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Sahr Ngaujah
Sahr Ngaujah Last Resort NYC 2012 Copyright Rameen Gasery.jpg
Ngaujah in June 2012
Born United States
Nationality American
Other names Sahr
Occupation Theater director, actor
Known for Last Resort

Sahr Ngaujah, also known as Sahr, is an American theater director and actor, based in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Early life and career[edit]

Ngaujah was born in the United States and is of Sierra Leonean ancestry. He began his career in theatre, working in Atlanta with the Freddie Hendricks Youth Ensemble of Atlanta, through 7Stages Theatre in Little 5 Points. Freddie has been Sahr’s mentor and friend since 1992.

As an actor Sahr has had a rich career from the early age of 15, and has worked with the likes of Gerrit Timmers (Onafhankelijk Toneel, Rotterdam), Falk Richter (Berlin Schaubühne, Berlin), Del Hamilton (7 Stages, Atlanta), Walter Chakela (Windybrow, Johannesburg), Tim Habeger (PushPush Theater & Film, Atlanta), Made n da Shade/MC (Amsterdam). Sahr has also maintained a presence in the world of film since the late 1990s, with appearances in Passing Glory (TNT), A Lesson Before Dying (HBO), How I Spent My Summer Vacation (Castle Way), among other films, and more recently in The Signal (Magnolia/Pop Films, 2008), Stomp the Yard (Sony/Rainforest Films – Jan. 2007), and (Blood Done Sign My Name, 2009 release).

Sahr began as a director under the guidance of Freddie Hendricks, working as an assistant director on FH Y.E.A. productions, playing for audiences ranging from the Atlanta Black Arts Festival to the Tweetakt Festival 2000 Antwerp.

Since relocating to Amsterdam in 2001 Sahr has worked as a theater director and developer with Rotterdam’s Lef and ACT Festival, and as a collaborator with Made n da Shade. He completed his studies at Dasarts in Amsterdam 2006, under the direction of Alida Neslo and Monique Toebosch. Under the primary influence of his work with Freddie Hendricks, as it relates to his creating of original works, integrating music into every layer of the developmental process, together with what he gained through close work with Made n da Shade and their extensive exploration into the weaving of interactive design technology throughout the base fibers of their theatre, Sahr used the laboratory of Dasarts and his encounters with Shu Lea Chang and Germaine Acogny to search for his own unique language and process, in an effort to lay a foundation that will hopefully allow him to all ways break new ground in his personal approach as a Maker.

Conversations With Ice is his most recent work, dealing with the question of value (who decides, who buys), within the context of the global diamond trade, Sierra Leone’s child soldiers, and its links to the Bling sub-culture in hip-hop.

In November 2008, Ngaujah received the Audelco Award (or "Viv award") for his work on the Off-Broadway musical Fela!, under the direction of Bill T. Jones, which explores the life and inspiration of the Nigerian composer Fela Anikulapo Kuti.[1] He also received a Tony Award nomination and a Laurence Olivier Award nomination for his role in this musical.[2][3] In December 2008 Fela! The Musical was classified as the #1 theatre show of 2008 in New York, by New York Magazine.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Ngaujah is of Sierra Leonean ancestry. During the Christmas of 1999 he began the writing process that led to the short-story collection Refracting (Dasarts 2004), which inspired the piece Conversations with Ice Amsterdam-BitterZoet (Dasarts 2006). Over Het Ij Festival, Amsterdam, 2007 (Made n Da Shade/Cosmic Theater). Sahr has appeared at speaking engagements, at art conferences in Northern Europe (2007–08) about the construction and development of Conversations With Ice, with invitations pending to present this work in Sweden and Tokyo. Ngaujah continues to work with a host of inspiring artist between Europe, Africa, and the U.S. He is actively attempting to help forge stronger links between the artist community between Atlanta and the Netherlands through the development of an art festival called A to the A, celebrating and exploring Global Underground Art and Culture.

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Show Clips - Fela - Sahr Ngaujah

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Saycon Sengbloh & Sahr Ngaujah, Water No Get Enemy, Drom, NYC 12-16-13

Saycon Sengbloh and Sahr Ngaujah performing "Water No Get Enemy" at Drom in NYC, 12-16-13. The band featured: Les Cleveland - musical director, drums Steve S...

Fela! Sahr Ngaujah Interview

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SAHR NGAUJAH (Fela! On Broadway) Interview

Toward the end of FELA!'s successful Los Angeles run, HealthyLeaders.tv had the opportunity to sit down with the musical's lead performer, SAHR NGAUJAH, and ...

FELA! On Broadway - BID / High Life / Yellow Fever (Sahr Ngaujah & Chorus)

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Fela! star Sahr Ngaujah in Studio Q

http://www.cbc.ca/Q Sahr Ngaujah, star of the biographical musical Fela, sits down in Studio Q to talk about how he prepared to play iconic musician Fela Kuti.

FELA! On Broadway - Everything Scatter (Sahr Ngaujah & Chorus)

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FELA! On Broadway - Expensive Shit / I.T.T. [International Thief Thief] (Sahr Ngaujah & Chorus)

FELA! The Original Broadway Cast Recording © 2010 Knitting Factory Records Arrangements by Aaron Johnson and Antibalas Choreography of Bill T. Jones Cast: Sa...

FELA! On Broadway - Teacher (Sahr Ngaujah, Lilias White & Chorus)

FELA! The Original Broadway Cast Recording © 2010 Knitting Factory Records Arrangements by Aaron Johnson and Antibalas Choreography of Bill T. Jones Cast: Sa...

FELA! On Broadway - Trouble Sleep (Sahr Ngaujah, Lilias White & Chorus)

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Creative Loafing Atlanta

Creative Loafing Atlanta
Fri, 15 Aug 2014 09:18:45 -0700

The documentary not only a looks at the complex life and legacy of the father of Afrobeat, it does so through the lens of the Fela phenomenon resurrected in part by the Bill T. Jones-directed Broadway musical Fela!, starring Sahr Ngaujah in the lead role.
 
Broadway World
Mon, 27 Oct 2014 11:00:00 -0700

Co-hosted by Sahr Ngaujah, award winning actor and musician (Broadway hit "Fela") and Ebbe Bassey, actor, producer and writer ("Mother of George", "NYPD Blue", "Law & Order: SVU") , the ADA Awards is one of the most electrifying and highly anticipated ...
 
Broadway World
Thu, 20 Nov 2014 09:26:15 -0800

In one of the most electrifying and highly anticipated awards shows, some 400 attendees came out in full force to salute exemplary individuals who are working towards the advancement of Africans in the Diaspora and in Africa at the 4th Annual AFRICAN ...
 
New York Times
Fri, 14 May 2010 00:00:00 -0700

SAHR NGAUJAH was a stranger to Broadway when he and “Fela!” arrived at the Eugene O'Neill Theater in October. Seven months later, with a Tony Award nomination for best actor in a musical now under his belt, he seems fully immersed in that milieu but ...
 
Playbill.com
Wed, 11 Jul 2012 21:00:59 -0700

The Tony-winning Broadway musical Fela!, which explores the life of Nigerian musician and political figure Fela Anikulapo-Kuti in a production that is part narrative and part rock musical, officially opens on Broadway July 12 in a 32-performance encore ...
 
Los Angeles Times
Sat, 19 Jul 2014 14:24:42 -0700

Singer Sahr Ngaujah and many of the onstage experts joining him know their way around the Kuti vibe. Many helped ferry the hit musical "Fela!" onto Broadway, and are hotshot New York session guys with deep resumes. The group featured players who ...
 
Playbill.com
Thu, 08 Sep 2011 07:32:42 -0700

Complete casting has been announced for the national tour of the Tony Award-winning musical Fela!, which will feature original Tony-nominated star Sahr Ngaujah and members of the original Broadway and London casts. The musical about Nigerian ...
 
Broadway World
Mon, 05 Aug 2013 13:58:40 -0700

Honorary co-hosts Susan Sarandon and Forest Whitaker celebrate the contributions that actress advocate Mary-Louise Parker has given to Hope North at their inaugural gala to take place this September at City Winery, New York City. The first annual gala ...
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