Sonny Nwachukwu is a writer, director, and founder of Gateway Arts Productions based in London. His work is multi-disciplinary spanning across writing, poetry, dance, theatre and anything that lies beyond. His work primarily focuses on the African Diaspora. Sonny is a storyteller that incorporates dance and literature making his work relevant, unique, vibrant and thought-provoking. His academic background in Psychology informs much of his work and he is keen to tackle issues seen as taboo or ‘different’.
Sonny received his dance training from authentic West African and dancehall teachers. He has performed with numerous Afrobeats and dancehall artists working across the UK and has performed at venues including Sadler’s Wells and SSE Wembley stadium.
In 2019 Sonny was awarded an Unlimited and Spirit of 2012 commission, to create his first full length work entitled Circles, A choreopoem. Other current works and projects include Triple Threat (2019) at Poplar Union, Saturn Returns (2020) for Unlimited Festival, Southbank Centre, (Re)Union (2021) as part of Browntown Abbey at Battersea Arts Centre and new work in progress, Eve and Cain (2021).
Sonny has been a member of the Soho Theatre’s Writers Lab from 2020-2021, as well as the Graeae Beyond Programme and the Tamasha Director Programme. Sonny is currently an Associate Artist at Graeae Theatre Company in London.
Sonny’s writing was nominated for the 2021 Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellowships and is a published author of Saturn Returns (published by Team Angelica). He has written articles for Disability Arts Online and Unlimited, amongst others.
As founder of Gateway Arts, Sonny aims to produce, empower and provoke artists from a range of backgrounds and abilities to create new and radical artistic works across text, theatre and live performance.