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Canada Research Chair in Socially Engaged Theatre; Director, Centre for Socially Engaged Theatre (C-SET), University of Regina

Taiwo Afolabi holds the Canada Research Chair in Socially Engaged Theatre; he is the Director, the Centre for Socially Engaged Theatre (C-SET), and an Assistant Professor at the University of Regina. He is an artist, qualitative researcher, theatre manager, applied theatre practitioner and educator with a decade of experience working across a variety of creative and community contexts in over dozen countries across four continents. He conducts research, creates works, performs, and teaches at the intersection of performance and human ecology. His research interests lie in the areas of applied theatre and policing, social justice, decolonization, art leadership and management, migration, and the ethics of conducting arts-based research. Dr. Afolabi has co-edited two books and published articles in various books and reputable journals. He is a Senior Research Associate at the University of Johannesburg (South Africa) and the founding artistic director of Theatre Emissary International.

Experience

  • 2018–present
    Senior Research Associate, University of Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 2020–present
    Assistant Professor, Theatre Dept, University of Regina, Canada
  • 2021–present
    Director, Centre for Socially Engaged Theatre (C-SET), University of Regina, Canada
  • 2021–present
    Canada Research Chair in Socially Engaged Theatre, University of Regina, Canada
  • 2021–present
    Co-Editor, Journal of Arts and Communities
  • 2012–2015
    Artistic Director, Theatre Emissary International

Education

  • 2020 
    University of Victoria, PhD
  • 2016 
    University of Ilorin, MA
  • 2011 
    University of Jos, BA (Hons)

Grants and Contracts

  • 2015
    Queen Elizabeth Scholarship
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Professional Memberships

  • UNESCO's International Theatre Institute
  • International Federation for Theatre Research
  • Canadian Association for Theatre Research
  • Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE)