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AYINDE HURREY

United States - African Dance Teacher

AYINDE HURREY was born in Manhattan, New York and raised in Goldsboro, North Carolina. At an early age, he began his career on the stage as a percussionist with The Cultural Movement, Inc., a company founded by his father, Raymond “Nilaja” Hurrey, the original percussionist for The Last Poets.
Hurrey studied at North Carolina Central University in Durham, where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Theatre, and pursued his graduate training at the University of Florida in Gainesville, where he received his M.F.A. in Acting. Ayinde’s most accomplished work has been writing and directing his solo show, Nappy Journeys;
which was chosen as one of the main stage productions at the 2009 National Black Theatre Festival.
As an educator, Ayinde has trained elementary to university level students, teaching the various aspects of the working theatre. Ayinde has worked a full-time Theatre teacher in public school districts in Oklahoma City, New York, North Carolina, and Florida.
Ayinde continues to spread his theatrical energy to audiences both near and far through 
the efforts of his theatre company, Hurrey-UP Consulting & Performing Arts. Hurrey- UP aims to deliver quality residencies and workshops in acting, West African dance and

drumming, play productions, and arts consulting. The company maintains a particular focus on cultural awareness, diversity, and arts education.

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