Topher Campbell is a director of film, television and theatre. He has directed plays at numerous theatres across the country including West Yorkshire Playhouse, Young Vic, London, Derby Playhouse, Contact Theatre, Manchester, Talawa Theatre, London and Leicester Haymarket.. As Diversity Director/producer for BBC Radio Drama he established the Norman Beaton Fellowship.
For television he has directed Doctors and EastEnders.
In 2000 alongside artist/photographer Ajamu he set up rukus! Federation Ltd (www.rukus.co.uk). A company dedicated to presenting the best in work by Black Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual, Transgender (BLGBT) artists. rukus! Current projects include the Play Mangina Monologues and the UK’s first and only BLGBT Archive now housed at the London Metropolitan Archive. In 2008 rukus! received the Archive Landmark Award by London Metropolitan Archive.
His short films The Homecoming and Mulatto Song have been shown worldwide. IN THIS OUR LIVES Topher’s first documentary feature premiered at the London Lesbian and Gay film Festival in 2009.
As writer Topher has written articles for Sable, AXM Magazine, Gay Times and The Guardian on Black Gay contemporary life and history. He has also been featured in the Guardian, the Stage, Gay Times, Broadcast, QX Magazine and Attitude Magazine. Also Topher is a recipient of the 2005 Jerwood Directors Award.
He is a regular contributor to The Guardian.
Between 2006-08 Topher was a Programmer for the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival and is currently artistic director of THE RED ROOM theatre and film company. (www.theredroom.org.uk ) For the Red Room he has directed four productions: Journeys to work; the acclaimed multi-media production UNSTATED written by Fin Kennedy, Oikos and Protozoa for the Oikos Project.
The Jellyfish Theatre part of the Oikos project has been nominated by What’s On Stage for the AKA Theatre Event of The Year Award 2010, Mies Van De Rohe Award, Barcelona 2011, Small Projects Award 2010 and the Urban intervention Award Berlin 2010.