John Pfumojena is a Visiting Fellow for the academic year 2023/24. He is an award winning Zimbabwean Composer, and Mbira & Marimba specialist published by Warner Chappell Music (Warner Music Group); Professional Member of the Ivors Academy (composers); Distinguished Actor represented by Michelle Braidman Associates; Associate Director of Tangle Theatre Company; Competition Lead for the ESU – English Speaking Union; and National Athletics Referee with World Athletics.
John has played the role of Michael Darling and subsequently Peter Pan in the National Theatre’s Production of Peter Pan and has starred in roles at Shakespeare’s Globe, The West End, The Old Vic, The Young Vic, The National Theatre of Scotland, and Off-Broadway in New York and San Francisco. He is the recipient of the OBIE Awards Special Citation (New York) and Best Supporting Actor in a Play – Broadwayworld and has received nominations for Best Music & Musical Direction for the Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland and the Black British Theatre Awards. Additionally, John Pfumojena is a former Visiting Lecturer at Guildhall School of Music & Drama, LAMDA – London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, and a recent Visiting Fellow of TORCH – The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities.
His research interests cover intercultural collaboration in music and theatre, improvisation & storytelling, Mbira & Marimba music of Zimbabwe, dramatizing the archive, museums and material culture, digital humanities, and contemporary theatre practice.