About the Author
Adenrele Ojo is a native Philadelphian who was born in Brooklyn, NY and currently resides in Los Angeles. First trained as a dancer as a little girl, she went on to study as a part of Philadanco’s Training Program; later received her Bachelor of the Arts in Theater from Hunter College in NY and honed her skills at the William Esper Studio studying Meisner under the auspices of Maggie Flanigan.
Nominated for a L.A. Stage Alliance Ovation Award for Featured Actress in a Play for her role as Martha Pentecost in the Fountain Theater’s 2006 production of August Wilson’s Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, Adenrele Ojo, theatre brat (her dad, John E. Allen, Jr. was Founder & Artistic Director of Freedom Theatre, the oldest African-American theater in Pennsylvania) is no stranger to the stage. In 2010 she performed in the Fountain Theatre’s production of The Ballad of Emmett Till by Ifa Bayeza, directed by Shirley Jo Finney, which won the 2010 L.A. Stage Alliance Ovation Award & the Los Angeles Drama Critics Award for Best Ensemble. Other plays include August Wilson’s Jitney and Freedom Theatre’s own, Black Nativity (2007), where she played Mary.
Since relocating from New York to Los Angeles, Ms. Ojo has worn many hats: actress, voice-over artist, writer, photographer and producer. Adenrele continues to glide from stage to screen in such feature films as: Within; Family; the upcoming One Moment Please and her very own, Bathroom Vanities, a don’t-judge-a-book-by-it’s-cover comedy about one woman’s unforgettable experience in a ladies’ bathroom, directed by Christopher Scott Cherot (Hav Plenty and G), which she starred, co-wrote and produced under the umbrella of her production company, NeW•YiLLy Entertainment.
Ojo’s voice can also be heard on many audio books including Katie Couric’s, The Best Advice I Ever Got and some of her favorites, Someone Knows My Name by Lawrence Hill, 32 Candles by Ernessa T. Carter, Weapons of Mass Seduction by Lori Bryant-Woolridge, Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 pick, The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis, The Healing by Jonathan Odell & Standing Tall by C. Vivian Stringer, which she received an Earphones Award for the last two.