on Thursday 14th of November 2013, Kunle Animashaun was formally welcomed as Theatre Director in Residence for Tallaght community Arts/ South Dublin.
Kunle Animashaun is a writer, poet and dramatist. The author of ‘Pitfalls’ and ‘Drumbeats of oppression’. He is the artistic director of Camino Productions. Some of his past productions include, ‘Wedlock of the Gods’ ‘Sizwe Bansi is dead’ ‘Things Fall apart’ ‘Pitfalls’ and a stage adaptation of a novel ‘Trapped’ at the Irish aid on O’Connell Street.
On the international front, he once delivered a speech on his work as a Theatre director in Ireland at the Committee of Regions, European Union Headquarters during the grand finale of the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue, Brussels on the 5th November 2008.
On the personal level, he is married to a wonderful lady known as Temitope and the union is blessed with three children, a girl and two boys, 17, 13 and 10 years old.
As a theatre director, he wants his work to serve as a bridge to different cultural affiliations in Ireland. His aim is to always use his work in a collaborative way to increase cross cultural awareness while also encouraging a stronger cohesion in communities.
In his welcome speech, Kunle said “With the kind of work that I do, there is always the opportunity of turning the stage into a ‘liminal’ space that is open to all kinds of possibilities and thereby become a ‘Temenos’, that is, a sacred space and container of transformation” and hopes that during this residency, his work will add to the Tallaght Community Arts New Audience Development initiative.