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Bio

Makambe K Simamba is a Dora Award winning playwright and actor for her solo work, Our Fathers, Sons, Lovers and Little Brothers (b current performing arts).

Selected acting credits include Winners and Losers (Chromatic Theatre), A Chitenge Story (Handsome Alice), GIANT (Ghost River Theatre), Bea (Sage Theatre), SIA (Pyretic Productions), inVISIBLE (Handsome Alice), Burn Your Maps (Cinelou Films), Grand Army (Netflix), and Young Drunk Punk (Citytv).

Makambe is a national award winning playwright whose work includes Our Fathers, Sons, Lovers and Little BrothersA Chitenge StoryMakambe Speaks, MUD and The Drum Major Instinct.

She is 2020/21 Urjo Kareda Artist in Residence at the Tarragon Theatre, as well as co-host of the Blackstage Pass podcast at Cahoots theatre.

Makambe is a proud Zambian whose intention is to be of service through her ability to tell stories.

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Awards

  • Our Fathers, Sons, Lovers and Little Brothers – Winner of the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Play for Theatre for Young Audiences, 2019
  • 2020/21 Urjo Kareda Artist in Residence – Tarragon Theatre

Praise for MUD:
"MUD provokes us to consider how we are meant to function in a world with increasingly porous borders. These grand themes are tackled deftly by a writer with talent that resonates on global issues while focusing on an intimate love story."

Alberta Playwriting Competition 2012 Jury

Praise for MUD:
"Eclectic dialogue, exotic rhythms, and memorable characters play out in a terrific story about family secrets."

Alberta Playwriting Competition 2012 Jury