|Name Paulette Randall|
Role Theatre Director
|Education Rose Bruford College|
|Nominations British Academy Television Award for Comedy and Comedy Entertainment Programme|
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Paulette Randall MBE (born 1961 in London, England) is a British theatre director of Jamaican descent. She was chair of the board of Clean Break Theatre Company in 2006–07, and is former artistic director of the Talawa Theatre Company. She was the associate director for the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics.
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Paulette randall mbe receiving her honorary degree from brunel university london mon 13 july 2015
Paulette Randall was born in south London to Jamaican parents. She attended Saint Judes Primary and Dick Shepherd Secondary School in Brixton. When she was 11 she started helping out in a shop on Saturdays and she has said: "It was working in Brixton market that was my real first understanding of theatre, just the characters you met and stories you heard." She subsequently went to drama school at the age of 18, training to be an actress at the Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama. After graduating in 1982, she and two fellow students – Bernardine Evaristo and Patricia Hilaire – set up their own company, called Theatre of Black Women, in response to the lack of roles for black actors at the time.
She was Associate Director of the 2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremony, working alongside Danny Boyle. According to London's Evening Standard: "Knowing her theatrical pedigree – Randall, 49, has directed August Wilson's plays, which celebrate the African American experience and is a former artistic director of black theatre company, Talawa; her TV credits include Desmond's (C4) and The Real McCoy (BBC2) – makes you wonder whether she can claim credit for the multicultural flavour of the show." Paulette was the first female black director to bring a production to the West End with Fences in 2013
Paulette was awarded an MBE in 2015 for services to drama, and an honorary degree from Brunel University in the same year.