Wednesday, March 10, 2021, 18:30 EET (GMT +02:00)

Ivory Coast

Director: Ablas Ouédraogo / Ivory Coast

Actor: Ramona Drăgulescu

Episode: Day 4. Story 1

about the Director

Ablas Ouédraogo

Ouédraogo Ablas is an actor, director for theater and cultural promoter.  He directed more than thirty plays and he has always been active in cultural associations at the national, regional and international level.

He was introduced to the performing arts in the 1986s through theater competitions. Ouédraogo Ablas belongs to the generation who discovered a passion for the theatrical art through regular and continuous attendance at festivals. Entered the National Higher Institute of Arts and Cultural Action (INSAAC) of Abidjan in the theater and dance department (ENTD). After that, he extended his training through workshops, internships and staging and cultural administration seminars in Africa, Europe and Asia before the beginnings of his theatrical project, that started in Cameroon in 1999.

He is a founding member of the BAC (Bureau des Arts et Communication) and Le Sokan Théâtre, two associative structures that work in the artistic and cultural field. He is also part of the initiative Femmes en scène, on the RIAC / Rencontre Internationales des Arts et de la culture, training and creation workshops in dramatic art in Niamey, Niger and Ndjamena, Chad. He was also artistic director of the ceremony commission of the 8th edition of Jeux de la Francophonie. 

Since 2017 he is president of the African regional council of the International Theater Institute.

about the actor

Ramona Drăgulescu

After her debut with the internationally acclaimed performance Les Danaides after Aeschylus under the direction of Silviu Purcarete, Ramona Drăgulescu went on to study the BA in Acting at The Department of Arts of The University of Craiova. Upon completing her studies in 2001 she had been employed for seven years at the “Anton Pann” Theatre in Râmnicu Valcea. During this time she continued to have collaborations with the National Theatre “Marin Sorescu” Craiova. In 2008 she moved to Leeds, United Kingdom where she took on a Master course in Theatre Making at the University of Leeds. After graduating in 2009 she explored a range of creative theatre opportunities spanning from producing and directing her own Solo Show at the Bradford Playhouse, to working with other fellow artists in various projects like short films, music video and Community projects. She also took part in artistic development projects like Move on Up both in West Yorkshire and in London.

When returning to Craiova in 2012 she was involved as an actor, administrator and organizer for the Independent Theatre scene, being a member of “Teatrulescu” Company until 2018, as well as collaborating as an actor in various productions of the National Theatre “Marin Sorescu” Craiova.

At the 2016 and 2018 editions of The International Shakespeare Festival Craiova, while being an active member of the Independent Theatre Company “Teatrulescu”, Ramona produced the Community Play, directed by Philip Parr, the Artistic Director of “Parrabbola” Company UK, performance especially created for the Festival, with the aim to community participation.

Since 2018 Ramona is a full time actor at the National Theatre “Marin Sorescu”. She performs in 14 productions of the current repertoire having the opportunity to work with many notable directors and with their specific approaches.

Ramona is also engaged in developing her own work and research with particular interests in physical theatre and the Theatre of the Absurd.

Ivory Coast artists talk

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