Runako Jahi

Runako Jahi served as Artistic Director of eta Creative Arts Foundation for twenty-four years. He is also a director, playwright, actor, graphic artist, and poet. In an effort to create material specifically designed for youth audiences, Mr. Jahi has developed an impressive body of work that includes: A Place To Be Me; The Positive Evolution Of Bongo Baker; Ama and The Magic Toy Box; Kasimu & The Coconut Palm; The Reading Machine On Sunnyside Lane; What Shall I Tell My Children? (musical biography about the life and career of Dr. Margaret Taylor Goss Burroughs), and Have You Seen My Daddy? In addition to his theater production work, he teaches drama to youth and adults. In May/October of 2005, Mr. Jahi coached Jennifer Hudson for her audition for the highly-acclaimed musical, Dreamgirls. Over time, Runako Jahi became the recipient of numerous awards, including: the Paul Robeson Award, the Lorraine Hansberry Award, the Monarch Award, the Black Theater Alliance Award of Merit, Ndigo Magazine’s Tribute To Men Award, the Keeper of Tradition Award, the Chicago Defender’s 2010 Men of Excellence Award, numerous play-directing awards and nominations; most recently, the Alyo Award from the Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago, 2013.