Staff Profile: Topher Campbell

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Summary

  • Topher Campbell

  • Position:

    Programme Director of MA/MFA Collaborative Theatre Making

  • Teaching Area:

    Collaborative Theatre Making


Bio

Topher Campbell's  20+ year output spans broadcasting, theatre, performance, writing, experimental film and site-specific work. His focus has been on sexuality, masculinity, race, human rights, memoir and climate change. Alumni of the Regional Theatre Young Directors Scheme.

Topher has directed numerous productions in the UK. Between 2007 and 2015 he was artistic Director and CEO of The Redroom Theatre and Film Company. In 2005 he was awarded the Jerwood Directors Award and was nominated for 2011 What’s On Stage Theatre Event of the Year Award. The later for the ground-breaking ecology project The Jellyfish Theatre. In 2017 he was Longlisted for the inaugural Spread the Word Life Writing Prize for his forthcoming memoir Battyman.  In 2000 he co-founded rukus! Federation a Black Queer arts collective with photographer Ajamu X.

This culminated in the internationally recognised rukus! Archive currently held in the London Metropolitan Archives. The rukus! Archive won the 2008 Landmark Archive Award. His films have appeared in festivals worldwide including his first film The Homecoming a meditation on art masculinity and sexuality, featuring commentary by Stuart Hall, now available to view on BFI player. His latest film FETISH, a collaboration with 2014  Mercury Music Prize Winner, Young Fahers is shot on the streets of New York. It was premiered at the Barbican Centre, London, Official Selection for the 2018 Aesthetica Short Film Festival and 2018 Scottish Queer International Film Festival. It was also a featured presentation at OOPS Festival Copenhagen and The British School in Rome in Rome, Italy.

Topher is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Patron of Switchboard and in 2017 was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Sussex, Brighton, England.