The Kampala International Theater Festival is a 4-day festival organized each year in partnership between BAYIMBA Foundation and Tebere Arts Foundation as a platform that offers development of professionalism among theater practitioners and broadens access to Theatre by supporting and facilitating the presentation of Theatre productions.

This is achieved through the various workshops, jam sessions, productions and networking sessions that are programmed during the Festival.

The 7th edition is supposed to happen in November 2020 but due to Covid19 and how fast it spreads, we have decided to postpone the physical edition until further notice. We hope that an in-person gathering for our festival can be held again in 2021.

Karishma Bhagani

Karishma Bhagani is a director, producer, writer and historian. She recently graduated with a double major in Drama and History at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Born and bred in Mombasa, Kenya, Karishma has always had a keen interest in expanding performance opportunities and the arts sector within East Africa. Her research interests include, the intersections between rasa and traditional forms of oral storytelling in East and West Africa, and the manner in which performance is used as a tool for political mobilization.

She is interested in understanding the mythological, religious and spiritual seeds of performance traditions in and around the continent. Karishma’s most recent works include directing a reading of Adam Ashraf’s Jamestown/Williamsburg, assistant directing Asiimwe Deborah Kawe’s Appointment with God as part of the Playwrights Realm Festival, assistant directing the off-Broadway reading of Eh Dah? Questions for my Father, the Tisch STUDENTWorks production of The Gods Are Not to Blame(Producer and Director) and Tisch STAGEWorks mainstage production of One Flea Spare (Assistant Director).

Karishma currently serves as the Associate Artistic Director for the Tebere Arts Foundation in Uganda, Associate Producer for the Nairobi Musical Theatre Initiative in Kenya and the Education Apprentice for community partnerships at the Roundabout Theatre Company in NYC.

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