Lead Artists

Jean-Paul Delore

Jean Paul Delore

Jean-Paul Delore: Director, writer and comedian under the direction of Bruno Boëglin, Yves Charreton, Robert Gironès and in his own shows. He has headed the LZD Lizard Drama company since 1997. Within the company, he has written and created: Encore (1992), Dommages (1995), Suite (1997), Divagations régionales (1998), Absences de problèmes (2000). He also directed the scripts of E.Delore (Départ 1982, Artic Bay, A L’Ouest, 1985) M. Bey Durif (Bleu de thury, 1990), E. Joannes (La forêt des Zuckers 1992), Rilke (La chanson d’amour et de mort, 1988), John Millington Synge (Deirdre Des Douleurs, 1993).

At the border of genres, his work pushes him between the 80s and 2000, meeting and creating with unusual groups: athletes, troubled youth, high school students … He created, for example Asvel pock ta pock with the professional basketball team of Asvel in Villeurbanne in 1984 and La Forêt des Zuckers with troubled youth in 1992.

His approach gradually led him to work with contemporary musicians and composers designing the outlines of an original theater musical (Les hommes aux Amandiers Nanterre in 1999, Mélodies 6 at the Villette Jazz Festival and at the Avignon Festival in 2001).

Since 2002 he has led the South/North Diaries, a mobile lab of theatrical and musical creations in Sub-Saharan and Southern Africa, Brazil and France, and then directed the shows: Foreign Affairs (2002-2004 / France and Africa), Songi Songi (2004 – Pointe Noire et Brazzaville), Un grand Silence prochain (2005 – France), Peut-être (2007 – Maputo), Le Récital (2008 – France), Kukuga Système Mélancolique 10 (2008/ 2009, Johannesburg, Maputo, Paris, Lyon). Numerous workshops and performances accompany the creation and dissemination of these shows in major cities of these regions and countries.

In 2011, Jean-Paul created Langues et Lueurs with Louis Sclavis at the Jazz Festival in Vaulx, and led the « North/South Diaries 20» in France and Brazil from November 2010 to July 2011.

Jean-Paul Delore is an associate artist with Théâtre Paris-Villette.

Production: Ster City

Mrisho Mpoto

Mrisho Mpoto

Professional achievements, attributions, awards and recognitions

Mrisho Mpoto is an international artist based in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania where he has his own theatre art company: Mpoto Theatre Gallery and music and film production studio. His Company is a sister company of Limelight Music in The UK and have many connections within Scotland, England and the USA. The organisation works with diverse artistic cultures producing new songs and films that aim to provide education to Africans; this includes music videos etc; designed to raise aids awareness, general health and environmental issues. Mrisho Mpoto is an experienced performer and writer with an international reputation. He is Africa’s number one Slam Poet and currently holds the title of third best in the entire world. Mrisho is a multi- award winning artist who is committed to developing the skills of young people in Africa so that they can find employment and engage in positive life choices.

Mrisho has worked at The Globe Theatre: London, The Tron Theatre: Glasgow, Macrobert Theatre: Stirling and The Russian Tanzanian Cultural Centre where he has performed works written by William Shakespeare, Forbes Masson, Gordon Dougall, Gerry Mulgrew and Farouk Topan. He is a well known artist with a massive public following in Tanzania and is a well respected arts ambassador for the country.

Mrisho’s music and poetry recently won him an award in Tanzania’ s annual music awards: Kilimanjaro Awards. In 2009, Mpoto continued emerging as one of the most prominent traditional artists in Tanzania and was named as one of the Zeze Award winners held at the Tanzania Art Institute (TaSUBa) in Bagamoyo. In the same year, his song NIKIPATA NAULI (literally If I get bus fare) became ‘song of the year’. In 2011, Mpoto received an invitation from the Sundance Institute East Africa to participate with other artists from around the world in a Sundance Institue scriptwriting ‘lab’: workshop, on developing a script of the book entitled “AFRICA KILLS HER SON” by Nigerian Nobel Prize winner Ken Sarowiwa. The script development workshop was held on Manda Island in Kenya.

Mpoto has performed a Swahili version of a play Merry Wives of Windsor written by William Shakespeare for The Globe Company and achieved five stars from The Guardian (UK) in 2012. www.worldshakespearefestival.org.uk

He is currently working closely in educational programs; with the Ministry of health and social welfare (Tanzania), Ministry of Science and technology, Ministry of Education and vocational training, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Finance, Alliance Francaise, Goethe Institute and the British Council.

Ambassadorial appointees

  • D LIGHT – This was a campaign run by FEMINA HIP in collaboration with D-Light Company from the Netherlands, which aimed to promote safe lights; solar lights to vulnerable children in rural areas.
  • Kick the Ball not the Child with DHL, ZANTEL and FIFA
  • Dance 4 life with Student Partnership Worldwide (SPW) creating HIV/AIDS awareness to adolescents.
  • Support Education in Primary schools rural areas – With Plan International
  • Da Slam- Celebrating culture through the use of artistic poetry. The festival is inspired by the creative International Poetry Championship Festival – Slam la Cour, France.
  • Save the Children Everyone campaign – To promote women dignity.
  • RED CROSS Ambassador
  • ANSAF Ambassador – To promote agriculture in Tanzania.
  • SPW Ambassador

Sitawa Betty Muragori

Sitawa Namwalie

Sitawa Betty Muragori is a poet, writer and performer. In 2008 her first dramatised poetry performance: “Cut Off My Tongue” was successfully performed in various venues in Nairobi. In 2009, her first book of poetry: “Cut Off My Tongue” was published. Later the same year, the show was performed at the prestigious Hay Festival in the UK. In 2010 Cut off my Tongue was selected by the Sundance Theatre Lab to its first East African Sundance Lab held on Manda Island. In the same year the show received a “Highly Commended” from the Freedom to Create, an international arts prize. In May 2012 two performances of Cut off my Tongue were held in Uganda.

In 2011, her second show of dramatised poetry called “Homecoming” was performed in Nairobi to rave reviews. In April 2012 Cut off my Tongue was selected by TED Talks in their global search for new and undiscovered performances.

In April 2014, Sitawa participated in the SPOKEN WORLDS project, between poets, hip hop and spoken word artists from Kenya and Berlin, Germany.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TNr0iPD2iwU

“Silence is a Woman” is her current project. In October 2013, Sitawa Namwalie premiered Silence is a Woman at Safaricom’s Michael Joseph Centre. The show was positively received by a full house audience.

Sitawa has worked in the development sector for many years with NGOs and with UNDP, USAID and IUCN. She currently works as a development consultant in East Africa, in the areas of environment, gender and governance. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Botany and Zoology from the University of Nairobi and a Master of Arts degree in Environment, Society and Technology from Clark University in Massachusetts, USA.

Production: Black Maria
Website: http://sitawanamwalie.kbo.co.ke/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sitawa.namwalie

Meaza Worku Berehanu

Meaza Worku

Meaza Worku, Ethiopian dramatist, is best known for her drama writing for radio, stage and comic books. She studied Theatre Arts at the University of Addis Ababa and went on to launch a career in acting and directing. Aquarachu / The short cut (2002) was her first drama directing on television, and Yekirbruk / Short-sighted (2003) was her first television play. She then keeps on writing short dramas and soap operas as well as plays for the past 12 years. She was also worked as a radio journalist and entertainment program producer, and produced more than 20 short radio plays, soap operas, short stories, articles and comic books.

Zinegnochu /Celebrities (2011), her first stage play, has been on show at the Addis Ababa Culture & Theatre Hall since April 2012. In 2011 she wrote her second play Desperate to Fight, which was selected for development by the Sundance Institute East African Theatre program. The play was read at the Theatre lab venue on Manda Island,Kenya and NewYork’s Barishinkov Theater in 2012. Desperate to Fight was also selected for reading at WPIC (Women Playwrights’ International Conference), held in Stockholm in August 2012. The play is also performed at the 2012 Kwani? Litfest in Nairobi in December 2012.

Meaza has always been ambitious in breakouts of the conventional creative periphery that she felt mostly cramped in to. With her first English play Desperate to Fight ,though, she made a daring effort to craft a unique writing both in its form and content. Her encounter with Sundance Institute Eastern Africa program also facilitated an enlightening branch-out not only to Eastern African region but also to the different part of the world theatre. Meaza is now devoting herself in working on Radio play projects as well as producing her own stage plays. Desperate to Fight is in the process of production by the artistes grant received from Sundance Institute.

Production: Desperate to Fight

Eric Wainana

EricWainaina

Eric’s music career first kicked off when he and some friends formed a cappella group straight after high school called Five Alive. The group was a runaway success and developed a cult-like following in Nairobi. When the group moved on to different things in 1997, Eric went on to join the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston-USA, where he completed a dual major in Songwriting and Music Production and Engineering.

Berklee Experience:

During his years at Berklee Eric worked to produce a sound that would be distinctively Kenyan, both in the music and the lyrics. He however maintained a solid presence in Nairobi, travelling home every year and releasing tracks that kept his place in the local chart music and in the hearts of the Kenyan public.

He was awarded the John Mayer Scholarship for his distinction in Songwriting and the ‘Yo Team Award’ for excellence in music amongst other distinctions. He maintains a close relationship with Berklee where he serves as a member of the African Scholars Award Board.

The Sound/Discography:

Eric’s music is a blend of Kenyan Benga rhythm and East African guitar sounds, with modern Western harmony. But what makes him one of the most well-loved musicians in Kenya is the political consciousness within his music.

One of his earliest compositions “Kenya Only “, later renamed “Daima” became an unofficial anthem and critical call to unity during several crises in Kenya. Through-out the 2007 post-election violence every radio and television station adopted the song as a call for peace.

Eric again topped the charts with his release of ‘Nchi ya Kitu Kidogo‘ in 2001, a song that launched his crusade against corruption in the country and its success was a testament for his ability to have his presence firmly within the public sphere.

Transparency International invited him to be an ambassador and in 2001, AfricaAlmanac.com listed him amongst the top 100 Africans of the year 2000, which included high profile names such as Nelson Mandela, Joseph Kabila, Yash Pal Ghai, Baaba Maal and Ousmane Sembene.

So provocative in its day was the song that the Moi government quietly banned it from the government-run national broadcaster, Kenya Broadcasting Corporation, but through the private media stations the song and its music video propelled Eric to countrywide fame. The song also earned him a prestigious KORA nomination for ‘Best East African Artist’, which he won.

“Sawa Sawa”:

His first record, ‘Sawa Sawa’, released in 2001 remains one of the highest selling solo albums in the country. In writing the record Eric was making a decided attempt to break away from the all too common American influence on new African music. The result was a record which won critical and popular acclaim. His adaptation of a Kikuyu folk tune ‘Ritwa Riaku’ was added to the playlist of every radio station in the nation, as was the title track ‘Sawa Sawa’, which 10 years down the line, still receives regular airplay.

“Twende Twende”

Eric’s Second Album – ‘Twende Twende’ was released in 2006 and displayed the musical maturity that comes from a full-time career in the music industry. The title track featured a collaboration with the legendary Zimbabwean musician Oliver Mtukudzi who had been a long-term musical influence of Eric’s. The popular tune was adopted by the telecom giant Orange to mark their entry into the Kenyan market.

Eric’s ‘Twende Twende’ album bagged 3 awards in Kenya’s Kisima Awards : Best Music Video, Best Afro-Fusion Artist and Best Song.

Current Record – “Love and Protest”:

Eric’s much anticipated 3rd album has been due for release since 2008 but he has pulled it back into the studio twice, determined to put out a record that completely reflects what it is he wants to say – musically and lyrically at that time. The album is now slated for release in April 2011.

Live Performances:

Eric has often been credited with re-energizing an ailing live music scene in Nairobi when he started playing weekly gigs first at Club Sound and later the famous Thursday nights at Club Afrique. In a media that was rapidly becoming obsessed with “celebrity culture”, Eric broke away from tradition and made it normal as a musician to be accessible and readily available to audiences with no fear of becoming “played out”. The weekly gigs became prominent feature of the entertainment scene and an available stage for many musicians to introduce themselves to audiences.

Festivals and International Performances:

As an accomplished stage musician, Eric has appeared on African and Global stages putting East Africa on the map as a space to look to for dynamic performers

  • Fifa World Cup – Closing Concerts Soweto FanPark (2010)
  • Fifa World Cup –Pre-Opening Concert (2010)
  • New York Musical Theatre Festival (2009)
  • Berlin Tour (2008)
  • Big Brother Africa Closing Concert – South Africa (2008)
  • Tribeca Film Festival : Opening Concert Alongside Jon Bon Jovi– NY, USA (2008)
  • Africa Day – South Africa (2008)
  • North Sea Jazz Festival – The Netherlands (2006)
  • Harare International Festival of the Arts (2003)
  • Festival Mundial- The Netherlands (2003)
  • The Kora Awards- South Africa (2001)
  • Switzerland Tours (2001 – 2005)

Musical Theatre:

In 2004 Eric Wainaina made another milestone on the Kenyan music scene when he premiered a 21- song musical theatre piece “Lwanda, Man of Stone”; 19 of which he wrote based on a local folk story. He successfully collaborated traditional instruments and styles of the Luo people of Western Kenya with contemporary urban Kenyan sound. The harmony is rich with modal colors, rhythmical enticement and ethnic groove. One of the first of its kind in Kenya, the show ran for a hugely successful theatre season and a concert version of the same show continues to be performed at major cultural events. The concert versions feature 10 of the songs from the work strung together with narration and world-class choreography.

Eric re-wrote the musical, resetting it as a modern story dubbed “Lwanda, a Ghetto Story”. Set in a modern day imaginary slum called Kwa Maji the musical revolved around the social and political struggles of a community radio DJ – Lwanda.   It was staged at the GoDown Arts Centre in December 2006 before going on a national tour in 2007 and 2008 and playing a total of 52 shows.

Later in 2008, he was selected by The Sundance Theatre Institute to attend a three week theatre workshop on the strength of his musical. A series of re-writes ended in a final script for the musical which was renamed: “Mo Faya!

Mo Faya!” made its international debut following an invitation to present at the New York Musical Theatre Festival where it was enthusiastically received, garnering a distinction at the festival for ‘Best New Male Performance’ of the festival. The play then returned to the GoDown Arts Center where it played for an additional 36 shows and also received the highest level of corporate support for a theatre production from Kenya’s leading telecommunications company – Safaricom Ltd.

The musical is currently back in workshop with the Sundance Institute to prepare the production for a global release.

Music for Film and Television:

In 2006, Eric wrote the musical score for a documentary based on the New York Times best-selling children’s book, ‘Owen & Mzee’, which is based on the true story of an unusual friendship between a young hippo, Owen, who was swept away from his family during the 2003 Tsunami and marooned on the Kenyan Coast, and a centenarian tortoise, Mzee, who lives at Bamburi’s Haller Park. The book was written by Craig Hatkoff, his 5 year-old daughter Isabella, and Dr. Paula Kahumbu. Eric attended and performed at the premiere of ‘Owen & Mzee’ at the renowned Tribeca Film Festival in New York in April 2006.

He later wrote an award winning score for Kenyan film maker Wanuri Kahiu’s film “From A Whisper” and further collaborated with her on the soundtrack of her film on Nobel laureate Wangari Maathai.

In 2009 Eric was commissioned to write the music for a ground-breaking children’s animated television series being produced by UK television production power house – Tiger Aspect. The show titled Tinga Tinga Tales, funded in part by the BBC and Disney, is currently on screens throughout Europe and the US as well as being a regular feature on local Kenyan television.

Peace Initiatives and Social Responsibility Work:

In light of the 2007 General Elections, Eric Wainaina spearheaded Umoja Pamoja : an initiative that aimed to get Kenyans, more specifically the youth foremostly to vote, and to do so peacefully and responsibly. The campaign culminated dramatically in an event where a human-chain was formed around parliament in a demonstration of unity and purpose.

Eric has held numerous social ambassadorships and has worked with dozens of development agencies as an advocate of their work.   This year Eric is committed to the following ambassadorships:

  • UN Messenger of Non-Violence
    (An recipient of The Escopetarra : Instrument of Peace. A machine gun converted into a guitar.)
  • UN MDG Africa Envoy
  • The UUNET Earwalk Ambassador
  • Chair of the Board – S.A.F.E.
Production: DJ Lwanda

Irene Sanga

Irene Sanga

Irene Sanga is an all round performing artist. Her talent emerged when she started working with Parapanda Theatre Lab in Tanzania, a well known theatre organization in East Africa. Irene worked with Parapanda for six years; started as a theater player, later she became Artistic Director.

Irene Sanga has been running workshops for 3 years to train Americans who volunteered in the fields of health and environment; the idea behind these workshops was to teach the volunteers how to use Community Theatre as a tool for education. The project was from Peace Corps.

On filming business she was producing a film called “Kolelo”, about an old legend in the 19th century around the mountain Kolelo;

Script writer of the film called “Chaguo” (choice), a film about making your choice to have only one lover, as a HIV-preventing tool (Femina Tanzania, being funded by Soul City from South Africa);

Director of “Crying Silence” under MFDI (Media for Development International), funded by the Tanzanian Ministry of Health. The film handled over the effects of the abuse of women.

Irene Sanga was the among of writers of the ‘TEAM’ an ongoing TV series which is currently broadcasted at Tanzania Television (EATV and ITV);

She was co-writer for a radio drama WAMOJA (52 episodes). These two were under the company ‘Search for the Common Ground’.

Further she was among of the writers for children TV shows called “Kilimani Sesame “

In the field of stage play Irene Sanga is writer for a stage play called SAFARI YA MWANDALE, which is still on process under Sundance Institute.

She was writing a lot of stage education plays, TV and Radio spots jangles and advertisement; she attended workshops and Lab’s in Kenya, Uganda, Zanzibar (ZIFF), with Sundance Institute in Manda (Kenya), Banff (Canada) and Utah (USA), etc;

Attended festival like Mundial in Holland, Ziff (Zanzibar), Kiff (Kenya), South Africa, Zambia etc.

Currently Irene works with youths; especially street children and children from underprivileged background. Her goal is to encourage and develop these young people’s talents, and support them to consider taking up theatre as a profession.

Irene is a singer, dancer, and poet-, script writer for TV / Radio, and story teller.

She has been in the field of performing arts for more than ten years.

Her dream is to become an International script writer for TV, stage plays and short stories.

Contact Information:

Irene Sanga
P.O Box 78667
Dar el Salaam
E-mail: ibununu@yahoo.com
Mobile: +255-713-452561

Production: Africa Kills Her Sun

Freddy Sabimbona

Freddy Sabimbona

Freddy Sabimbona (Burundi), actor, director, producer – as well as the founding Director of the satirical comedy group Troupe Lampyre – was born in Washington DC in 1982, Freddy studied at the Lumière University Faculty of Law before turning to a career in the performing arts. He started directing in 2007 with a play entitled “Le retour d’un jeune homme responsable qui s’abstient” de Patrice Faye after working for five years as an actor in Bujumbura, Burundi. Since founding Troupe Lampyre, he has participated in numerous international festivals and various programs focused on resolving ethnic conflict, including travels in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, L’Ile de La Réunion and France. In July 2011, he directed Mr. President, a play which talks about politics in Burundi from 1988 until 1993.

In 2012, he worked on “Dechirement” an autobiographical theater piece of Antoine Kaburahe that chronicles the sad events of 1972 in Burundi. He recently acted in two short films “ Le sixieme commandement” De Francine Munyana et “ Welcome Home” de Joseph Ndayisenga.

Production: Déchirement

Elizabeth Senja Spackman

Elizabeth Spackman

Play Writer-Actor

Elizabeth Senja Spackman has taught workshops in creative writing and performance at the National University in Butare and Ishyo Art Centre in Kigali. She worked with the group Art Works Ink to create the new theatre piece Sky Like Sky, which toured to the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, South Africa.

Elizabeth has an MFA in poetry from the University of Iowa’s Writer’s Workshop. She has worked intensively with Rhodessa Jones’s Project: Theatre for Incarcerated Women in the prisons of San Francisco, Pretoria, Johannesburg and Paris. Her curiosity about East Africa’s arts scene was sparked by winning the SLS Poetry Prize in 2009, which sent her to Nariobi and Lamu, Kenya. She has taught courses in writing, literature and film in institutions as diverse as the University of Iowa, Borough of Manhattan Community College, and Naselle Youth Camp for incarcerated youth. She currently teaches in the literature department at Kigali Institute of Education. Her current theatre projects are Frontiers, Run run run and Radio Play.

Production: Radio Play

Elidady Oswald Msangi

Elidady Msangi

Elidady is a music teacher and performer from Tanzania. He has been in the field as a musician and performer for the last sixteen years. Mr. Msangi has worked as a Music teacher, Choir Conductor and a Composer in Tanzania. He has worked with Parapanda Theatre Lab Trust (Tanzania) as a Head of music department for two years. In addition, Elidady has worked with Panto Music Production as a Music Director and conducts training in Genesis International Schools on how to
use music and sound effects in storytelling.

A graduate of Stavanger University College (Norway) and Bagamoyo College of Arts (Tanzania), Elidady has extensive International exposure with experience ranging from music, organizing workshops, trainings and theatre festivals. Elidady has participated in international and local performances, which have included Sundance Institute East Africa Lab on Manda Island-­‐Kenya, in 2010,Banff in Canada 2011, Utah and New York in United States 2012. 100 Performances in 7 Regions, About Human Traffic in Tanzania in 2009; he worked as a music director for theatre art on a collaboration between Parapanda Theatre Lab and Goethe Institute in Tanzania and has performed at the Sauti za Busara Festival in Zanzibar and Zanzibar International Film Festival.

Outside of Tanzania, Elidady has performed in 60 Performances in Rogaland, Norway under the support of Norwegian Concert Institute (NCI), and Music May Jazz, Stavanger, Norway. Mr. Msangi holds a Diploma in Music, he has IT skills in music Engineering and is skilled in using available features in a certain environment as a scenery for the music drama performances.

For the past two years (2012-­‐2013) Elidady has been a vocal trainer for singing competition known as Bongo Star Search and gave lessons in Bagamoyo College of Arts (TASUBA) this was just for short course students.

Asha Salimu Mshana

Asha Salimu Mshana

Tanzania

Asha Salimu completed her bachelor of the arts degree in 2008, followed by her masters, which she completed in 2010 specialising in theatre. After her studies Asha began work as an assistant lecturer at Dodoma University, Tanzania. In 2003 Asha Salimu founded and currently stands as director for Msonge Theatre Arts Group in Dar es Salaam.

Asha is married and has three children.

Production: Wimbo Wa Nyonga

Wesley Ruzibiza

Wesley Ruzibiza

WESLEY RUZIBIZA (RWANDA), one of Rwanda’s leading dancers and choreographers, is a 2010 Sundance Institute Theatre Lab on Manda alum. Born in Congo in 1980, Wesley began studying contemporary dance in 2000, at the National University of Rwanda (NUR) where he was pursuing his bachelor’s degree in financial management. He trained in African contemporary dance techniques with Arts Azimuts, part of the University Centre for Arts & Drama.

His professional training continues both nationally and abroad, including through artists’ exchanges and Germaine Acoigny’s renowned Ecole des Sables in Dakar, Senegal. Appointed as head of Dance Department in 2002, he has given workshops on contemporary dance at the NUR University Centre for Arts & Drama and at various programs in Rwanda and abroad. Wesley’s choreographic pieces have been showcased for major cultural events, such as the opening of the PanAfrican Festival of Dance (FESPAD), Rwanda’s Heroes’ Day, Genocide Commemoration Day, and the Under 20 African Soccer Cup.

Wesley was selected for a choreographic training in Ouagadougou and Paris, which led to the creation of the first professional contemporary dance group in Rwanda, the Amizero Company, of which he is now the director. Amizero Kompagnie’s play Baho won the Silver Medal for Rwanda at the Sixth Annual Jeux de la Francophonie, Lebanon.

Wesley holds a B.A. in Dance in Traditional and Contemporary African Style from the well known Ecole de Sables. Wesley has also worked with an international multicultural project for children, The Longest Story in the World, touring in countries including Romania, The UK, and Bangladesh. He is one of 20 gifted young choreographers from Africa and the African-Diaspora selected for the European Union program Chrysalides held in Senegal, Kenya and Burkina Faso in 2010, 2011 and 2012.

Works include: Des Espoirs, Ngwino Ubeho/La Pluie et Les Larmes, The Book of Life, Formatted, and Frontières.

Production: Radio Play

Angella Emurwon

Angella Emurwon

Uganda

Angella Emurwon is a writer and stage director based in Kampala, Uganda.

She first came to public notice when she won a BBC African Performance award for her play The Cow Needs a Wife in 2010. She has since written a short film How to Kill a Cockroach (2010), one act play Stress Management Online Ltd (2011), a radio play Blackberry Girls! (2012), and most recently Sunflowers behind a Dirty Fence a radio play which won the 2012 BBC International Playwriting Competition.

Though, Angella identifies primarily as a writer, she enjoys working with actors as a stage director. Beginning as assistant director on the successful staging of the well-loved musical Sound of Music (2010, ), she then directed the stage adaptation of The Cow Needs a Wife (2011, ), the controversial The River and the Mountain (Beau Hopkins, 2012, Tilapia/MishMash) and most recently Shakespeare’s Macbeth (2013, ).

That said, she is most proud of her high school theatre production initiative, Set the Stage, which ran its pilot production (2012) sponsored by Kampala Amateur Dramatic Society (KADS) featuring the talents of the book club at Nabisunsa Girls High School; the best stage adaptation of The Cow Needs a Wife to date. Angella enjoys mentoring and working with young people and believes that for a young person working on a theatre production is a practical way of learning how the world works.

Angella has a BA Communication (Cum Laude) from Daystar University, Kenya.

She is a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, New York.

Strings is her first full length stage play.

Production: Strings