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Israel Meriomame Wekpe

  • BA (Honours), MA
  • Lecturer 1
  • University of Benin


    My PhD focuses on how the actor, in becoming a character, is encumbered, and sometimes overwhelmed by his socio-cultural background and, at times, his/her religious beliefs. This dissertation seeks to analyse and reconcile the dominant and changing trends in actor-training techniques in Nigeria and how these impact on the actor’s act. Given the shifting terrain of contemporary theatre practice in Nigeria, in relation to training methods, and the concern that becoming a character embraces the creative articulation of emotions and shared experiences in the understanding of being and becoming a character, this study further explores phenomenological and ontological issues involved. By way of comparative study, I aim to identify the processes and factors that determine how the actor becomes a character while interrogating any (mis)interpretation given to a role.

    Professional experience

    Lecturer 1

    University of Benin

    January 1998 - Present



    University of Leeds

    October 2015 - Present

    Master of Arts

    University of Leeds

    October 2002 - July 2003(9 months)

    Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

    University of Benin

    February 1993 - December 1996(4 years)

    OND Mass Communication

    Auchi Polytechnic

    February 1988 - July 1990(2 years)