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A CONVERSATION WITH KAFUNDA KREATIVES
Just when we were starting to think that 2020 would end without any provoking and heart stirring theatre conversations or performances, Kafunda Kreatives invited Aganza Kisaka alongside Pamela Keryeko to scratch our theatrical bones in conversation.
The conversation centered on their journey as theatre practitioners and the gaps in the theatre industry especially in comparison to that in the western world such as Broadway. Both artists iterated that there is a lack of practical experience for those wishing to enter theatre, most knowledge of the field is theory based. They also expounded on the various, much needed, roles available in theatre and reasoned that these roles tend to go unnoticed because upcoming performers are more concerned with being in front of the limelight yet the performance wouldn’t even be a possibility if it were not for these less visible roles. Aganza pointed out that one major gap in the Uganda theatre industry is a service mindset. She suggested that perhaps one of the reasons we are not yet at the quality of a Broadway production is because we still lack a willingness to serve excellently and diligently.
We hope this will be the first on many appearances for Aganza at the Kafunda Kreative Kliniks. Visit the Kafunda Kreative Facebook page to find out more about their endeavors and catch a replay of the interview with the link below.
AGANZA TAKES ON A DIRECTING ROLE FOR A NEW M-NET TV SERIES
This fall, Aganza Kisaka had the privilege of joining nine other female writers to conjure and birth a new TV Series called Mama & Me under the close supervision of award winning writer and producer, Dilman Dila.
Soon after the writing process, Aganza took on the project as Director and got this baby dramedy on its feet. This is the first ever television series for Aganza to direct and as you can imagine of any massive feat, it came with much trepidation. But after a few weeks of potholes, rainy days, and insomnia, Aganza was still standing strong and delivered eight hilarious and dramatic episodes.
Mama & Me is set to grace our TV sets this November on Pearl Magic so keep your ears to the ground
PLAYWRIGHTS RESIDENCY WITH TEBERE ARTS FOUNDATION
The Tebere Arts Foundation playwrights residency took an interesting and exciting turn as Covid-19 presented the participants, with unique challenges: Online rehearsals and readings, online feedback sessions, online performances and a diverse international audience for the culminating dialogue of the works created during the three month residency.
Tebere Arts Foundation is unique in supporting new Ugandan work that can be viewed internationally and nurturing a generation of future Ugandan playwrights. Aganza highlights that she was honoured to participate as part of the premiere cohort to this venture. "I really benefitted from the dramaturgical support it wrought and the dialogue that was erupted about the new wave of online theatre. I can't wait to see an increase of Ugandan pieces and playwrights being featured worldwide."
During the residency, Kisaka finished her hour long play, Killing Time, that follows the journey of two comical middle aged village men who seek a better life. The play was directed by Amooti Wubosobozi and acted by Vicent Sekasanvu and Michael Sseggujja.
UGANDA FILM FESTIVAL BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
"Achieving the Best Supporting Actress Award was a pleasant end of year surprise of 2019 that came through a phone call" beams Aganza Kisaka.
When Kisaka won her first Award for Best Actress at Pearl International Film Festival, that too was a phone call surprise and she says that one of her actor friends told her that, "now that you have a PIFF award, you'll get a UFF Award." She doubted him but he was pretty confident and right . Despite this,her doubt increased when she saw the fiery line up of actresses in her category for the UFF Award. Thankful to have a legitimate work excuse to escape the red carpet event she promptly shut-out any hopes of win and focused on her tasks which was closing the Kampala International Theatre Festival.
The day after the awards ceremony, Kisaka narrates that her good friend and director, Aaron Zziwa called her in the and announced the great news. When she did not believe the news he hang up and called again for emphasis. This is only the beginning for Aganza Kisaka of many awards to come. A lady whose work speaks for her.
KAMPALA INTERNATIONAL THEATRE FESTIVAL 2019
Kampala International Theatre Festival (KITF) 2019 was held at the Ndere Cultural Center and the Uganda Museum from the 26th to 30th November 2019. The festival brought together renowned playwrights, directors and celebrated actors, costumers and stage designers from all over the world.
This edition invited productions and workshop readings from Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Zimbabwe, Palestine, Germany, and the United Kingdom.
This edition of the festival was led by the Tebere Arts Foundation, under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director, Asiimwe Deborah Kawe. Alongside her was Karishma Bhagani, Associate Artistic Director of Tebere Arts Foundation, Associate Producer Aganza Kisaka, and Faisal Kiwewa of Bayimba Cultural Foundation.
EMERGING ARTISTS INTENSIVE LAB
The Emerging Artists Intensive Lab is a two week long residency and creative lab series that provides artists with adequate resources to develop their work hosted by Tebere Arts Foundation.
In this years iteration of the program, Aganza Kisaka came on board to facilitate a voice and speech workshop where she used space, shape and movement exercises to get the artists out of their heads and into their bodies.
YOUTH FOR FILM PROJECT
The Youth for Film Project is an initiative by Film 256 to equip young film makers in the rural areas of Uganda with the basic skills they will require to make a film.
This iteration of the 10 day intensive lab took place in Kasese region and was facilitated by some of the leading women film makers in Uganda. Among them was Aganza Kisaka who taught a class on acting for the camera. The lab culminated in a film written, directed and performed by the 18 students.