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Simeilia is a Black British producer, director, arts-activist and visionary. Simeilia currently works in Los Angeles and London.

Founder and CEO of Artistic Directors of the Future and Beyond The Canon Limited as well as Co-founder and Creative Director at Black Lives, Black Words International Project and Curatorial Consultant for Manchester International Festival. Simeilia Hodge-Dallaway has been listed four consecutive years in the Stage Top 100 Power List (2017-20), named in the London Evening Standard The Progress 1000: London's most influential people 2018 - Performance: Theatre, Google & TED: Emerging Innovator (2019) and included in the Who Who's 2020 publication: The standard, up-to-date source book of information on people of influence and interest in all fields. In 2020, her work on diversifying arts boards in the UK at Artistic Directors of the Future was awarded an Innovation Award at the Stage Awards.

She is also former trouble-shooter and Project Manager of the National Theatre's Black Play Archive, Editor of the first monologue anthology for Black British Actors to be inspired by black British Plays: ‘The Oberon Book of Monologues for Black Actors: Classical and Contemporary Speeches from Black British Plays’ which was followed by a second monologue anthology, inspired by the work of international playwrights, published by Bloomsbury Methuen Drama: ‘Audition Speeches for Black, South Asian and Middle Eastern Actors’.

Former Trustee at the Directors Guild of Great Britain and Company of Angels Theatre Company. She also works nationally and internationally as a theatre director, producer, dramaturg, audience development consultant and educator.

Specialisms: Director, Black & POC Theatre Play Specialist, Author, Art Activist and Producer

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