Past Projects: East Africa
The GoDown Arts Center
The GoDown Arts Center is a non-profit, multidisciplinary facility that serves as a base for the development of Kenyan and East African performing and visual artists. The Godown is located in an industrial warehouse, just a 10-minute ride from downtown Nairobi. The space, formerly car workshops covering 80,000 sq. ft., has been renovated and converted into workshops, studios, administrative facilities and rehearsal and performance areas which artists can use at subsidized rates. The Godown’s aims and objectives are to nurture excellence in cultural and artistic expression, and to promote these values among Kenyan and East African artists.
Created month-long training initiatives for the Bagamoyo Festival in 2000, with Opiyo Okach (Kenya), Warner & Consorten (Netherlands) and Roberts Levitow (USA)
Commissioned the Parapanda co-production of Tanzanian playwright Farouk Topan’s Mfalme Juha (2003), with Communicado Theatre’s Scotland team of director, designer and music director
Developed an East African/Polish/USA collaborative six week workshop (2002) taking place in the US (Towson University) and Poland (Warsaw Academy of Theatre), with Samuel Mwangi (Kenya), Deborah Asiimwe (Uganda), and Mrisho Mpoto (Tanzania).
Developed month long workshop with Sasha Pepelyaev (Russia) at the Godown, Nairobo (2003)
Developed three week workshop in directing/text analysis with Yuri Urnov (Russia) in Kampala