John Wasonga

Kenya - Theatre & Writing

John Wasonga

  • AGE : 38
  • COUNTRY of residence : KENYA

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A few words about your artistic journey

I began as an amateur actor in a community theatre group in Mombasa. A series of theatre trainings sparked an interest in me to become a full time theatre practitioner. Over the years I have garnered experience as an actor, radio voice artist, theatre trainer and now a theatre director.

How long have you been an artist ?

I have been an artist for 19 years. 14 years a performing artist and trainer, 5 years as a director.

Why did you apply for this grant ? How will the grant support you ?

Since Covid-19 began, I have tried to work on my theatre projects in vain, balancing the meagre resources available has not yielded fruits.
My planned shows were cancelled leading to loss in revenue.
This grant will cushion me financially to research and create work without worrying about my next meal.

What are your concrete artistic objectives after this residency ?

1. To demonstrate how fusing poetry, music dance ,drama can be used to amplify the voices of the voiceless(children).
2. To explore how theatre can be digitized through audio podcasts.