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Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou is an American author and poet. She has published seven autobiographies, five books of essays, and several books of poetry, and is credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning more than fifty years. She has received dozens of awards and over thirty honorary doctoral degrees. Angelou is best known for her series of autobiographies, which focus on her childhood and early adult experiences. The first, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, tells of her life up to the age of seventeen, and brought her international recognition and acclaim.
Angelou's list of occupations includes pimp, prostitute, night-club dancer and performer, castmember of the opera Porgy and Bess, coordinator for Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Southern Christian Leadership Conference, author, journalist in Egypt and Ghana during the days of decolonization, and actor, writer, director, and producer of plays, movies, and public television programs. Since 1982, she has taught at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where she holds the first lifetime Reynolds Professorship of American Studies. She was active in the Civil Rights movement, and worked with both Martin Luther King and Malcolm X. Since the 1990s she has made around eighty appearances a year on the lecture circuit, something she continued into her eighties. In 1993, Angelou recited her poem "On the Pulse of Morning" at President Bill Clinton's inauguration, the first poet to make an inaugural recitation since Robert Frost at John F. Kennedy's inauguration in 1961.

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Maya Angelou is preparing for

  • Jersey Boys - Keys

    20:15, Sun 14th June 2020 at Royal Opera House, London

    Jersey Boys is a jukebox musical with music by Bob Gaudio, lyrics by Bob Crewe, and book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice. It is presented in a documentary-style format that dramatizes the formation,…

  • Wicked - Director

    23:30, Thu 30th July 2020 - Mon 3rd August 2020 at Chichester Festival Theatre
    20:30, Thu 6th August 2020 - Mon 10th August 2020 at Chichester Festival Theatre
    21:00, Thu 13th August 2020 - Mon 17th August 2020 at Chichester Festival Theatre

    Wicked is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and a book by Winnie Holzman. It is based on the 1995 Gregory Maguire novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, a…

  • The Sound of Music - Sister Berthe

    20:45, Thu 3rd September 2020 - Mon 7th September 2020 at Barbican Centre

    The Sound of Music is a musical with music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and a book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse. It is based on the memoir of Maria von Trapp, The Story of…

  • Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark - Director

    20:45, Wed 23rd September 2020 - Mon 28th September 2020 at Random Venue 34
    21:00, Wed 30th September 2020 - Mon 5th October 2020 at Random Venue 34
    16:45, Wed 7th October 2020 - Mon 12th October 2020 at Random Venue 34

    Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark is a 2011 rock musical with music and lyrics by U2's Bono and The Edge and a book by Julie Taymor, Glen Berger, and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. The musical is based on the Spid…

  • The Music Man - Sound Designer

    21:00, Wed 23rd September 2020 - Mon 28th September 2020 at Noël Coward Theatre
    20:15, Wed 30th September 2020 - Mon 5th October 2020 at Noël Coward Theatre
    20:45, Wed 7th October 2020 - Mon 12th October 2020 at Noël Coward Theatre

    The Music Man is a musical with book, music, and lyrics by Meredith Willson, based on a story by Willson and Franklin Lacey. The plot concerns con man Harold Hill, who poses as a boys' band organizer…

  • Camelot - Mordred

    19:45, Thu 17th December 2020 - Sun 20th December 2020 at Liverpool Empire Theatre

    Camelot is a musical by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe. It is based on the King Arthur legend as adapted from the T. H. White tetralogy novel The Once and Future King.
    The original 1960 production,…

  • As You Like It - Audrey

    20:00, Tue 19th January 2021 - Mon 25th January 2021 at Random Venue 60
    19:30, Tue 26th January 2021 - Mon 1st February 2021 at Random Venue 60
    19:15, Tue 2nd February 2021 - Mon 8th February 2021 at Random Venue 60

    As You Like It is a pastoral comedy by William Shakespeare believed to have been written in 1599 or early 1600 and first published in the First Folio, 1623. The play's first performance is uncertain,…

  • Waiting for Godot - Producer

    19:15, Thu 28th January 2021 at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane

    Waiting for Godot is an absurdist play by Samuel Beckett, in which two characters, Vladimir and Estragon, wait endlessly and in vain for the arrival of someone named Godot. Godot's absence, as well as…

  • Urinetown - Officer Barrel

    19:15, Wed 10th March 2021 - Mon 15th March 2021 at Royal Exchange, Manchester

    Urinetown: The Musical is a satirical comedy musical, with music by Mark Hollmann, lyrics by Hollmann and Greg Kotis, and book by Kotis. It satirizes the legal system, capitalism, social irresponsibilit…

  • A Raisin in the Sun - Set Designer

    14:00, Wed 12th May 2021 - Sat 15th May 2021 at Royal Opera House, London

    A Raisin in the Sun is a play by Lorraine Hansberry that debuted on Broadway in 1959. The title comes from the poem "Harlem" by Langston Hughes. The story is based upon a black family's experiences in…

  • Mamma Mia! - Keys

    20:45, Tue 29th June 2021 - Mon 5th July 2021 at Random Venue 42

    Mamma Mia! is a stage musical written by British playwright Catherine Johnson, based on the songs of ABBA, composed by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, former members of the band. The title of the…

  • The Tempest - Sycorax

    20:15, Wed 4th August 2021 at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane

    The Tempest is a play by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written in 1610–11, and thought by many critics to be the last play that Shakespeare wrote alone. It is set on a remote island, where…

  • Hamlet - The Gravediggers

    21:00, Sun 8th August 2021 at Almeida Theatre
    20:45, Mon 9th August 2021 at Royal Exchange, Manchester
    20:30, Tue 10th August 2021 at Liverpool Empire Theatre
    13:00, Thu 12th August 2021 at Haymarket Theatre
    20:15, Sun 15th August 2021 at Haymarket Theatre
    16:30, Mon 16th August 2021 at Adelphi Theatre
    18:30, Thu 19th August 2021 at Random Venue 4
    20:15, Fri 20th August 2021 at Random Venue 37
    20:45, Mon 23rd August 2021 at London Palladium
    16:30, Wed 25th August 2021 at Almeida Theatre

    The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark is a tragedy by William Shakespeare. Set in the Kingdom of Denmark, the play dramatizes the revenge Prince Hamlet exacts on his uncle Claudius for murdering King…

  • Phèdre - Costume Designer

    16:15, Thu 4th November 2021 - Mon 8th November 2021 at Noël Coward Theatre

    Phèdre is a dramatic tragedy in five acts written in alexandrine verse by Jean Racine, first performed in 1677.

  • Carousel - Sound Designer

    19:00, Fri 5th November 2021 at Royal Exchange, Manchester

    Carousel is the second musical by the team of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. The 1945 work was adapted from Ferenc Molnár's 1909 play Liliom, transplanting its Budapest setting to the Maine…

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