Asiimwe Deborah Kawe
Asiimwe Deborah Kawe was born in Kiruhura, in South Western Uganda. She is an award-winning playwright, producer and performer. Currently, the Producing Artistic Director of
Tebere Arts Foundation and Artistic Director of the Kampala International Theatre Festival.
Asiimwe has worked with the Sundance Institute Theatre Program; dividing her time between New York City and East Africa, she led the East Africa initiative, a program that covered the countries of Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda for six years. Ms. Kawe received a Diploma in Music, Dance and Drama, and a B. A. in Theatre and Performing Arts from Makerere University in Kampala-Uganda, and an M.F.A. in Writing for Performance from the California Institute of the Arts. Ms. Asiimwe’s recent plays include Red Hills, Forgotten World, Cooking Oil, Appointment with gOD, Un entitled, Do they Know it’s Khristmas? The Promised Land to mention but a few. Her radio play, Will Smith Look Alike won an award with the BBC World Service African Performance playwriting competition. Nobel Laureate Prof. Wole Soyinka, who was the judge of the competition had this to say about the play; “I thought the writing was very good and I became really caught up with the play wondering what the final denouement would be.” Asiimwe has been a writing fellow at the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, Germany, a guest Artist at Pomona College in California, USA and at the New York University in Abu Dhabi. She is currently one of the playwrights in residency at Residenz Theater in Munich.
Kenneth Kimuli a.k.a. Pablo is an actor, playwright and Uganda’s undisputed king of comedy. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Mass media, Journalism and Creative writing. Pablo was crowned at the Stand Up Uganda Mnet reality TV show in 2009 as the nation’s leading funny man. He cemented this status by providing a high quality televised comedy show “Pablo Live” complete with a dependable, hardworking crew and a bubbly audience, and this show has aired on one of the leading television stations in Uganda.
Pablo evokes laughter through clean humor and intellectual satire. He knows how to highlight the lighter side of serious issues on the social, economic, and political arena and as a result, his catchphrase “Happiness is killing me” has become a household statement to express joy, excitement, and victory.