Lyrici Arts

Anthony Ekundayo Lennon

Anthony Ekundayo Lennon

Anthony has a brilliant gift, he can inspire enthusiasm, confidence and understanding in all aspects of theatre making. His passion is infectious and his open hearted manner makes him the perfect workshop leader
— Jo McInnes – Director
  Facing the Shakespeare fear and doing it anyway!   A fun and confidence boosting body of work that utilizes my experience of working at the Royal Shakespeare Company for two seasons. (the Mid-summer Mischief New Writing Festival held at the Other Place and also being assistant and resident director – Othello with Iqbal Khan. I’ve also co-directed material at Deafinately Theatre (Working with Paula Garfield) while exploring the text with deaf and hearing actors).

Facing the Shakespeare fear and doing it anyway!

A fun and confidence boosting body of work that utilizes my experience of working at the Royal Shakespeare Company for two seasons. (the Mid-summer Mischief New Writing Festival held at the Other Place and also being assistant and resident director – Othello with Iqbal Khan. I’ve also co-directed material at Deafinately Theatre (Working with Paula Garfield) while exploring the text with deaf and hearing actors).

  New writing    I love exploring the various texts that I can bring into a space – especially after my work as an assistant director on the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Midsummer Mischief programme of brand new works with Jo McInnes. I’ve also worked as a director on news writing at Theatre 503, Talawa Theatre (Flipping the Script and Talawa Firsts), Curve (Leicester) with Breakin’ Conventions and Soho Theatre (Writer’s Avenue). I’m always fascinated and intrigued with the multi-layered choices that an actor has on offer. This session is also open to writers who wish to see extracts of their work played by actors....examined and explored up on it’s feet.

New writing

I love exploring the various texts that I can bring into a space – especially after my work as an assistant director on the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Midsummer Mischief programme of brand new works with Jo McInnes. I’ve also worked as a director on news writing at Theatre 503, Talawa Theatre (Flipping the Script and Talawa Firsts), Curve (Leicester) with Breakin’ Conventions and Soho Theatre (Writer’s Avenue). I’m always fascinated and intrigued with the multi-layered choices that an actor has on offer. This session is also open to writers who wish to see extracts of their work played by actors....examined and explored up on it’s feet.

  Ensemble/devising   I’ve spent many years as both actor and director working with companies who create via devising. The two productions that I directed for Talawa Theatre Company (the UK’s leading Black theatre company) were created with devising and ensemble work being the heart of the work. (The productions were called Enter and Hatch for Talawa Young People’s Theatre – TYPT). I’ve also worked with Black Mime Theatre and continue to be one of the co-facilitators of new work being created every year at Sadler’s Wells Theatre for Breakin’ Conventions (Hip-Hop culture based forms of expression) Back to the Lab and Open Art Surgery programmes.

Ensemble/devising

I’ve spent many years as both actor and director working with companies who create via devising. The two productions that I directed for Talawa Theatre Company (the UK’s leading Black theatre company) were created with devising and ensemble work being the heart of the work. (The productions were called Enter and Hatch for Talawa Young People’s Theatre – TYPT). I’ve also worked with Black Mime Theatre and continue to be one of the co-facilitators of new work being created every year at Sadler’s Wells Theatre for Breakin’ Conventions (Hip-Hop culture based forms of expression) Back to the Lab and Open Art Surgery programmes.

It was a pleasure to have Anthony as my assistant director whilst I directed Othello at the Royal Shakespeare Company on the RST stage. His insights, energy and commitment to the company and myself were invaluable. He had an unfaltering command of respect from all of us throughout the whole rehearsal and staging process and the job he did whilst taking care of the main company and directing the understudy cast was excellently accomplished
— Iqbal Khan, Director of Othello – Royal Shakespeare Company
 
  Audition preparation    Focussed script work and confidence booting sessions for use for those about to audition for drama school or for those attending castings or meetings upon leaving training.

Audition preparation

Focussed script work and confidence booting sessions for use for those about to audition for drama school or for those attending castings or meetings upon leaving training.

  BAME focussed work    A session during which I share my personal story leading to the participants creating their own stories for presentation. Session content includes....My experience as an actor (including experience of playing Gene in the Pulitzer prize winning play Yellowman directed by Gemma Bodinetz (Liverpool & Everyman Playhouse UK tour), my role as assistant and resident director on the all-black cast production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Broadway to London west end transfer directed by Debbie Allen) featuring James Earl Jones, Adrian Lester, Phylicia Rashad, Sanaa Lathan and Nina Sosanya. My relationship and work with Talawa Theatre Company over the years (actor,  participation and learning facilitator and assistant director) and my roles as assistant and resident director at the Royal Shakespeare Company when they had, for the first time in RSC history, their first Black actor to play Iago (Lucian Msamati) with positively outstanding reactions and feedback from audiences and ‘critics’ alike.

BAME focussed work

A session during which I share my personal story leading to the participants creating their own stories for presentation. Session content includes....My experience as an actor (including experience of playing Gene in the Pulitzer prize winning play Yellowman directed by Gemma Bodinetz (Liverpool & Everyman Playhouse UK tour), my role as assistant and resident director on the all-black cast production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Broadway to London west end transfer directed by Debbie Allen) featuring James Earl Jones, Adrian Lester, Phylicia Rashad, Sanaa Lathan and Nina Sosanya. My relationship and work with Talawa Theatre Company over the years (actor,  participation and learning facilitator and assistant director) and my roles as assistant and resident director at the Royal Shakespeare Company when they had, for the first time in RSC history, their first Black actor to play Iago (Lucian Msamati) with positively outstanding reactions and feedback from audiences and ‘critics’ alike.

  Time-Out    A day long session for artists who wish to spend a few hours on creating some time, space and perspective in preparation for the remainder of the year. This workshop isn’t about having to prepare something to show at the end of the day, it’s about preparing your mind and heart for what you’re wishing and intending to deliver after leaving the session. I’ve run a similar day for Breakin’ Conventions ‘Higher Learning’ output and the feedback from everyone that attended was brilliant and inspiring. Session content includes drama exercises/games, movement, some reading, improvisation and group discussions related to the intent of the day.   I am regularly asked to deliver sessions for theatre companies, drama schools, colleges, schools, community centres, SEN sessions, youth offending groups (Feltham), private companies (training/team building) and also young people described as NEET so as to do self-reflection work and exercises that are aimed at clearing the way for disciplined, confident, optimistic and energised behaviour/study while focussing on personal aims in relation to career.

Time-Out

A day long session for artists who wish to spend a few hours on creating some time, space and perspective in preparation for the remainder of the year. This workshop isn’t about having to prepare something to show at the end of the day, it’s about preparing your mind and heart for what you’re wishing and intending to deliver after leaving the session. I’ve run a similar day for Breakin’ Conventions ‘Higher Learning’ output and the feedback from everyone that attended was brilliant and inspiring. Session content includes drama exercises/games, movement, some reading, improvisation and group discussions related to the intent of the day.
 
I am regularly asked to deliver sessions for theatre companies, drama schools, colleges, schools, community centres, SEN sessions, youth offending groups (Feltham), private companies (training/team building) and also young people described as NEET so as to do self-reflection work and exercises that are aimed at clearing the way for disciplined, confident, optimistic and energised behaviour/study while focussing on personal aims in relation to career.


I interviewed many potential experienced candidates for the position of assistant and resident director, but it was Anthony that struck a chord with me. His very professional, pulled -back nature, along with his sharp eye and brisling creative instincts let me know that he would be good with people and that he would carry on the artistic integrity of my work. I was right – I look forward to returning to London and working in the West End. Anthony will be one of the first calls I make.
— Debbie Allen – Director of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof – Novello Theatre