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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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Fela! Sahr Ngaujah Interview

In this new musical, directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Bill T. Jones with a book by Jim Lewis and arrangements by Aaron Johnson and Antibalas, ...

Fela Broadway interview with Sahr Ngaujah

Fela Broadway interview with Sahr Ngaujah.

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.

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...

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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...

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 ...

Sahr Ngaujah on becoming Fela's "avatar."

http://www.playbill.com/multimedia/video 2010 Tony nominee Sahr Ngaujah talks about playing the title role in Fela!.

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

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6 news items

Creative Loafing Atlanta

Creative Loafing Atlanta
Fri, 15 Aug 2014 09:21:53 -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.
 
NewsOK.com
Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:31:06 -0700

The film seems to have started out as a making-of documentary on the musical, but it never gets around to interviewing Sahr Ngaujah, the musical's charismatic original star, or even telling us if “Fela!” ever made it big on Broadway (it won three Tony ...
 
Chron.com
Wed, 27 Aug 2014 08:22:30 -0700

Nigerian musician Fela Anikulapo Kuti, who died in 1997, is the subject of traveling Broadway show "Fela!" and the documentary "Finding Fela." FILE - In this file photo released by Richard Kornberg and Associates, Sahr Ngaujah stars. Photo By Monique ...

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Washington Post
Thu, 07 Aug 2014 12:14:15 -0700

At times, early in the movie, you might wonder whether you're watching the real guy or the actor who played him onstage, Sahr Ngaujah. But the real Fela had many more faces. Was he a politically progressive thorn in the side of Nigeria's military ...

LA Weekly

LA Weekly
Mon, 11 Aug 2014 12:27:20 -0700

The documentary's opening scenes focus on rehearsals for Broadway's Fela!, and in the early going Gibney shows us more footage of stage-Fela Sahr Ngaujah than of the Afro-pop pioneer himself — an odd choice but not a tragic one, since the too-short ...

NOW Magazine

NOW Magazine
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 10:15:00 -0700

... Nigerian musician-turned-political-activist is made up of footage of Fela!, a recent Broadway musical to which Gibney had a great deal of access, which is surely why the show's director, Bill T. Jones, and star, Sahr Ngaujah, end up discussing ...
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