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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, 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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Fela! Sahr Ngaujah Interview

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

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Sahr Ngaujah as Fela Anikulapo-Kuti and Saycon Sengbloh in Broadway Musical "Fela!"

Broadway Musical.

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Scene from the Broadway Musical "Fela!" with Sahr Ngaujah as Fela Anikulapo-Kuti

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Fela on Broadway, Must see before ends. Pls don't tell anyone that i record some of the show.

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Fri, 29 May 2015 06:30:00 -0700

Signature Theatre has announced that due to a recent car-related incident and subsequent injury, Sahr Ngaujah will not be returning to the role of Jonathan in the world premiere of The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek, written and directed by Athol ...


Tue, 12 May 2015 07:48:45 -0700

Signature Theatre's world premiere of The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek, written and directed by Athol Fugard ("Master Harold"...and the Boys, Blood Knot), officially opened May 11 following previews that began April 21. The Painted Rocks at Revolver ...


Broadway World
Wed, 20 May 2015 13:58:07 -0700

Signature Theatre has announced that due to an injury sustained by actor Sahr Ngaujah in a recent automobile-related incident, the role of Jonathan in Athol Fugard's The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek will be played by Kevin Mambo until Mr. Ngaujah is ...


Wed, 18 Feb 2015 11:36:01 -0800

been shepherded by the late James Gandolfini are Chris Smith (Paranormal Activity 3), CBS' We Are Men), Lenny Venito (The Neighbors) and Sahr Ngaujah (Last Resort). Smith will play Bobby's (Leguizamo) son, Venito will play Dean, Bobby's boss at the ...
Broadway World
Tue, 24 Mar 2015 07:42:18 -0700

Signature Theatre has announced casting is confirmed and tickets are now on sale for the world premiere of The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek, written and directed by Athol Fugard. The production runs April 21 to May 31 with a May 11 opening night in ...

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.

New York Times

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 ...


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 ...

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