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Elaigwu Ameh

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Elaigwu Ameh is a doctoral student in the Department of Performing and Media Arts at Cornell University. He holds a BA in Philosophy from Arrupe College, University of Zimbabwe, where he was a recipient of the Arrupe College Book Prize for graduating with a First Class. Also, he holds an MA in Development Communication from the Department of Theatre and Performing Arts of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He is a recipient of a number of grants, including HASTAC fellowship, Sage Fellowship and the Engaged Graduate Student Grant. His publications include plays, poems, short stories, social commentaries, and academic essays. His short story, “Vagina Protest,” won the 2010 Centre for Human Development/Ford Foundation Writing Competition (prose category), while his climate change–centred play, Climate of Change, emerged third in the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) 2011 drama contest. The play also got a production grant from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Federal Ministry of Environment, Nigeria. 

As the Founder and Artistic Director of Theatre for Concerted Change Initiative, Elaigwu has also been actively involved in development-oriented projects that employ theatre and performance as a crucial laboratory for promoting positive change in society, especially in communities at the margins. His research interests cut across human displacement, climate change, gender studies, dramatic literature, performance theory and theatre for social change. Specifically, his research explores, modifies, and problematizes the argument that theatre for social change provides marginalised people with an effective space and tool to examine their realities, express their feelings, reframe their perceptions, and articulate their issues with a view to emancipating themselves and transforming their environment.