Arinzé Kene was born in Lagos, Nigeria and raised in London. Alongside his writing he works as an actor.
Arinzé is currently writing a new play, MISTY for the Bush Theatre, which was part of their RADAR festival 2015. GOOD DOG was written on attachment to the Royal National Theatre, it will be produced by Tiata Fahodzi in Spring 2017.
In addition to his stage work, Arinzé writes for the screen. His original feature film, SEEKERS, was on the Brit List 2015. His original feature CURE was developed by Sixteen Films.
Arinzé was commissioned by BBC in-house to write an original 60 minute drama provisionally entitled SECOND GENERATION. He was involved in the storylining and development of the second series of Big Talk’s YOUNGERS for E4, in which he played Ashley. He wrote an episode of the third series of E20 on BBC3 and was subsequently part of an EASTENDERS trial scheme. Arinzé was named as a Screen International UK Star of Tomorrow in 2013 and was invited to take part in the Channel 4 Screenwriting Course in 2012.
GOD’S PROPERTY ran at Soho Theatre in 2013, co-produced with Talawa Theatre Company. Prior to that, Arinzé was on attachment at the Lyric Hammersmith in 2012 as a recipient of the Pearson Playwrights’ Bursary. LITTLE BABY JESUS, ran 2011 at Oval House Theatre, where his play ESTATE WALLS also ran in 2010. WILD CHILD was performed in 2011 as part of the Rough Cuts season at The Royal Court.
He was named Most Promising Playwright at the Off West End Theatre Awards for ESTATE WALLS in 2011, which was also nominated for Best New Play.
Arinzé was a member of the Young Writers’ Programme and Writers’ Super Group at the Royal Court Theatre. He was part of Soho Theatre’s Young Writers’ Group and was chosen as one of their Hub Writers. He was shortlisted for Off West End’s 2010’s ‘Adopt a Playwright Award’ and the 2009 Alfred Fagon Award.