The news of the new appointments comes as the company gears up its 2021 plans and 35th anniversary celebrations.

Elaine Banton

The Talawa Theatre company have announced an enhanced senior leadership team as it prepares for its 35th anniversary.

It has been confirmed that Carolyn ML Forsyth joins Talawa Theatre Company as Executive Director and Joint CEO, while Elaine Banton is announced as Chair of Trustees, having joined the company earlier this year.

The company’s Artistic Director Michael Buffong said: “I have been working with Elaine for a few months now, and look forward to the partnership with Carolyn. These two powerful new appointments perfectly complement our team, and will propel Talawa into its exciting 35th year anniversary year and beyond.”

In her role, Carolyn ML Forsyth, Talawa Theatre Company’s Executive Director and Joint CEO, will work alongside Artistic Director and CEO, Michael Buffong. During her career, she has worked in senior roles within theatre, young people’s work, outdoor site-specific shows, as well as UK and
International touring and festivals.

Meanwhile, Elaine Banton has been announced as the Chair of Trustees, having joined the company earlier this year. She is a highly motivated employment, equalities and human rights barrister, speaker and writer. Called to the Bar and practising since 1996, with a number of reported cases, Elaine represents both Claimants and Respondents in long running
multi-strand discrimination matters and advises public bodies on high level strategic/policy matters such as the TUPE consequences of various contracting arrangements and equality issues such as equal pay/harmonisation. In 2009 she was named a ‘Pro Bono Hero for 2009′ by the Attorney General’s Office. Elaine was also a Barrister of the Year Finalist of the First 100 Years, Inspirational Women of the Year
Awards 2019.

The Talawa Theatre Company is one of the best known Black Theatre Companies in the UK. It has established itself by promoting the work of Black artists. Productions it has helped to produce include Superhoe by Nicole Lecky at the Royal Court Theatre and Guys & Dolls at the Royal Exchange.

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