Ayodele Nzinga

2020 YBCA 100 Honoree

Ayodele Nzinga is an arts & culture theoretician/practitioner working at the intersections of cultural production, community development, and community well-being to foster transformation in marginalized communities. She holds a Masters of Fine Arts in Writing and Consciousness and Doctorate of Philosophy in Transformative Education & Change. A renaissance woman, Ayodele is a producing director, playwright, poet, dramaturg, actress, performance consultant, arts educator, community advocate, and culture-bearing anchor. She is the founder of the Lower Bottom Playaz, Inc. and BAMBD CDC; a producer of BAMBDFEST; a Cal-Shakes Artist Investigator Alumni; a Helen Crocker Russell Arts Leadership Fellow; a member of the Alameda County Women’s Hall of Fame; recognized by Theater Bay Area as one of the 40 people who changed the face of Bay Area theater; recognized by the August Wilson House as the only director in the world to direct the complete August Wilson Century Cycle in chronological order.