WE HAVE WORK TO DO!
I recently returned from Zimbabwe, we held our yearly retreat while simultaneously conducting a training workshop with American Actor Ross Marquand. We then immediately continued with our Staged Reading Series/Director Mentor Program, this reading helmed by Kudzi Sevenzo. We also commenced preparations for our largest program to date, our collaboration with Ojai Playwright’s Conference where Artistic Director Robert Egan and Stephen Belber will come to Zimbabwe in May and curate our first ever Playwrights development festival: Almasi African Playwright’s Festival. It has been a busy month. But the moment that really hit me hardest throughout the time I was at home in Zim was a moment in the living room of an old friend. We sat and chatted about old times and our formative years in our beloved Harare and in the theater scene. He then said something that floored me, though I had heard variations of it previously, he said, “Zimbabwean Theater is Dead.” CONTINUE READING
Currently we seek partners to help make our up and coming inaugural Almasi African Playwrights Festival a reality. Any amount, large or small, has a massive impact on the success of this groundbreaking initiative. As we say in Shona, pane basa. We have work to do. And it will take a global village. But I am in it for the long haul. I hope you will join me.
THE MISSION & HEART OF ALMASI
Almasi* is a Zimbabwean American Dramatic Arts Collaborative Organization. Our vision is to professionalize the Dramatic Arts industry in Zimbabwe through education, facilitation and collaboration with professional American Dramatic Artists and Artistic Institutions. It is our goal to see the Zimbabwean dramatic artist developed to their fullest capacity, and to ensure that a legacy of great Zimbabwean dramatic works is ushered into fruition. Our mission is to inculcate professional values, skills and practices in the Zimbabwean Dramatic Arts. It is also our goal to create, promote and sustain international standards of excellence and ensure proper treatment of artists and advocate fair and equitable remuneration. We aim to build a self sustaining dramatic arts sector in Zimbabwe also through collaboration with seasoned, professional artists from The United States where the organization is also based… LEARN MORE
Julia Wharton on “Necessary Target”
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Kudzai on “Necessary Target”
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