Name: Leonidah Nanjala
Occupation: Performing Artiste Storyteller, Dancer, Actor, Singer
Location: Nairobi but began theatrical journey in 2005 as an actress in Mombasa County.
She was trained in Theatre for Development (TFD) and worked as a theatre artiste in various organizations in Mombasa.
Born and raised at the coast of Kenya, Leonida Nanjala began her theatrical journey in 2005 as an actress in Mombasa County. She was trained in Theatre for Development (TFD) and worked as a theatre artiste in various organizations in Mombasa. Organizing and carrying out theatre outreaches in communities using drama as a tool for community empowerment.
Leonida Nanjala was actually sent out by her family to “find herself” and she did “find herself”. She belonged to the artistic world. In this world, people are real. In this world, people live and don’t just exist. In this world, people are full of life.
In 2008, 2009 and 2010, Leonida went through yet another series of theatre trainings by The Theatre Company which made her realize her other artistic talents. She went Performance Skills Training Programme in 2008, Performance and Development Training Programme in 2009 and Trainers of Trainees in 2010.
In 2010, Leonida was part of a storytelling, dance and musical piece KigeziNdoto, a piece written and directed by MumbiKaigwa which toured East Africa.This is a piece that took her to another level as a performing artiste. She took the role of a dancer, storyteller and a tour manager. I t is during the tour that she wrote her first storytelling piece “Tema”.
Still in 2010, Leonida was part of the cast in Rogers Otieno’s musical play My Moving Home which also toured East Africa.
Leonida has been involved in various theatre workshop projects and theatre performances around East Africa. In 2011, she was involved in the Children’s theatre Workshop held at Lily pond Nanyuki by The Theatre Company.
January to August this year (2012) Leonida carried out a Theatre Therapy project for The Theatre Company at the Naromoru Disabled Children’s Home.
Leonida Nanjala dreams to make contemporary storytelling to be a highly celebrated, appreciated and well known form of art as a tool for entertainment and a tool for change.
18 months Plan
Leonida is currently working on a collection of storytelling pieces that she intends to use as a tool for Community empowerment and Theatre development skills.