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.


Mugambi is a Kenyan actor, writer and director. He started out in Nairobi’s theatre scene in the early 2000’s, appearing in plays and musicals like ‘Twelfth Night’, ‘Fiddler On The Roof’and ‘Sarafina!’. He later had a brief career stint in Philadelphia’s theatre and film scene during the recession of 2008,
after which he returned home to land roles in the celebrated Kenyan films ‘Nairobi Half Life’ (2012) and ‘Stories Of Our Lives’ (2015).

Mugambi co-created and co-wrote ‘Groove Theory’, a musical TV series, after which he went into film, co-writing ‘Kati Kati’ (2016), which premiered at TIFF and won the FIPRESCI Prize, and ‘Supa Modo’ (2018), which premiered at Berlinale, and won over 50 prizes worldwide, including the ECFA Award for Best European Film For Children. His directorial debut ‘Lusala’ had its Kenyan premiere in June 2019, and will begin its worldwide festival run in January 2020.

Mugambi is also part of Kenya’s premiere improv comedy collective, ‘Because You Said So’, which hosts sold-out live shows bi-monthly.

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