Founded in 1986 by Yvonne Brewster, Carmen Munroe, Mona Hammond and Inigo Espejel, Talawa Theatre Company is Britain's foremost Black-led theatre company. Talawa was created in response to Yvonne Brewster's recognition of the lack of creative opportunities for actors, directors and writers from minority ethnic backgrounds prevalent at the time. Since its inception, Talawa has mounted a wide variety of work from Shakespeare to African classics and new Black British writing. In addition the Company runs an extensive Participation and Education programme, and supports the development of writers and new writing. The Company is currently led by Artistic Director, Michael Buffong.