Directing First Steps with Michael Buffong and Jade Lewis
THURSDAY 27TH JUNE
"The Ditch" Garden Studio, Doors: 7pm, Kick Off: 7:15pm
Have you ever thought of directing? Start your directors journey here. Discover the basics of directing in Talawa's Firsts' masterclass, led by established and emerging directors.
Michael is the artistic director of Talawa Theatre Company. He has previously directed Private Lives, All the Ordinary Angels, Six Degrees of Separation, On My Birthday and the multi-award winning A Raisin in the Sun for the Royal Exchange Theatre. Most recently he has directed Guys & Dolls, King Lear, and All My Sons (Talawa Theatre Company and Royal Exchange Theatre).
Other theatre credits include: God’s Property(Talawa Theatre Company, Soho Theatre and the Albany); The Serpent’s Tooth (Talawa Theatre Company and Almeida Theatre); Moon on a Rainbow Shawl (Royal National Theatre); One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Leicester Curve); Crawling in the Dark (Almeida); To Kill a Mockingbird (West Yorkshire Playhouse and Birmingham Rep); Little Sweet Thing(Hampstead Theatre); Raising the Roof (Palace Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue); Long Time No Seeand Unfinished Business (Talawa Theatre Company); Souls (Theatre Centre); The Prayer(Young Vic Studio); Stories From Mean Street(New End Theatre, Hampstead); Airport 2000(Leicester Haymarket); Brother to Brother (Lyric Hammersmith); Scrape Off the Black (Theatre Royal Stratford East) and In Pieces (Coventry Belgrade).
Film and television credits include: Holby City, EastEnders, Admin, Placebo, Calais Rules, Doctors, Casualty, Comedy Shuffle, Hollyoaks, Feeling It, Blazed and Simple!.
Michael can be bribed with shortbread biscuits.
Directing Credits include: Superhoe (Royal Court), Extinguished Things (Summerhall, Edinburgh), Quarter Life Crisis (Underbelly Cowgate and UK Tour) Underbelly Untapped Award Winner, On The Edge of Me (Soho Theatre and UK Tour), War and Peace (Southwark Playhouse) and Movement Director on Followers (Southwark Playhouse).
Assistant/Staff Director credits included: Nine Night (National Theatre and Trafalgar Studios) on A profoundly affectionate, passionate devotion to someone- Noun (Royal Court), The Convert (The Gate), Iphigenia Quartet (The Gate), Venus/Mars (The Bush).
Awards: Boris Karloff Award on Blackta (Young Vic)