Meaza Worku Berehanu

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

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