Iyanifa Sarah Fajalabi Roche

Iyanifa Sarah Fajalabi Roche

  • Creative Director, Theatre for Justice

  • Board of Directors, Member

  • Board of Directors, Executive Committee - Member


After receiving her Bachelors’ Degree in Biology with emphasis on Pharmaceutical research from Indiana University (IU), Iyanifa Sarah Fajalabi Roche went on to work as manager of a medical clinic for two years before continuing her education at the University of Cincinnati.  While studying for her Engineering Degree, which she received in 2000, Iyanifa Sarah Fajalabi Roche worked as junior scientist to Dr Tony McGoron in Hematology/Oncology researching new methods of averting the negative effects of cancer cells and developing the precursor to the process of freeze-drying platelets for long term storage, which was published in the American Journal of Clinical Pathology. 


Roche has been involved in all aspects of Phase I through IV pharmaceutical research: instituting new screening processes and procedures for Neuro-Science; maintaining and monitoring study protocols and activities; insuring that FDA regulations as well as private pharmaceutical requirements are met in a timely efficient manner.


Theatre was Roche's Minor at Indiana University (IU), with emphasis on Creative Writing.  She produced, directed, built stages and acted in theatre at IU and on PBS local television in Gary, Indiana.   She won awards for Best Technical Stage Design and Costume Design for The Oz;  Special Effects, Prop Construction, Sound and Lighting for Aida;  Makeup, Technical editing, Stage design, Costume design for Dream Girls.  She is an Honorary member of the Alpha Psi Omega Theatre Society.


Roche taught Creative writing for displaced teens at Chicago’s Alternative Schools, 1987-1990, effectively helping a quarter of the drop out population to receive their GEDs.  In the late 80’s and early 90’s WAIF88.3 FM radio played a series of African Historical segments written by Roche.  During that time, Iyanifa Sarah Fajalabi Roche also played in the first violin line-up with Chicago. Philharmonic Orchestra.