Yinka Ayinde
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Yinka Ayinde

Creative Producer & PresenterLondon, United Kingdom
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Yinka Ayinde

Creative Producer & PresenterLondon, United Kingdom
About me
I am an award-winning executive producer, who has eight years of experience, developing, producing and managing mid to large scale entertainment, for new & existing audiences. I am a confident project manager skilled at; fundraising, budgeting, recruiting, strategising and leadership. I am currently line managing SMART Entertainment (General Managers); working with them on strategies to produce Oliva Tweest – The AfroMusical in the West End, Broadway and internationally. Oliva Tweest – The AfroMusical is the world’s first Afrobeats musical. It uses original Afrobeats music, existing smash hits, contemporary Afrobeats choreography and vocal arrangements to provide a modern spin on Dickens’ ‘Oliver Twist’, set in London’s African community. I'm looking for a suitable role with an established artist or company, where I can support them as an executive producer.
Projects
  • Oliva Tweest - The AfroMusical
    Oliva Tweest - The AfroMusicalThe idea for the show was conceived by presenter-producer Yinka Ayinde, (PureYinkz) six years ago. His debut version of the show sold-out at the West End’s Lyric Theatre to a notably new audience, the majority of whom had never been to the theatre before. Following its success, the musical received Arts Council England (ACE) funding for a short run at Hackney Empire in September 2014, which led to further funding support from ACE and Stage One for an industry workshop presentation at St James Th
Work history
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    Creative Producer & PresenterReSauced Entertainment
    London, United KingdomFreelance
    In 2018, I established ReSauced Entertainment, “A Responsibly Sauced Creative Production Company”, with the aim of promoting black culture through entertainment, adding value and quality to the management processes for black-art productions. The company produces my projects including Oliva Tweest and manages my hosting career, as well as providing producing, consulting, hosting/presenting and creative services for clients. My main role as a client manager includes pitching ideas, creative consulting, and bringing business to the company. As the lead artist, I am in charge of the creative direction. Team leader Host/Presenter Client Manager Public Speaker Workshop Facilitator Consultant.
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    Creator & ProducerOliva Tweest - The AfroMusical
    London, United KingdomFreelance
    The idea for the show was conceived by presenter-producer Yinka Ayinde, (PureYinkz) six years ago. His debut version of the show sold-out at the West End’s Lyric Theatre to a notably new audience, the majority of whom had never been to the theatre before. Following its success, the musical received Arts Council England (ACE) funding for a short run at Hackney Empire in September 2014, which led to further funding support from ACE and Stage One for an industry workshop presentation at St James Theatre in May 2015. In 2016 with support from the British Council the musical was presented as a Flash-Mob inspired performance at the Lagos Theatre Festival in Nigeria. Oliva Tweest was then selected for BEAM (UKs leading showcase for new musicals). The Musical was picked up by the Barbican Arts Centre and presented as a work-in-progress industry sharing to promote this fresh and innovative take on British musical theatre. Yinka said: “It’s a dream come true for me to see the show going on tour. We have been given so much support and encouragement to get to this point.” Responsibilities: • Raising over £120,000 by applying for public funding and pitching to private investors – I have a 100% success rate with Arts Council England’s GFTA. 
 • Negotiating contracts with venues, agents and production team – I produced a sold-out show of Oliva Tweest: An Afrobeats Musical at the West End’s Lyric Theatre, starring Eddie Kadi, A dot Comedian and Dorcas Shola Fapson (MTV Shuga). 
 • Designing and facilitating drama workshops – I have created and delivered drama workshops, centred around creative and professional development for young people seeking a career in the arts. • Developing detailed and creative, audience development and marketing plans – For Oliva Tweest, we achieved an audience consisting of 80% BAME, 75% under 30 years of age, and 67% none-theatre- goers. 

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Skills
  • Leadership
  • Idea Generation
  • Ideas Development
  • Audience Development
  • Audience Engagement
  • Research
  • Creative Consultation
  • Creative Producing
  • Dramaturgy
  • Marketing
Education
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    CertificateStage One
     - London, United Kingdom
    Twice a year Stage One run a three day workshop for New Producers'. If you have ever wondered how to get a show from conception to a West End stage, then this is the course for you! Over the three days you will cover all aspects of putting on a commercial production from; marketing & pr, to contracting, budgeting, rights, raising funds & looking after investors to equip you with all the tools you need to produce.
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    BScUniversity of Bedfordshire
     - Luton, United Kingdom
    I earned a BSc degree in Medical Science. While at university I improved on meeting deadlines, creating concise reports, critical & creative thinking and data analysis. Modules included microbiology, nutrition, pathophysiology, disease pathology and biochemistry.