Born in Lagos, Nigeria, I moved to Katy, Texas at the age of fourteen and auditioned for my first play because my mom was late picking me up from school one day. I got cast in the pivotal role of "Hotel Clerk" in Douglas Carter Beane's As Bees In Honey Drown and have never looked back.


After studying English, Economics and Plan II at the University of Texas - Austin, I braved the frozen cornfields of the mid-west to earn an MFA in Acting from Northern Illinois University.


Upon graduating, I moved to sometimes-sunny San Francisco, where I've performed in a variety of venues--from historical musical revues (Beach Blanket Babylon) to local parks (with the San Francisco Mime Troupe) to museums (The DeYoung) to reknowned regional theatres (American Conservatory TheatreCal Shakes, Marin Theatre Company, Magic Theatre) to treasured local companies (Black Artists Contemporary Cultural Experience) and the occasional nightclub.

In recent years I've gotten to perform across the nation and Off Broadway with companies like Yale Repertory Theatre and Playwrights Horizons.


My solo play, Homeless, won Best Solo Performance at the SF Fringe Festival, and my latest solo, Type/Caste, received the Theatre Bay Area award for Outstanding Solo Production.


In 2018 I wrote the musical Seeing Red, with Joan Holden and Ira Marlowe, which was produced by the Tony Award-winning San Francisco Mime Troupe and toured Northern California in the summer of 2018.


I directed the world premiere of Cleavon Smith's VS. at TheatreFIRST, write articles for Theatre Bay Area , and teach theatre at the college and high school level with institutions like Middlebury College, Southern Illinois University, San Francisco Shakespeare Company, Each One Reach One, Word for Word, and the SF Mime Troupe, where I am a Collective Member.


Photo credit: Aleksander Dragicevic

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