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Kudzai’s First Talk

Posted by on Jul 5, 2016 in April 2016, Blog, Kudzai Sevenzo | 0 comments

Kudzai’s First Talk

  Kudzai’s First Talk Harare, April 9th 2016 | Kudzai Sevenzo   Saturday morning turned out to be a cold and rainy day in Harare. Although we had advertised the Talk on social media and in the press; there was still that lingering anxiety that no one would actually turn up, as most people were commuting. We waited patiently at the venue where we had advertised to start at 10am. Much to my relief; our first guests arrived! It wasn’t long before more people started trickling in, despite the pouring rain. When we had gathered...

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The Rehearsal Room

Posted by on Mar 22, 2016 in Blog, Kudzai Sevenzo, March 2016 | 0 comments

The Rehearsal Room

I walked gingerly into the rehearsal room for Danai’s play “Familiar,” delighted that I had been allowed to become the proverbial fly on the wall (or so I thought) for this off-Broadway play at Playwrights Horizons. After meeting the playwright, director and incredibly talented cast, I sat quietly in a corner to observe. I was watching the perfect collaboration – a beautifully written play that was perfectly cast and a sensitive and intuitive director. It doesn’t get any better than this!

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My Audition Trek

Posted by on Mar 22, 2016 in Blog, Kudzai Sevenzo, March 2016 | 0 comments

My Audition Trek

When I received the Almasi’s cultural exchange artist grant I was thrilled. I also knew very well that I was embarking on one of the most challenging chapters of my life. Despite that, I had made up my mind: it was time for me to take this giant leap and apply for grad school. Almasi workshops had awoken in me a deep desire to be fully immersed in an acting program. Having no idea what to expect, I knew the best thing I could possibly do for myself was to pick the right monologue: something that truly resonated with me. As I prepared myself emotionally and mentally for the journey ahead, I was constantly aware of the fact that whatever I did I had to show my own uniqueness — not just as an individual, but as an African woman who had come all the way from Zimbabwe.

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Eye Opening

Posted by on Mar 20, 2016 in Blog, Kudzai Sevenzo, March 2016 | 0 comments

Eye Opening

My stay in New York has been so very rewarding and eye opening. Despite the fact that I left an intense heat wave in Harare to be welcomed by a blizzard in New York, I think I have adjusted pretty well to the weather! Soon after I arrived in New York, I met my acting coach, Susan, in person. I had my first couple of lessons with her on Skype, as she began assisting me long distance in preparation for my grad school monologues. I chose Eve Ensler’s Necessary Targets, as well as Othello, Macbeth and later, thanks to Danai, a much needed 4th monologue by Suzi Lori Parks: Venus. The final monologue helped me to show a lot more of my capabilities as an actor. I participated in 8 auditions as well as the regional Satellite auditions. I went on to receive 3 offer letters (E15 in the U.K, New York Film Academy, and Stella Adler). I have also received follow-ups and strong interest from 3 other schools who’ve yet to give me their final decisions.

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