We have added a new Inspirational Role Model to the website, Maria Oshodi
The Extant Theatre Company was formed in 1997 and is based at Ovalhouse Theatre, London. Extant is Britain’s professional performing arts company of visually impaired people. Maria Oshodi is the company’s Artistic Director and CEO.
Extant are best known for producing and touring productions by visually impaired artists around the UK and internationally.
Maria Oshodi’s first play The S Bend was produced as part of the Royal Court Theatre’s Young Writers Festival in 1984, directed by David Sulkin, and later by Claire Grove at the Cockpit Theatre in 1985. More plays by Maria include
Blood, Sweat and Fears directed by Yvonne Brewster, From Choices to Chocolate directed by Kate Harwood, and Here Comes a
Candle directed by Paulette Randle, all touring nationally. Her plays have been published variously by Longmans, Metheuen and John Murray.
In 1992 she graduated from Middlesex University with a 1st BA honors in Drama and English. Since then she has worked in arts development, performed, and worked for BBC Drama production as a diversity project coordinator. Whilst studying for her degree, she wrote the screenplay Mug, which was produced by Warner Sisters as a short for Channel 4 in 1990, and Hound, produced by Graeae Theatre Company in 1992 and later published in 2002 in their anthology, Graeae Plays 1.