Ola Animashawun is an Associate Director at the Royal Court Theatre and created the Royal Court Theatre’s influential young writers programme.

Ola has 25 years of experience of working in theatre, with 15 years specialist experience in the field of play writing workshops and script development.

He is an Associate Director of the Royal Court Theatre, previously described by the New York Times as the most important theatre in Europe because of its work with new playwrights. Ola was the founder of the Royal Court’s famous Young Writers Programme. Further to directing it for 10 years, he currently leads two of the three introductory writing courses offered by the Royal Court Studio, alongside programmes in Brighton, Birmingham and Coventry.

“Ola Animashawun is blessed of a wisdom that arrives like happiness itself. You cannot help but be inspired and delighted that you are in his company, and that he is talking to YOU about YOUR PLAY. I learnt a great deal from Ola’s belief in the transforming power of theatre. His ability to motivate writers and get them believing in the power of their own voice is a truly gorgeous thing. He has been the Royal Court’s secret weapon for years.” Jeanie O’Hare, Literary Manager, Royal Shakespeare Company

Formerly Artistic Associate of the Everyman Theatre in Cheltenham, Ola’s other roles include radio presenter, script editor/advisor and outdoor theatre producer.