Our Associate Artist programme is a means by which The Civic seeks to actively support the professional and personal development of an artist over the long term whilst also encouraging and empowering the artist to enrich the creative culture of The Civic.

Get to know each of our associates in a series of blogs over the coming weeks.

Meet Esosa Ighodaro

Esosa is a British/Nigerian/Irish writer, director, and performer. She makes work for screen and stage. She is a Warner Discovery Scholar and an alumnus of X-Pollinator ELEVATOR, Baptiste Programme and The Writer’s Lab UK & Ireland. Her award-winning film work has been screened at film festivals across Ireland, US and Southern Africa. As well as having TV and film projects in development, Esosa continues to work with Irish theatres developing new work.

Her farce, DOWN WITH JAZZ received Arts Council Theatre Project Award funding in 2022 and has been selected for Screen Ireland’s Stage Spotlight Stage to Screen award. Her play, LET ME IN, was developed through Smock Alley’s Rachel Baptiste programme in 2022, and is currently being developed with The Everyman Theatre, Cork.

Esosa is currently developing TV projects with Deadpan Pictures and TriMoon Pictures. As a vocalist, Esosa works in a wide range of styles, in particular earning acclaim for her soulful renditions of traditional Irish music – soul ceol! She recorded her debut album “You Won’t Believe It” after touring extensively as a solo artist as well as a guest and backing

Her work aims to highlight black talent and tell more varied stories of black experiences.According to Esosa “I am particularly interested in this idea of what a Black Irish identity is – and feel like Tallaght and the Civic could be a great place to explore this. I am keen to encourage the creation of a larger body of work from Black Irish people. I’d love to get more people writing and thinking about what sorts of stories they want to tell of themselves and guide them through the process and possibilities”.

For More Info on our Associate Artists, see HERE