Aku Kadogo will serve as Spelman's Cosby Endowed Professor in the Arts for 2014-2015. She is an international theater director, choreographer, educator and creative producer of cultural arts projects. The multifaceted artist directs highly energetic, imaginative theater works and has produced a number of collaborative inter-disciplinary projects. Her eclectic career has spanned across the United States, Australia, Europe and Asia.
Since 2008, Kadogo has been living and working between Seoul, South Korea; Detroit, Michigan and Sydney, Australia. In 2006 she took up the position as Director of the Black Theatre Program at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.
In 2011 she was invited on to the newly formed Music/Theatre Department at Yongin University, South Korea to lecture and direct productions, she spent two years in South Korea working with students and professional theater artists. Having worked extensively as a performer/choreographer/director in Australia, Kadogo also served as principal dance teacher and course coordinator at the National Aboriginal/Islander Skills Development Scheme in Sydney. Her ongoing relationship with this school continues today where she is a regular visiting guest artist.
Kadogo has been an associate choreographer on RENT
working with the Broadway team on companies in Australia, China and the United States. As a performer, she has worked in film, television and stage making her career debut in the original Broadway classic of For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf by Ntozake Shange.
“I began my career in the theater on Broadway. I have pursued the possibilities of how theater arts can contribute to the well being of our society and perhaps make for greater understanding between us all.
I have traveled extensively to far reaching places such as the central desert of Australia, Papua New Guinea, Dakar, Senegal; Rio de Janiero, Brazil; Havana, Cuba; Bali, Indonesia, Seoul, South Korea. My works incorporate influences from my travels. I source information from the people I’ve met, and the intimate moments I’ve had eating, dancing, laughing and sharing stories across language lines.
I love language, words, music., popular culture, ancient culture, nature. I like exploring conflicts and decay and the possibility for hope inside of that. My interests are people, language, cities, our relationship to the environment and how theatre forms might inspire the wider community into action through creative practices.”