Aku Kadogo is an international theatre director, choreographer,
educator and creative producer of cultural arts projects. This
multi-faceted artist directs highly energetic, imaginative
theatre works and has produced a number of collaborative
inter-disciplinary projects. Her eclectic career has spanned
across the United States, Australia, Europe and Asia.
She is the Chair of the Department of Theatre and Performance
at Spelman College after having served as Distinguished
Visiting Professor in 2014.
Recently she served on the Music/Theatre Faculty at Yongin
University in Seoul, S. Korea where she lectured and directed
productions for the university and the wider professional
theatre community. Prior to that she was the Director of the
Black Theatre Program at Wayne State University in Detroit,
Michigan. Directing many works from the African American
canon, this was an exciting time for her to revisit works such as
Langston Hughes' Black Nativity, Ruby Dee's Zora is My Name
and August Wilson's Joe Turner has Come and Gone. She also
directed newer works such as Djanet Sears' The Adventures of a
Black Girl in Search of God; Will Power's Flow and In the Red
and Brown Water by Tarell Alvin McCraney. She has
collaborated on original works with writers Chris Tysh author of
Night Scales and Bill Harris' Booker T and Them for Art X
Detroit. She has been an Associate Choreographer on the Tony
Award winning show RENT, touring Australia, China and the
United States. As a performer she has worked in film, television
and stage making her career debut in the original Broadway
classic of For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When
the Rainbow is Enuf by Ntozake Shange.
Having worked extensively as a Performer/Choreographer/
Director in Australia she has collaborated with artists such as
Elena Kats Chernin, Stephen Page, Robyn Archer, Juno Gemes,
Nigel Westlake, Roger Rynd and Colin Offord to name a few.
Aku devised and directed Ochre & Dust with Anangu
storytellers for the Perth and Adelaide International Theatre
festivals. She has an ongoing relationship with NAISDA Dance
College where she is a regular visiting Guest Artist.
She seved as an original member of the Programming
Committee for the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit
(MOCAD) from 2006 - 2010.