Monique Touko


Monique Touko is a London based multidisciplinary artist working in theatre, radio, TV and film. 

She was the recipient of the 2022 Stage Debut Award for Best Director. 

Her directing training includes Regional Theatre Young Directors Scheme at Royal Exchange Manchester. At the Young Vic, her training has involved the Intro to Directing course led by Sacha Weres, Boris Karloff Trainee Assistant Directors Programme and the Jerwood Assistant Director Scheme. In 2022, Monique was selected to take part in the National Theatre’s annual Directing Course. Her assisting credits include Wishlist by Katherine Soper, directed by Matthew Xia at Royal Exchange Manchester and Royal Court, HighTides’ touring production of Kanye The First by Sam Steiner directed by Andrew Twyman, Yellowman by Dael Orlandersmith directed by Nancy Medina at Young Vic, China Plate’s On the Exhale by Martin Zimmerman directed by Christopher Haydon at Traverse Theatre, Cock by Mike Bartlett directed by Kate Hewitt at Chichester Festival Theatre, Shakespeare’s Richard II directed Lynette Linton and Adjoa Andoh at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, Ibsen’s Rosmersholm adapted by Duncan Macmillan, directed by Ian Rickson at Duke of York Theatre and Lorca’s Blood Wedding adapted by Marina Carr directed by Yael Farber at Young Vic. 

Monique’s skill set includes Facilitation, Devising, International Work, New Writing, Script Reading, Drama School Shows and Projects, Training Actors and Working with Young People. 

She is also part of The Ubunifu Space- A definitive guide to music and culture from the youth of Africa and the diaspora – the Ubunifu way. Monique is project manager for the Space and regular member of the UK reaction team on the youtube channel which has a global following of 320K+ subscribers and over 50 million views

Theatre Credits: Days of Significance (Guildhall School of Music and Drama); School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play (Lyric Hammersmith); We Need New Names (Fifth Word Theatre); Gone Too Far (Theatre Royal Stratford East); The Clinic (Almeida Theatre); Gloria (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland); Fair Play (Bush Theatre); Malindadzimu (Hampstead Theatre); Yerma (Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts); Dance Nation (Rose Bruford College of Theatre & Performance); Blank (Rose Bruford College of Theatre & Performance); Blood Wedding (Young Vic); Rosmersholm (Duke of York Theatre); Richard II (Shakespeare's Globe); This Might Not Be It (Bush Theatre); Cock (Chichester Festival Theatre); Noughts and Crosses (Liverpool Institute of the Performing Arts); On the Exhale (Traverse Theatre); And I dreamt I was drowning (Talawa); Yellowman (Young Vic); Kanye The First (HighTide); ALT Showcase (Southwark Playhouse); The Place Where We Lived (HighTide); B!RTH Festival (Royal Exchange); Wishlist (Royal Exchange / Royal Court).

TV & Film Credits: Bail (Franklyn Lane Film Productions)