Alum wins Black British Theatre Award 2019Thu 31 October 2019
Movement director Shelley Maxwell named Best Choreographer
Honouring black performers and creative talent in British theatre, the inaugural Black British Theatre Awards took place on 27 October at the Old Finsbury Town Hall in London, where alum Shelley Maxwell was awarded Best Choreographer for her work on Equus, a co-production by Theatre Royal Stratford East and English Touring Theatre.
Jamaican-born Shelley, who completed her Masters in Choreography at Trinity Laban in 2007, commented –
“I am honoured and humbled to receive this recognition amongst a pool of such talented peers. The establishment of the British Black Theatre Awards is, in itself, a cause for monumentous celebration.”
Shelley’s work on the production has also been nominated for Best Choreography of a New Production of a Play or Musical at the BroadwayWorld UK Awards 2019. Read The Stage’s recent interview with Shelley for insight into the production, which transferred to Trafalgar Studios in London’s West End for a nine-week run this summer.
Also shortlisted at the Black British Theatre Awards was internationally respected jazz choreographer, theatre director and educationalist Dollie Henry, a teacher in our Musical Theatre Department.
The awards were set up to raise the profile of the impact of black Britons on the country’s artistic industry.
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Image: Shelley Maxwell (credit: Jack Thomson)