Executive Team


Moji Kareem

Founder and Artistic Director

an award-winning theatre director and workshop facilitator of Nigerian descent. She is the Founder and Artistic Director of Utopia Theatre Company. Moji Kareem is passionate about the growth and development of ethnic minorities in the theatre industry. Read More


Ayo Oyebade


An award winning Accountant (Ambassador Award at Best of Nigeria 2011 Awards). Ayo Oyebade specialises in the entertainment industry, with over 25 years experience in accounting and Finance.

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Dr Max Farrar

Chairman: Board of Trustees

a cultural sociologist, An Emeritus Professor, freelance consultant, volunteer, holiday-maker and active grand-dad.

As a volunteer, he is secretary to the Board of the David Oluwale Memorial Association charity in Leeds, known as RememberOluwale. He is also on the Board of Together for Peace, based in Leeds, and UK Friends of Abrahams Path, based in the UK but with international links. I’m on the committee for the discussion group (again in Leeds) called Taking Soundings. I helped set up and continue to support the hub site LeedsforChange.


Anamaria Wills


An award-winning practitioner with over 30 years’ experience working in the creative sector including at the National Theatre, the Old Vic and the Arts Council. 

She specialises in creative entrepreneurship, collaboration, innovation, organisational development, strategic planning, export and marketing.

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Patricia Cumper

Patricia Cumper is a playwright and artistic producer who has written for theatre and radio for more than twenty years. She was the former Artistic Director and CEO of Talawa, the UK’s largest Black British Theatre Company. She has also won awards for her writing for radio. Her passion is bringing diverse stories and artists from the margins to the mainstream. She was recently awarded an MBE for her services to Black British theatre.

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Bookey Oshin

Bookey Oshin is an accountant and the Finance & Resources Director at Sheffield Theatres, one of the country’s leading theatres, Sheffield Theatres is home to the world-famous Crucible, the W R G Sprague built Lyceum, and the multi-format Studio.


Shanaz Gulzar


Shanaz is a digital and installation artist and stage designer, working across disciplines to make innovative and challenging interventions.