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Adolphus was born and raised in Monrovia, Liberia and later relocated to Australia with his family due to the Liberian civil war. He developed a strong passion for acting after his grandparents introduced him to a wide range of movies at an early age. His early inspirations include Sidney Poitier, Morgan Freeman, and Taye Diggs.
As an immigrant seeking employment stability, Adolphus initially set aside his hopes to become an actor and completed a business degree at Flinders University in Adelaide, joining ANZ’s corporate banking team in Melbourne after graduation. After several years of work there, he made the decision to pursue his dream and passion for acting and packed up and moved to Sydney when he got the famous “you got in” call from NIDA.
Before commencing at NIDA, Adolphus performed in professional productions including Mr. Johnson, Skip Miller’s Hit Songs, Paper Plane and Titus Andronicus.
Adolphus is passionate about diversity and representation. He is one of the founding members of The BIPOC Group at NIDA which has been instrumental in facilitating conversations around the sometimes-unknown contributions of various cultures to the art and how these can be reflected in modern forms.
He is optimistic about the future and hopes to inspire other BIPOC artists to pursue their passion and dreams.
Exclusive access to Adolphus' ‘Unplugged’ video can be found here (password required).