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My Directorial Debut

Posted by on Apr 21, 2015 in April 2015, Blog | 0 comments

My Directorial Debut

The Almasi Directorship program, has been an exciting journey for me. My first staged reading “Necessary Targets” under Julie Wharton’s directing, was really when it all began. I began to understand the complexity of directing a play, how important it was for actors go through the text in detail. I also learnt from the previous staged readings and from our mentor, the importance of making actors feel a sense of ownership of the production. I realized it is important to always be probing, asking questions while analysing, researching and allowing actors to find their own interpretations of the various characters while at the same time not losing the essence and intention of the playwright.

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We Have Work To Do!

Posted by on Apr 4, 2015 in April 2015, Blog | 0 comments

We Have Work To Do!

I recently returned from Zimbabwe; we held our annual retreat and simultaneously conducted a training workshop with American Actor Ross Marquand. We then immediately continued with our Staged Reading Series/Director Mentor Program, this reading helmed by local artist 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 playwright/screenwriter Stephen Belber are to come to Zimbabwe in May and curate our first ever Playwrights development program: Almasi African Playwright’s Festival. It was been a busy month. But the moment that really hit me the 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. Nothing is happening, the feeling of it, the life it used to have is gone. It’s dead”

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