Zodwa Nyoni – Artistic Associate

Zodwa is a playwright and poet based in Leeds.   As winner of the Channel 4 Playwright’s Scheme she was Writer-in-Residence at the West Yorkshire Playhouse.  She has previously been Apprentice Poet-in-Residence at Ilkely Literature Festival (2013), Leeds Kirkgate Market (2012) and Writer-in-Residence at I Love West Leeds Festival (2010).  She is currently  under commission at The Tricycle Theatre and Theatre Royal Stratford East.

Work includes: Ode to Leeds (West Yorkshire Playhouse),  Weathered Estates (City of Culture 2017/Hull University); Borderline  (Young Vic ‘5 Plays’ season); Sister (Ilkley &  Beverley Literature Festivals);  Love Again (Sonnet in the City, BBC Radio 3);  Phone Home (Upstart, Pathos München, Highway Productions, Athens); Nine Lives (Leeds Studio – UK Tour, Oran Mor & West Yorkshire Playhouse); Boi Boi Is Dead  (a finalist for the 2015 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize West Yorkshire Playhouse, Tiata Fahodzi & Watford Palace Theatre); A Letter To You (Manchester Royal Exchange); Tangled Roots (Trinity Arts & DePaul University, Chicago); Come to Where I’m From (Paines Plough, Drum Theatre, Plymouth and WYP);  The Night Shift (Young Writers’ Scheme,  WYP / BBC Writer’s Room) and The Povo Die Till Freedom Comes (Square Chapel & The Bush Theatre)