Hair Police: Writers

KALUNGI SSEBANDEKE

Kalungi is a writer and actor. In 2020 he was announced as the recipient of The Roland Rees Bursary Award by The Alfred Fagon Award Board. He was also the recipient of Bush Theatres 'Passing the Baton' commission receiving mentorship from Winsome Pinnock. In 2017 his play ASSATA TAUGHT ME, starring Bridgerton’s Adjoa Andoh was commissioned by The Gate and extended beyond its initial run due to audience demand. The play was published by Oberon Books. Kalungi was selected for BBC Writers Room London Voices and Soho Theatre's Writers Lab. He’s written short plays for The Kiln Theatre, Orange Tree Theatre, and The Bush Theatre. 


Kalungi was awarded £5000 from BAFTA to support his studies for the MA in Acting at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2018 and graduated in 2019. Prior to drama school Kalungi appeared on television shows such as CASUALTY, HOLBY CITY, DOCTORS. (BBC), CUCUMBER (Channel 4) and while at drama school he landed a role in DOCTOR WHO (BBC) and performed in theatres such as Bush Theatre, The Gate and Kiln/The Tricycle, as well as Sheffield Studios. Since graduating in 2019 he has performed at The Orange Tree in BLOD KNOT directed by Matthew Xia and at The Almeida in THE DUCHESS OF MALFI by Rebecca Frecknall. As an actor, he's represented by Grace Cavanagh-Butler at Tavistock Wood. 

SANDRA THOMPSON-QUARTEY

Sandra is the founder and Artistic Director of High-Rise Avenue. Between 2010-2017 she produced over 20 showcases at Soho Theatre and The Pleasance, shining a light on talented artists and creatives in the UK and drawing in attendance from leading Casting Directors, talent agencies, broadcasters and production companies. Her short plays have been performed at Soho Theatre and Lost Theatre. She has worked with artists in the early stages of their career such as Aaron Fontaine (Outpost for Scify/The CW) Samson Kayo (Truth Seekers for Amazon prime and writer/actor on Famalam for BBC Iplayer), Leonie Elliott (Call the Midwife for BBC, Lynette Lynton (Artistic Director of Bush Theatre) and Simon Evans (writer, director, actor and creator of Staged (BBC) to name a few.
 
Sandra is also the part-time Associate Producer & Training Manager for Artistic Directors of the Future (ADF), dedicated to improving the representation of culturally diverse leaders within theatre and the creative industries.  

From 2015-2020 Sandra ran The Artist & Creative Avenue (ACA) a talent agency with a focus on representing culturally diverse and international artists across the globe. She facilitated job opportunities within theatre, television, film and commercials, including National Theatre, Donmar Warehouse, Soho Theatre, Old Vic, Warner Brothers, BBC, Sony and Netflix.

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