Josette is Principal and CEO of The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.
Born in London and based in Sweden from 2005-2021, Josette is an active spokesperson for inclusive arts and politics.
Previously, she was the Head of Acting at Stockholm University of the Arts, Sweden; Artistic Director for The National Touring Swedish Deaf Theatre Ensemble Tyst Teater (CREA) Riksteatern; the Founder and Artistic Director of PUSH, a Black-led theatre festival with the Young Vic Theatre; and co-founder of PUSH’s sister organisation in Sweden, TRYCK.
An award-winning actor and director, her career has included performances with the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre and the Manchester Royal Exchange. She has served on the board of the Swedish Film Institute, as chairwoman for CinemAfrica, a Swedish Non-Profit organisation devoted to celebrating African and Diaspora film culture, is currently on the Board of Trustees for the University of London and Hackney Empire, and is Patron of the Unity Theatre, Liverpool.