Hope Azeda

Founder and Artistic Director, Mashirika Creative and Performing Arts

Membership:  Class of 2013 (Mawimbi)


Hope Azeda is one of the leading figures in contemporary Rwandan theatre. She is the founder, artistic director of Mashirika Creative and Performing Arts, a leading theatre company in Rwanda. Under her direction, the group collaboratively created Africa,s hope, which was performed in Kigali at the 10th anniversary commemoration of the genocide, and also at the G8 World Summit in Edinburgh in 2005.The play also toured in the UK in 2006 and 2008 and also featured in the biennial festival in Sweden in 2008, In 2012 Africa’s hope made it’s premier in Los Angeles USA.

Ms. Azeda’s work as a writer, performer and teacher has taken her to many theaters and universities around the world, including the Biennial Festival in Stockholm and the Caravan Festival in Copenhagen, the International Festival of the Arts in Sophia-Bulgaria and tours of the USA, Canada, Austria, Italy,Germany, South Korea, Japan, Italy Australia, South Africa and Northern Ireland. She has also been an artist-in-residence at the Institute for the Arts and Civic Dialogue in Cambridge-Massachusetts, an alumni of Brown University International advanced research institute in 2013, and a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab , Ms Azeda is also a fellow of the Africa Leadership Initiative (ALI-ASPEN-Institute) .Hope Azeda was also the creative director for the 20th genocide commemoration 2014.

In addition to her theatre work, she served as a casting director for the films Sometimes in April, Shake Hands with the Devil, Beyond the gates, white light Africa United . Hope is also currently the curator of UBUMUNTU ARTS FESTIVAL




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