Theatre director Mumbi Tindyebwa is the recipient of the 2015 Pauline McGibbon Award. She received the award today at the Dora Mavor Moore Awards news conference at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts.
“From an outstanding field of candidates, Mumbi was the clear choice,” remarked the jury. “Her work has the ‘wow’ factor. She is a forceful, authentic voice, and a leader of the next generation in Canadian theatre.”
About Mumbi Tindyebwa
- The founder and artistic director of IFT (It’s A Freedom Thing) Theatre, Mumbi is a Kenyan-born, Toronto-based theatre creator and director.
- She is currently the co-director for the AMY (Artists Mentoring Youth) Project and was a 2015 artist-in-residence at the University of Toronto.
- Working with companies like Obsidian Theatre, Canadian Stage and Buddies in Bad Times, Mumbi has directed and assistant directed a diverse selection of productions, co-productions and in festivals, including the Rhubarb Festival, Luminato, World Pride Toronto and the Festival of Ideas and Creation.
- Her directing highlights include Nightmare Dream (IFT Theatre/Newface Entertainment, sponsored by Obsidian Theatre), Because I Love You (IFT Theatre/TD Then and Now Festival) and Dancing To A White Boy Song (IFT Theatre/Newface Entertainment/Summerworks).
- Mumbi holds an Honours BA in Theatre from York University, a B.Sc. from the University of Toronto, and has participated in the Michael Langham Workshop for Classical Direction at the Stratford Festival.