Michael McMillan is a writer, playwright and curator of Vincentian parentage. Recent plays produced include: Babel Junction (Maya Productions, 2006) and Master Juba (Theatre Is & GLYPT, 2006). He is Visiting Professor of Creative Writing at the LCC (University of the Arts, London). He curated The ‘West Indian’ Front Room (Geffrye Museum 2005-06) which had over 35,000 visitors and inspired the BBC4 documentary Tales from the Front Room. He has since curated a new exhibition on the living room of Moroccan, Surinamese, Antillean and Indonesian migrants in The Netherlands called Van Huis Uit (Imagine IC, Amsterdam January-May 2007 and Tilburg Central Library May-August 2007.) In 2009 he published The Front Room (Black Dog Publishing).
Jonzi D graduated from the London Contemporary Dance School and since then, has been committed to the development of hip hop theatre, creating Lyrikal Fearta in 1995, and Aeroplane Man in 1999. He was an Associate Artist at The Place Theatre and has performed and created dance theatre pieces all over Europe, North America, Israel, New Zealand, Cuba and Southern Africa. Jonzi D Productions is also an Associate Company of Sadler’s Wells. Jonzi is the curator and host of the acclaimed Breakin’ Convention International Hip Hop Dance Theatre festival, nominated for a South Bank Show Award and now in its fifth year. Jonzi has devised, choreographed and featured in various hip hop inspired fashion shows including, 40 degrees at Earls Court, and State Property for Rocawear at The Royal Festival Hall. As an MC/poet, Jonzi has worked with The Roots, Steve Williamson, Mannafest, Lenny Henry, MC Mell ‘O’ and toured with Gangstarr. He appeared on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, Channel 4’s Faking It, and his short films Silence da Bitchin and Aeroplane Man were also screened on Channel 4. In 1995, he was creative consultant on LWT’s South Bank Show ‘Special’ documenting the art and culture of hip hop. In 2007, Jonzi was listed as one of the top 10 positive black musical role models by MOBO.
Femi Elufowoju, jr is a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts and currently Associate Artist at the Almeida Theatre, London. He is Founder and ex-Artistic Director (1997 – 2010) of Tiata Fahodzi, Britain’s foremost national touring African theatre company. His penultimate production for the company (Iya-Ile) received a nomination for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre (Soho Theatre) at the 2010 Laurence Olivier Awards.
After training as an actor at Bretton Hall, Leeds University, Femi enjoyed lengthy seasons at the National Theatre, Royal Court and Oxford Stage Company as well as recording numerous radio plays for the BBC.
In 1996 he received a Regional Theatre Young Directors’ award and spent a year at Theatre Royal Stratford East as assistant director under Philip Hedley. In 2002 Femi was appointed Trainee Associate Director at the Royal Court Theatre, London and in the same year invited to segment direct The Commonwealth Parade at Buckingham Palace on the occasion of the Golden Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. In 2003 he was appointed Associate Director at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds and Associate Director at New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich in 2008. In-between these two appointments Femi was invited by the National Theatre, London to direct Richard Bean’s The Big Men; a platform performance in the Olivier Theatre in response to the global economic and financial crisis under focus of the G8 process. Femi recently produced and directed Burned to Nothing for BBC Radio 4 and also refreshed his acting vocation with significant roles in television thrillers Wire in the Blood (ITV) and Moses Jones (BBC).