; Micere Githae
    Micere Githae Mugo is a Kenyan playwright, poet, academic and activist. She was forced into exile from Kenya in 1982 during the reign of...
  • Mulekwa; Charles
    Born in Uganda, Charles Mulekwa is an award-winning playwright, performer, composer, and producer. He began writing plays in his native...
  • Naphtali; Amani
    Amani Naphtali is a trained dramatist, writer, director and filmmaker. He was a founder member of Double Edge Theatre Company. His plays...
  • National Black Arts Alliance; 1985
    Founded in 1985 the National Black Arts Alliance is the UK's largest newtowrk of Black Artists. The NBAA's video library is dedicated to...
  • Newland; Courttia
    West London born Courttia Newland is a playwright and novelist. He is the author of three critically acclaimed novels, The Scholar (1998)...
  • Obano; Rex
    London born Rex Obano is a playwright and screenwriter. Obano studied philosophy at the University of North London, and after graduating...
  • Obisesan; Gbolahan
    Gbolahan Obisesan was born in Nigeria and move to South East London with his parents aged 9 years old and he is a playwright and theatre...
  • Oguns; Femi
    London born Femi Oguns, is an award-winning playwright, actor, theatre producer and founder of Identity Theatre School, and Identity...
  • Ogunyemi; Wale
    Playwright Wale Ogunyemi was born in Igbajo in the West of Nigeria. Ogunyemi became a drama student at Ibadan University in on a one-year...
  • Okoh; Janice
    Award winning playwright Janice Okoh, graduated from the Scriptwriting strand of UEA's M.A. in Creative Writing in 2008. Okoh worked as a...
  • Oshodi; Maria
    Maria Oshodi's first play, 'The S Bend', was produced as part of the Royal Court Young Writers Festival in 1984, directed by David Sulkin...
  • Oyeyemi; Helen
    Playwright and novelist Helen Oyeyemi was born in Nigeria in 1984 and moved to London when she was four. While studying Social and...
  • Philip; M NourbeSe
    Born in Tabago, Trinidad, M. NourbeSe Phillip is an award winning poet, writer and lawyer. After graduating with a BA from the...
  • Phillips; Caryl
    Caryl Phillips was born in St. Kitts and came to Britain at the age of four months. He grew up in Leeds, and graduated from Oxford...
  • Pinnock; Winsome
    London born Winsome Pinnock, is a playwright and academic. She holds a B.A. in English and Drama from the Goldsmiths, University of...
  • Randall; Paulette
    London born Paulette Randall is a theatre and television director, playwright and former artistic director of Talawa Theatre Company....
  • Reckord; Barry
    Barry Reckord was a Jamaican playwright. Born in Kingston, he attended Kingston College and went on to study theology at St Peter's...
  • Reid; Benji
    Benji Reid is a creative producer, devisor and director. He trained as a dancer with the Northern School of Contemporary Dance and as an...
  • Rhone; Trevor
    Trevor Rhone was an award winning Jamaican playwright, director and actor. After graduation, he began writing radio plays for the newly...
  • River; Sol. B
    Writer, director and actor Sol River began his writing career in 1993 with three full-length scripts entitled Identity, Dead Good Actor...
  • Robinson; Roger
    Roger Robinson was born in Trinidad, arriving in the UK in the late 1980s.Robinson has performed worldwide, including one-man shows The...
  • Rodriguez; Christopher
    Christopher Rodriguez born in Port of Spain, Trinidad, is a playwright and director. He has worked as an assistant director, and producer...
  • Rotimi; Ola
    Nigerian Ola Rotimi was a playwright and director. He obtained a B.A. from Boston University, and an M.A. from Yale, where he earned the...
  • Rudet; Jaqueline
    London born playwright Jacqueline Rudet spent her early years in the Caribbean island of Dominica, before moving back to Britain. Rudet...
  • Scott; Dennis
    Member of the Jamaican National Dance Theatre Company, lecturer at Yale School of Drama from 1986 until his death Dennis Scott also...
  • Sissay; Lemn
    Lemn Sissay born in Lancashire to Ethiopian parents is a poet, playwright and author. After being adopted as a baby and raised by a white...
  • Sofola; Zulu
    Zulu Sofola was born in 1935, in Issele-Uku, Delta State, Nigeria. After graduating from Virginia Union University, with a B.A. in...
  • Solanke; Adeola
    Ade Solanke is a playwright, screenwriter, and founder and creative director of Spora Stories. She was a Fulbright Scholar at the...
  • Sowande; Bode
    Bode Sowande is a Nigerian playwright, director and novelist. He was a founding member of the Ori Olukun Acting Company. Sowande's first...
  • Soyinka; Wole
    Nigerian Wole Soyinka is an award winning writer, poet, playwright and recipient of the 1986 Nobel Prize in Literature. After graduating...
  • The Posse
    Formed in the early 1990s by Brian Bovell, Michael Buffong, Victor Romero Evans, Robbie Gee, Roger Griffiths, Gary McDonald, Eddie Nestor...
  • Thiong'o; Ngugi wa
    Ngugi wa Thiong'o is a Kenyan novelist, poet, playwright and distinguished academic. Ngugi burst onto the literary scene in East Africa...
  • tucker green; debbie
    London born debbie tucker green worked as a stage manager for 10 years, before turning her hand to playwrighting. Encouraged by a friend,...
  • Turvey; Angela
    Angela Turvey has been writing for television, radio and the stage. Her broadcast work for radio includes the Woman's Hour Serial,...
  • Walcott; Derek
    St Lucian born Derek Walcott is an award winning poet, playwright and recipient of the 1992 Nobel Prize in Literature. Walcott was...
  • White; Edgar Nkosi
    Edgar Nkosi White born on the Caribbean island of Montserrat, grew up in Harlem, New York from 1952. He studied at Yale University and...
  • Williams; Karla
    Karla Williams is a playwright and journalist. Her third play My Life was staged at the Warehouse Theatre in 2006. Her plays have been...
  • Williams; Roy
    London born Roy Williams is an award winning playwright. His third play for the Royal Court, Fallout, won the 2003 South Bank Show Arts...
  • Worrell; Trix
    Writer, director and composer Trix Worrell was born in St. Lucia and came to England when he was five. He wrote and directed his first...
  • Wynter (-Carew); Sylvia
    Born in Cuba, Sylvia Wynter is a Jamaican novelist, playwright and essayist. Wynter graduated from Kings College, University of London...
  • Zephaniah; Benjamin
    Birmingham born Benjamin Zephaniah divided his early years between the district of Handsworth, and the tropics of Jamaica. Having left...