SoulPROductions has been instrumental in fostering the growth of young, talented NYC artists. I personally could not have gotten this far without SoulPROductions' support. They believed in the work first and they nurtured the talent. To be believed in, is a crucial step in development. To be challenged is the next. SoulPROductions provided both. Remember that they are always looking out for fresh new talent so take a gander here and feel your SoulRise!
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Workshop Production of a new Ufot Cycle Play commissioned by the National Black Theater.
Mfoniso will be a resident writer with OMI International Art Center!
June 2014 (TBA)
runboyrun will be read as part of terraNOVA Collective' Groundworks Series; directed by Awoye Timpo.
June 16, 2014
SOJOURNERS will be read as part of Magic Theatre's Virgn Play Series; directed by Ryan Purcell. More info TBA.
Mfoniso will be a resident writer with The Working Farm (Spaces on Ryder Farm)
Mfoniso is a resident writer with terraNOVAs Groundbreakers Writers Lab
March 27 & 28, 2014
American Nightcap presents:
Punch Drunk: plays on violence by Kara Lee Corthron, Teddy Nicholas, Mfoniso Udofia, Ilana Peña and Jaime Wright.
Udofia's play, insideOUTSIDE, is the story of Black bodies residing in New York's backyard.....Newark, NJ. Featuring Celli Pitt and Alex Ubokudom. Directed by Axel Avin Jr.
500 W. 52 Street
Fall 2013- Spring 2014
Makehose Sponsoed Artst. Mfoniso will be a resident artst with Makehose receiving supprt to compete hr play, ruboyrun.
Mfoniso will be working with Page73 & attending their Summer Residency at Yale..
Mfoniso's play, Sojourners, is headed to the Sundance Theatre Lab and will be directed by Jo Bonney.
June 23, 2013
Come out and see the short play, Walking Out. This play will be presented as part of the Working Theater's Directors Salon.
Featuring Playwrights: Keith Josef Adkins, Chad Beckim, Michael Lew, Halley Feiffer, Cándido Tirado, Mfoniso Udofia, and Alladin Ullah
Working Directors Salon
June Havoc Theatre
312 W 36th St
May 14, 2013
Come out and see the second play in the series! Playwrights Realm will be producing the first public reading of, Sojourners, in their annual INK'd Festival!
Directed by: Victor Maog
Featuring: Maechi Aharanwa, Segun Akande, Sekou Laidlow and Lakisha May
The Studio Theatre
The Pershing Square Signature Center
480 West 42nd Street
May 1, 2013
Come out and see the third play in the series! Rising Circle's INKTank will be producing the first public reading of, runboyrun!
Directed by: Erin Michelle Washington
Featuring: Maechi Aharanwa, Ebbe Bassey, Khadim Diop, Chris Ekawu, P.J. Johnnie, Jadele McPherson, Keith Oliver and Maduka Steady
520 8th Avenue
April 5, 2013
Come out and see Mfoniso give a lecture at the African and Diasporic Religious Studies Association's Inaugural Conference presented at Harvard College. The conference centers on" African and Diasporic Religions: Divine Space and Sacred
Feauturing: Maya James, Jadele McPherson, Mfoniso Udofia and Lukumi Arts
Harvard University | Boylston Hall - Fong Auditorium
October 11, 2012
Ms. Udofia is a New Black Fest Fellow! With this award she will workshop her 2nd trilogy play, Sojourners, and it will be presented in The New Black Fest's Fall Festival!
Directed by: Anton Floyd
Featuring: Itohan Aghayere, Axel Avin Jr., Lakisha May and Erwin E.A. Thomas
Mark Morris Dance Center
3 Lafayette Avenue,
Fort Greene, Brooklyn.
Check back for info about RSVPing
August 7, 2012
Culture Project: IMPACT 2012,
Play-in-a-Day: The War on Women
12 Playwrights, 12 Directors and a slew of actors write, rehearse and perform new plays!
Featuring Mfoniso Udofia and her new play "Return Home"
45 Bleecker Street, New York, New York 10012
7pm/ pay what you can
August 4, 2012
Museum of the African Diaspora's Artist Initiative
San Francisco, CA
Presents The Grove
Information: MoAD Salon 2nd Floor, 5pm
Produced by : Soul Productions (Erin Washington)/ Itoro Udofia
Dramaturgy: Kevin Becerra
Directed By/Playwright: Mfoniso Udofia
Featuring: Omoze Idehenre, Michael Asberry, Clara Kamunde, Anna Ishida, Aaron Moreland, Chelsea Lyons, Marcus Henderson and Tyee Tilghman
June 18, 2012
THE ACTRESS AT WORK
Lynette R Freeman in
Christopher Hampton's LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES
Directed by: Mfoniso Udofia
Amen Igbinosun, Axel Alvin Jr., Heather Alicia Simms, Lakisha May, Myxolydia Tyler, Nahassaiu Desgainnes, Saycon Sengbloh, Segun Akande and more to come
7pm, Monday June 18, 2012
Poet's Den Theater
309 East 108th Street (near 2nd Avenue)
LITERARY P(ARTS) NO. 2
Guest Graphics Writer: Jinjin Sun
Playwrights: Mia Chung, Sarah Einspanier, Shaun Neblett, & Christin Siems
Actors: Michael Propster, Mfoniso Udofia, Lesley Shires, Micah Stock, Tiffany Nichole Greene, David Hudson, Jiehae Park, Ian Axness, John Stanesco, Domenica Fossati and Kaitlyn Raitz
Composer: Lucas Segall
direction by Vichet Chum & Jenna Panther
Sunday, June 17th, 2012, 8:00 pm $10 at the door
BILLY & COMPANY (billy & CO.) is proud to present its second installment of LITERARY P(ARTS): Literary P(Arts) no. 2.
Literary P(Arts) re-imagines the literary salon as a multi-disciplinary reading that pools together a guest writer, playwrights, and a composer to create vibrant new work, which is then premiered for an audience in North Brooklyn.
June 11,12, 18, 19, 25 and 26, 2012
Jefferson County Committee for Economic Opportunity’s Yes Ambassadors 2012 Presents:
By: Mfoniso Udofia
Where: Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame
Birmingham, AL 35023
The JJCEO Yes Ambassadors is a theatrical troupe that performs socially-enlightening messages for the community. LILYVINE focuses on how we as a culture discriminate and divide ourselves into the have and have-nots of society. This edgy play examines the possibilities of what would happen if a town were run by kids. There will be acting, singing and dancing.
May 17-20, 2012
MAKEHOUSE Writer's Retreast.
Ms. Udofia was accepted into and will attend the MAKEHOUSE Retreat at the Junek Family Lakehouse. While there she will take an intensive looks at, Sojourners, the 2nd play in The Ufot Family Trilogy
Forgotten Roots Theatre
featuring, hunger, by Mfoniso Udofia
First Annual 10 Minute Play Festival
THE RUBY at THE COMPLEX
6476 Santa Monica Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90038
Doors open at 7:30 PM
$10 General Admission
May 18, 2012
Come on out for a Sneak Peek of:
The Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center
3940 Broadway @ 165th Street (
Suggested Donation: $10.00 (cash)
Obie Award Winner, Nilaja Sun with Aramide Ferguson, Larry Floyd, Lynnette Freeman, Shane Taylor, and Shayshahn Taylor
directed by Melissa Maxwell
Excerpts of writings by:
Keith Adkins, Dennis Allen II, Joshua Allen, Radha Blank, Michael Bradford, Kara Corthron, Kia Corthron, Herman Farrell III, Cassandra Medley, Yusef Miller, Dominique Morisseau, Glen Gordon Nsangou, PetroniaPaley, Harrison Rivers, Nikkole Salter, Judy Tate, Cori Thomas, Mfoniso Udofia and Shawn René Graham (dramaturge)
March 30, 2012
New Georges Trunk Show:
Where our innovative and irreverent artists whip out new pieces from the ol' trunk.
Cornelia Street Cafe
29 Cornelia Street
Friday, March 30, 2012.
6:00pm until 7:00pm.
15 bucks for a ticket and a drink!
Featuring the works of:
LaShea Delaney & Pirronne Yousefzadeh
Mary Elizabeth Hamilton
Mfoniso Udofia & Julie Kramer
March 25, 2012
Women Center Stage and The Culture Project- WCS Festival Present:
The 1st Generation Nigeria Project
Written and Performed by Jennifer Adaku Akabue, Ngozi Anyanwu, Joy Notoma, Yvonne Orji, and Mfoniso Udofia
Directed by John Gould Rubin
Created by 5 Nigerian-American writer/performers, this collaborative work-in-progress tells a quintessentially American story—that of the immigrant—from the unique perspective of 21st century women. Born out of true stories and rich conversation, the artists wrestle with their joint tugs of loyalty, identity, and culture as Africans and Americans through storytelling, song, dance and multimedia.
Kamilah Forbes, Dramaturg
Jennifer Adaku Akabue, Choreographer
Ngozi Anyanwu, Artistic Director
Erin Cherry, Executive Director
Jeremy T. King, Kaleta, Ola Ogunkoya, Drummers
Chinyere J. Anyanwu, Marketing Producer
Sunday, March 25 at 7pm
The Living Theatre
21 Clinton Street
March 22, 2012
InkSlingers and The New Black Fest Present:
Featuring work by:
Kevin R. Free, Glenn Gordon, Dominique Morisseau, Greg Tate, and Mfoniso Udofia!
Where: Happy Ending
302 Broome Street (between Forsyth and Eldridge)
Doors open at 7:30
[untitled] is a series dedicated to the start of things. Those murky moments where a play, song, or story takes hold of you and says "write me". The fourth Thursday of every month InkSlingers takes over Happy Ending from 8-10 and gives you an inside look at the creative process. Five artists will present their own work in their own voices.
February 13, 2012
The Standard Collective Presents:
A public reading of The Grove
Written by Mfoniso Udofia
Directed by Erin Daley
February 13th, 2012
244 West 54th Street 12th Floor
Willie Teacher, Dawn-Elin Fraser, Maechi Aharanwa, Nikiya Mathis, Segun Akande, Erwin E.A. Thomas, Marissa Duchowny, Patrick Mitchell and Frank Ugochukwu
Come join us as we share this exciting new work. Their will be a pre-show wine and cheese reception starting at 7:30 PM to kick things off and a talk back with the writer, director and cast afterwards. The cost is FREE, but donations are always accepted to help support our programs.
August 14, 2011
Reading of Hunger
Harlem9 presents 48 hours in Harlem
Harlem School of the Arts
645 St. Nicholas Avenue
New York, NY
6 playwrights are offered 6 classic, provocative plays. They are challenged to re-conceive these classics into a ten-minute format. 6 savvy directors and 18 accomplished actors will bring these raw impressions to life, all in a weekend, to be performed on Sunday evening.
Playwrights: Keith Josef Adkins, Harrison David Rivers, Dominique
Morriseau, Derek Lee McPhatter, Ayanna Maia, and Mfoniso Udofia
Hunger features: Charles Browning, Gillian Glasco and Gerard Joseph
Directed By: Melissa Maxwell
August 10, 2011
The Ladies of the 1st Generation Nigerian Project perform at the New Voices in Theater Festival. Come and check out the new work the ladies have written.
Featuring: Ngozi Anyanwu, Yvonne Orji, Jennifer Akabue and
Directed By: John Gould Rubin
Wednesday, August 10 · 6:30pm - 10:00pm
The South Oxford Space
138 South Oxford Street (The Great Room)
August 8, 2011
Reading of Sojourners
Hudson Guild Community Center
441 West 26th Street
New York, NY
Cast includes: Maechi Aharanwa, Axel Avin Jr., Byron Bronson, and Erin Washington
Choreographer: Jennifer Akabue
Directors: Mfoniso Udofia and Weston Wilson
June 16-17, 2011
LOCKDOWN is the urban response to The Breakfast Club. A group of teenagers become unruly after being locked in the Chelsea Rec Center for 108 hours 45 minutes 13 seconds 14 seconds 15 seconds....
Come join us as this talented group explores stereotypes and themselves.
Featuring: Luw Luw Hughes, Juwan Stone, Kylah Bruno, Kenya Muhammad, Neftaly Garcia, Jennifer Jones, Hyisheem Calier and Antonio Capellan
Directed By: Erin Washington
Choreographed By: Laura Pedone
Hudson Guild Presents
June 16th and 17th 7:00 PM
Hudson Guild Theater
441 West 26th street NY, NY (BTW 9th & 10th aves)
June 5, 2011
Reading of Sherman A.Black.Comedy.
Get your literary fix this Sunday, June 5 in the Harvest Room at Brooklyn Winery while sipping wine or beer from our diverse drink menu! Were proud to host billy & Co. that evening for the first installment of their Literary P(arts) series. This cross-collaborative event will set you back a mere $5 for two hours of intellectually stimulating entertainment provided by guest writers, playwrights, and musicians.
Literary P(arts) No. 1 will include music from Year of the Tiger, readings of short plays by playwrights Mfoniso Udofia, Christin Siems, Charise Greene, and Sam Byron, and a special essay reading by Huffington Post comedy writer Ross Luippold.
Sherman features: Axel Avin Jr., Amanda Sykes and Erin Washington
Details: Sunday, June 5 from 6:00 to 8:00pm
$5 per person at the door
21 and up
May 9-25, 2011
Filming the Feature Film
Featuring: Elliot Gould, Stephanie Roth Haberle, Fred Melamed, Judith Roberts and Mfoniso Udofia
Directed By: Richard Ledes
For more information visit here
April 11, 2011
Reading of The Grove
At Hand Theatre Compant and SOUL PROductions present a reading of Mfoniso Udofia's new play! Come one and come all!
The cast includes: Maechi Aharanwa, Axel Avin Jr., Scout Durwood, Dawn-Elin Fraser, Stephen Malloy, Jamil Mangan, Nikiya Mathis and Juwan Stone
244 West 54th Street
April 11, 2011
April 4, 2011
THE NEW BLACK FEST
with guest curators Judy Tate and Godfrey Simmons
in association with 651 ARTS presents:
Written by Zakiyyah Alexander
Featuring Rory Lipede, Ashley Bryant, Mfoniso Udofia and Megan Tusing
Its been two years since slavery was abolished and three recently freed slavegirls, stuck in the big house, play the only game they know: history. But what happens when the game turns sticky sweet and deadly?
Mark Morris Dance Center 3 Lafayette Aveneue, Fort Greene, Brooklyn
Monday, April 4, 2011 @ 7 pm
(Post Show Conversation: Tiny Rebellions)
January 28, 2011
Private Workshop reading of Sojourners produced by SOUL PROductions.
November 14, 2010
Reading of the Grove
SOUL PROductions and Liberation Theatre Company would like to invite you to a staged reading of Mfoniso Udofia's, The Grove, directed by Sandra Daley.
The Cast includes: Axel Avin Jr., Anton Floyd, Dawn-Elin Fraser, Lakisha Michelle May, Janelle Mims, Liz Sklar, Erwin E.A. Thomas and Alex Ubokudom
137 West 14th Street
May 6-22, 2010
Children of Eden
WINNER 2010 NY IT AWARDS Outstanding Production of a Musical, Outstanding Set Design
Stephen Schwartz (Wicked) and John Cairds (Les Misérables) Children of Eden is an inspirational musical about forgiveness. Loosely based on the story of Genesis, this frank, heartfelt, and often humorous examination of the timeless conflict between parents and children has been presented across the world since its London premiere in 1991. At the Astoria Performing Arts Center the act of telling this grand and epic story will be accomplished with a sense of theatrical wonder, creativity and innovation that will capture the imagination of audiences of all ages.
Charissa Bertels*, Stacie Bono*, Phillip Deyesso*, Stephen Gelpi*, Jonathan Gregg*, Kyle Hines, Zekari Jackson, Terrence Oliver, Shad Olsen*, Allyson Pace, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Daniel Henri Luttway, Rachel Rhodes-Devey, Kelly Scanlon*, Alan Shaw*, Joseph Spieldenner*, Mfoniso Udofia *, Erin Michelle Washington*, James Zannelli*
Director: Tom Wojtunik