Occupation: Actor, Theatre Director, Producer & Playwright
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twitter – @kigonduw / @pr3veilstages
Email – kigonduw(at)gmail(dot)com
From a family of teachers and poets, Kigondu started performing solo and choral drama and solo pieces quite young and throughout school. Amassing both school and church certificates and accolades gave him enough confidence and curiosity to start looking out for auditions at the National Theatre. He was picked on his first audition in 2007 and went on to do travelling theatre and set books at the National Theatre for a good three years. Before then, he had been actively training and writing drama and poetry for children and youth in schools and churches, which he continued in between his shows and travels. Kigondu then joined the Phoenix Players late 2009 as a volunteer assistant stage manager before finally gracing the stage at Phoenix in 2010 as an actor. Appearing sparingly at the beginning he soon establishing himself as a versatile seasonal actor who by 2014 was a frequent and popular actor at the Phoenix. In 2010 he had formed a theatre troupe – Face Veil Presentations – and they were doing theatre for development under NGO projects but went inactive early in 2013, and so he did these projects, his teaching at schools and churches – all in between his shows at the Phoenix Players. After featuring at the Phoenix for a good number of years Kigondu soon established himself as a director as well. The play Staircase by Charles Dyer, 2015 which he directed and co-played was his last production at the Phoenix Players after which Kigondu decided to revive his production skills. He produced – Who’s Your Daddy? – a string of monologues and music under his Prevail Stages Arts Company. The experience was quite humbling for Kigondu but that did not stop him from producing more. Prevail Stages staged his play – Love Bites – which was also adapted for the Theatre Company 2016 touring show Love Chats, where Kigondu is also doing a one man piece by Dario Fo on St. Francis of Assisi. Kigondu had began working with The Theatre Company of Kenya in 2014 as an actor and writer featuring in a show or two with a 6weeks training in 2014. Prevail Stages produces at least three more projects authored by Kigondu in 2016 featuring various actors, poets and singers. Godspeed.
Kigondu’s Vision Statement
To be the monumental performing artiste and playwright showing African theatre at its finest.
Prevail Stages Arts Company & Kigondu’s Mission Statement
To tell and create phenomenal Kenyan stories producing profound and progressive experiences professionally packaged.
Prevail Stages is an arts company that creates and produces profound and progressive theatre, literature and art events targeting urban contemporary art consumers.
Review in the EastAfrican
18 months plan
1) Get all my business papers, permits and accounts in check
2) Get office space for Prevail Stages Arts Company and a convenient rehearsal space
3) Have two permanent employees (Production, marketing, office and stage managers) and a third semi-permanent (Accounts).
4) Produce at least six plays (4 per year) at least two thirds Kigondu Martin scripts.
5) Have at least two independent theatre for development projects
6) Have at least three mentorship and three charity programs done
7) Start leadership and management classes.