Actor and director Josette Bushell-Mingo has been hired as Associate Professor and Head of Theatre at SKH.
Josette Bushell-Mingo has worked for 35 years as artistic director, actor and freelance director in the UK, Sweden and other countries. Since 2005, she has been the artistic director at Riksteatern’s Tyst theater – performing arts in sign language. She is also a visiting professor at Coventry University in the UK since 2017 and is associated with Liverpool Unity Theater and Keswick Theater UK as a stage artist and director.
Focus on strategic development
At the Department of Acting at Stockholm Art University, actors and actresses are trained for professional activities in theater, film, radio and television. As head of department and head of the department, Bushell-Mingo will, among other things, drive the strategic development of the department’s education and research.
- I am delighted to be part of Stockholm’s University Of The Arts and hope to add even more inspiration and new perspectives. I have a passion for actors and their processes and I want to be part of developing SKH into an even more inclusive, versatile, politically and artistically challenging arena for artistic knowledge”, she says.
Paula Crabtree, Rector of Stockholm’s University Of The Arts looks forward to a rewarding collaboration.
- I am very pleased that Josette Bushell-Mingo is now Head of the Theatre Department at Stockholm’s University Of The Arts. Her long and vast experience as an actor, director and artistic leader will contribute to the development of both the department and the entire University.
Growing up in London
Josette Bushell-Mingo was raised in London and educated at the Barking College of Technology in film, literature, theater and scenography. As a director, she has put on a number of performances. Examples include the FAME show and Bernarda’s House at Quiet Theater, 24 hours Black Woman and Raisin in the Sun at National Theatre in Sweden and Cabaret at Norbottensteatern. Other directing assignments include the world premiere of Margret Atwood’s The Penelopiad with The Royal Shakespeare Company and The Tempest in Toronto, Canada.
As an actress, she has worked for The Royal Shakespeare Company, The Royal National Theater and The Manchester Royal Exchange. Bushell-Mingo recently toured with the one-woman show NINA – A story about me and Nina Simone. She has also worked as a teacher at a number of theater schools in Sweden, the United States, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
Award-winning director and actor
Bushell-Mingo has been awarded a number of prestigious international awards. Among other, she has been nominated for the prestigious Olivier Award for her role in The Lion King. Josette Bushell-Mingo has three times won The Theatre Award for Best Actress. She has also received OBE – Order of the British Empire from Queen Elisabeth II.
In Sweden, Bushell-Mingo was awarded the Stockholm City Cultural Prize 2012, where she received the honorary award in the category performing arts, the Swedish Language Council’s minority language award in 2012 and the Swedish Deaf’s National Association’s award 2013. This year she was also awarded the Gannevik scholarship. She has also served on the board of the Swedish Film Institute and chaired CinemAfrica, Sweden’s largest African film festival.
Josette Bushell-Mingo was one of the founders of the organization TRYCK, a member association for cultural workers from the African diaspora operating in Sweden. The association wants to show the diversity of cultural workers who are among them.
Josette Bushell-Mingo will take up the post of Head of Department after the summer. She succeeds actor and director Simon Norrthon.