Oshinaike Toyin, actor/theatre director who learnt on the job, started his professional career for over two decades now and had his training working with erstwhile theatre directors like Wole Soyinka, Chuck Mike, Jide Ogungbade, Tunde Awosanmi, Niji Akanni, Nick Monu, Bayo Oduneye, Felix Okolo, Matthias Ghert, Bode Osanyin, Segun Ojewuyi, Tosan Ugbeye, Ifeoma Fafuwa among others. Acting credits include; Elesin Oba in Wole Soyinka's DEATH AND THE KING'S HORSEMAN (Wole Soyinka Festival, 1994), Dozie in HORSE ON MY BACK (Afrika Projekt Germany tour, 1998), Obierika in Chinua Achebe's THINGS FALL APART (UK/USA tour, 1999), Baroka in Wole Soyinka's THE LION AND THE JEWEL (UK tour of BITE 2005, OLYMPICS 2012), Mbogeni in Ngema/Mtwa/Simon's WOZA ALBERT (Southwest Nigeria tour, 2005), Nimi in Ahmed Yerima's HARD GROUND (National Troupe tour of Nigeria, 2006), Narrator in Ojo Bakare's THE VOYAGE (HEART OF AFRICA project launch London, Paris 2007), Akaraoogun in Femi Osofisan's FOREST OF A THOUSAND DAEMONS (Southwest tour, 2008), Elemude in Femi Osofisan's THE ENGAGEMENT (National Theatre Lagos, Tel Aviv 2011), Pius in Sefia Attah's THE COST OF LIVING (Terra Kulture, Lagos Heritage Festival 2011), Femi in Tyronne Terrence's A HUSBAND'S WIFE (Terra Kulture 2013), Amenawon in LONGITUDE (London International Festival of Theatre, 2014), Rotimi in DIGGING FOR GOLD (Lufodo Productions 2014), etc.
Directing credits include; ECHOES FROM THE LAGOON (NANTAP WTD CELEBRATION 2007), THE INCORRUPTIBLE JUDGE (ONE SIX PRODUCTIONS 2013), WAT'S DIS ALL ABOUT ( NANTAP FESTINA, CREATIVE ARTS FAIR EKO AKETE 2015), THE LION AND THE JEWEL (THESPIAN FAMILY THEATRE 2014), WAITING FOR A LOTTERY (BRITISH COUNCIL LAGOS THEATRE FESTIVAL 2014), THE MISTRESS OF WHOLESOME (GBAGYI CHILD, THESPIAN MUSE, OXZYGEN KONCEPTS 2014), FELA SON OF KUTI (TROOPERS ART PRODUCTION, NATIONAL THEATRE, FELABERATION 2014/2015, BRITISH COUNCIL LAGOS THEATRE FESTIVAL 2016), THE ORIKI OF A GRASSHOPPER (ONE SIX & OXZYGEN KONCEPTS South West Mini Tour 2015), THE SISTERS (G7 PRODUCTIONS 2015), KING BAABU (LIVE THEATRE ON SUNDAY 2015), ZONE 222 (TV COMEDY SERIES by NATIVE MEDIA 2016).
Toyin, who has also featured in several television/radio drama series and a few award winning films, received a National Association of Nigeria Theatre Arts Practitioners (NANTAP) award for Outstanding Contribution To The Development Of Theatre Arts In Nigeria.
Toyin advocates artistic excellence that has no cultural boundaries.
Name: Toyin Oshinaike
Lives in: Lagos, Nigeria
Occupation: Actor, Performance Coach and Theatre Director