Women in the Traditional Yoruba Travelling Theatre in Nigeria, 1940 to 1990


African Humanities Program Postdoctoral Fellowships


Theatre and Film Studies


This project investigates and documents the contributions of women in the Traditional Yoruba Travelling Theatre movement whose works have either received scant attention or have been completely ignored. The women to be studied include some notable theatre company founders as well as notable female members of male theatre companies.The study reveals how these women were able to achieve success in an age when it was almost a taboo for women to be involved in the expressive art of theatre, enriching Nigerian theatre history and expanding theatre, performance, and women’s studies.