Meet the Company
Joseph is a prominent author, playwright, cultural critic and director; and has won acclaim for major productions in North Sudan, including at the National Theatre of Sudan in Khartoum. Joseph founded the Skylark Dramatists' Association (South Sudan) in 1979; developed a popular form of southern Sudanese street theatre; and between wars organised drama competitions among the Drama Associations of Juba Town where he was Director of the Cultural Centre. Last year he sat on the advisory committee tasked with penning the new South Sudanese national anthem.
Derik is a Sudanese theatre practioner, actor, director and cultural activist, from Western Bahr el Ghazal in South Sudan. He is the Founder and Managing Director of the Kwoto Cultural Centre where his work has involved directing and touring international award-winning productions.
Nichola is coordinator for the production of Cymbeline and the SSTC. He studied acting and directing at the University of Juba, College of Art, Music and Drama and moved back to Juba from Khartoum in 2005. Nichola is a script writer and producer for Radio Drama.
Led by prominent southern Sudanese directors Joseph Abuk and Derik Uya Alfred, the company was formed in late 2011 from members of the Kwoto Centre (est. 1994), the Skylark Dramatists Association (est. 1979) and artists from the University of Juba.
Arkangelo is a dancer and actor and has been a member of the Kwoto Centre since its foundation in the early 1990s. He works as a chef in a local restaurant.
Esther is a long time member of the Skylark Drama Association and performed countless shows with Joseph Abuk including at the National Theatre in Khartoum. Esther is a talented radio drama scriptwriter and expert in Juba Arabic. She also teaches drama at the College of Art, Music and Drama at the University of Juba.
Margaret Kowarto is an actress from Torit in Eastern Equatoria but also has family in Aweil, northern Bahr al Ghazal State. She is a student at the College of Art, Music and Drama, University of Juba.
Francis is a freelance TV producer working for South Sudan TV and for international NGOs and the United Nations.
Dominic hails from Imatong in Eastern Equatoria State. He is an actor and director, with experience in Kwoto and other groups. He also works at the Ministry of Culture, Government of South Sudan.
Victor was a long time member of the Skylark Dramatists Association and performed countless shows with Joseph Abuk including at the National Theatre in Khartoum. He runs a local NGO and also works to support the South Sudan Old People’s Association.
Justin is an actor who was very active in Khartoum. He very recently moved from Khartoum to Juba.
Malai is a musician and actor from Abyei who has recently moved to Juba. He is completing a Masters degree at the University of Khartoum in folklore where is he focusing on the traditions of the Dinka Ngok. He has travelled extensively in Latin America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa performing as a singer and musician. Malai works as a proof-reader at the daily Arabic language newspaper, Al Masir.
James is a dancer and actor from Malakal in Upper Nile State and has been a member of the Kwoto Centre since its foundation in the early 1990s.
Butrus is an actor and director from Yambio in Western Equatoria State. He lived and studied in Khartoum before moving to Juba in 2005. He currently teaches at the College of Art, Music and Drama, University of Juba.
Luka is an actor who works as a local health care worker working in one payam within Juba.
Korino is an actor with experience in the Kwoto Centre. He also works as a primary school teacher, teaching Arabic language as a subject.