Director & Dramaturg
Ola is a critically acclaimed and award winning theatre, film, and opera director; based in London. Her work focuses on power, race and injustice.
She is the winner of the BBC Performing Arts Fellow Award (2015), Genesis Future Director Award (2016), h100 Theatre & Performance Award (2018), Elle list’s ‘50 Game Changers of Now’ (2019) and the Peter Hall Bursary Award (2020).
Since graduating from Rose Bruford College, with a First Class Honours BA in Theatre Directing, she has worked at a number of prestigious Theatres such: Royal Opera House, Donmar Warehouse, Young Vic, Royal Court, National Theatre, Lyric Hammersmith, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, St. Ann’s Warehouse (Brooklyn New York) and Lunt-Fontane Theatre (Broadway).
“Totally, boldly different from anything else.”Alice Saville
Ola was the International Associate Director of Tina Turner the Musical; creating, casting and directing the productions in London, Hamburg, Broadway and Utrecht alongside Phyllida Lloyd; from 2018 to 2020.
In 2016 Ola was Artistic Associate at the Lyric Hammersmith and Theatre Royal Stratford East. She is currently Artistic Associate at the Royal Court Theatre.
Ola has extensive experience working with new writing. In 2011 she worked at the Finborough Theatre as their Senior Reader and Resident assistant director, which gave her the opportunity to devour plays and assist in programming decisions. Ola then went on to read for the Bush Theatre, Bruntwood prize for playwriting and the George Devine Award for most promising playwright.
She also has comprehensive experience working with young and vulnerable people. Ola has run workshops, facilitated projects, devised and directed plays, worked as a youth worker, a mentor and led directing materclasses for KS2-KS4, Post-16 and adults. She has worked for the Young Vic, Lyric Hammersmith, Unicorn Theatre, National Theatre, Company 3, the BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology, The Acting Studio, Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, and RADA.
Ola sits on the advisory board of Freelancers Make Theatre Work.