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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