Kwame Kwei-Armah

Writer / Director / Actor

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Assistant: Amy Sparks

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Acting

Kwame was Writer in Residence at the Bristol Old Vic 1999-2001 where he wrote three plays - A Bitter Herb (Winner Peggy Ramsey award), Blues Brother Soul Sister, and Big Nose.

His triptych of plays set in the habits of the African Caribbean community - Elmina’s Kitchen - Fix Up and Statement of Regret premiered at the National Theatre between 2003- 2007, with Elmina’s Kitchen transferring to the London’s West End, (The First African Caribbean playwright to have had that honour ) Baltimore and Chicago. Amongst other accolades he has won the Evening Standard Charles Wintor Award for Most Promising Playwright, Screen Nation Award for Favourite TV Actor, 100 Black Men of Britain PublicFigure Award, GPA Man of the Year and The RECON Community Leadership award 2007. Kwame has been nominated for a Lawrence Oliver Award and a BAFTA. He received an Honorary Doctorate from The Open University in 2008.

Kwame made his directorial debut at Baltimore’s Centerstage directing the Macarther award winning playwright Naomi Wallace’s Things of Dry Hours in early 2007. He directed the Pultizer nominated playwright Esa Davis’s Ten minute play Dave Chappelle Was Right for the 24hr plays on Broadway and went on to direct his own play - Let There Be Love at the Tricycle Theatre London.

Kwame has appeared on Newsnight Review, The Culture Show, Question Time and Newsnight Review, and is often heard on BBC Radio 4. He has written articles for The Independent, The Telegraph, The Evening Standard, the New Statesmen and The Observer.

Kwame is a trustee of The Roundhouse, The National Theatre and the Tricycle Theatre and LEAP.

As an actor Kwame played Finley Newton in the BBC’s Casualty 1999-2004 has recently been seen in the TV series Hotel Babylon , ITV’s LEWIS and the film Fade to Black.

Kwame is the Artistic Director of the CENTERSTAGE THEATRE in Baltimore, and has relocated to the USA with his family.

Kwame was presented with an OBE in the summer of 2012.

Film

ProductionCharacterDirectorCompany

CUT THROAT ISLAND

Renny Harlin

FADE TO BLACK

Joe Black

Oliver Parker

Fragile Films

I COULD NEVER BE YOUR WOMAN

Amy Heckerling

MY WEST

Pacific Pictures

THE THREE KINGS

Casper

Shaun Mosley

Wandering Star Films

Television

ProductionCharacterDirectorCompany

SKINS

Trainer

E4

ALICE IN WONDERLAND

Mad Hatter

Brian Izzard

Channel Four

BETWEEN THE LINES

Det. Colin Smithson

BBC

BIRTH OF A NATION

Paul

Mike Leigh

Channel Four

CASUALTY

Lloyd

Chris Lovett

BBC

CASUALTY

Finlay - series regular

Various

BBC

CROSSING THE BORDER

Nelson

Roger Tong

BBC

ESCAPE FROM KAMPALA

Joshua

Roy Battersby

BBC

EXPERT WITNESS

The Gambler/ Robert Mantac

Cameron McAlistair

LWT

FILE ON JILL HATCH

Gary

ABC/BBC

GAME RANGER DIARIES

Presenter

Tigress Productions

HORNE & CORDEN

Kathy Burke

Tiger Aspect

HOTEL BABYLON

Hutch

Andy Hay

carnical TV

INFINITY DINER

Mark Holness

INSIDE A GUNSHOT WOUND

Present

Granada

LATCHKEY KIDS

Duke Binns

Horace Ove

Thames

LEWIS

Lord Adebayou

Stewart Orme

ITV

LYTTONS DIARY

Wesley

Thames

ON TOUR WITH THE QUEEN

Presenter

Various

Lion TV - 4 x 1hr

P.D. JAMES - AN UNSUITABLEJOB FOR A WOMAN

C.I.D Officer

John Strickland

BBC

RAGTIME

Fix It

Bian Izzard

Channel Four

ROBIN HOOD

De Fourtnoy

John McKay

BBC

SKIN

Narrator

LWT

SURVIVAL

Narrator

Rockhopper - 8 x 45min films for the BBC

THE BILL

Thames

THE CULTURE SHOW

Anchor

Various

BBC

THE KNOCK

Keith Washington

LWT

TRAUMA AFRICA

Presenter

TRAUMA UK

Presenter

BBC

Stage

ProductionCharacterDirectorCompany

AMADEUS

Venticelli

Claire Venebles

Crucible, Sheffield

BLUES BROTHER, SOUL SISTER

Andy Hay

Bristol Old Vic

BLUES IN THE NIGHT

Man in Saloon

Chris Monk

Salisbury Playhouse

CARMEN JONES

Simon Callow

Old Vic, London

CARMEN JONES

Steven Pimlott

Crucible, Sheffield

CHOO CHOO CHA BOOGIE

Sweet Tongue

Andy Hay

Octagon Theatre, Bolton

CLASS K

Josh

Braham Murray

Royal Exchange, Manchester

CRICKET AT CAMP DAVID

Calvin

Romy Baskerville

Octagon Theatre, Bolton

ELEGIES

Doug

Bill Russell

Criterion

ELMINA'S KITCHEN

Deli

Angus Jackson

Garrick Theatre/Birmingham Rep/ RNT

FAMILIAR GROUNDS

General Doggo

T-Bone Wilson

Theatre Crease

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

Charlton

Sally Aprahamian

Perspective Theatre Company

FRANKIES FRIENDS

Frankie

Clare Grove

Derby Playhouse

HENRY IV PART II

Hal

Nancy Ruthven

Indian Tour

HUCKLEBEERY FINN

Jim

Stephen Daldry

Oxford Stage Company

MAID MARION AND HER MERRY MEN - THE MUSICAL

Barrington

Andy Hay/ Tony Robins

Bristol Old Vic

MAMA DECEMBER

John

Alby James

Temba Theatre Company

MIDNIGHT HOUR

Bennie

Andy Hay

MOLL FLANDERS

Miles

Derby Playhouse

MOZART & SALIERI

Mozart

Stephen Daldry

Crucible, Sheffield

STATE OF PLAY

Winston

Royal Exchange, Manchester

STREETWISE

Angel

Alby James

Temba Theatre Company

THE GODS ARE NOT TO BLAME

Chief Balogan

Yvonne Brewster

Talawa Theatre Company

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

Tom Robinson

Kenneth Alan Taylor

Nottingham Playhouse

TRIBUTE TO THE BLUESBROTHERS

David Leland

Whitehall, London

TRIXIE'S CAFE

Bailey

Derby playhouse

UMOJA

Guest Performer

Rani Dabrai

Zons Tours

WILLIAM WILBERFORCE

Pitt

Westminster Productions

WOZA ALBERT

Percy

Lawrence Boswell

Pocket Theatre, Cumbria

Other

ProductionCharacterDirectorCompany

A BITTER HERB

Theatre Royal Bristol Old Vic

Andy HayWINNER: Peggy Ramsay Bursary (1998)

BIG NOSE

Belgrade Theatre CoventryCo-written by Chris Monks

BLUES BROTHER, SOUL SISTER

Theatre Royal Bristol Old Vic

Andy Hay

BLUES BROTHER, SOUL SISTER II

Theatre Royal Bristol Old Vic

Andy Hay

ELMINA'S KITCHEN

International tours / Garrick Theatre, West End

Angus Jackson

ELMINA'S KITCHEN

Royal National Theatre & televised for the BBC

Angus JacksonWINNER: Evening Standard Charles Wintour Award for Most Promising PlaywrightNominated for an Olivier Award & for a BAFTA (Best New Writer)

FIX-UP

Royal National Theatre

Angus Jackson

HOLD ON

Durham Theatre Royal

Andy Hay

HOLD ON

National Tour

Andy Hay

LET THERE BE LOVE

Stageplay

Tricycle Theatre

Kwame Kwei-Armah

LET THERE BE LOVE

Tricycle Theatre

Kwame Kwei-Armah

MUGABE - THE EARLY YEARS

BBC Radio 4

NEW DAY

Royal National Theatre

STATEMENT OF REGRET

Royal National Theatre

Jeremy Herrin

THINGS OF DRY HOURS

Stageplay

Centrestage, Baltimore

Naomi Wallace

THISTLEWOOD

Feature

Commissioned by BBC FILMS

WALTER TULL: FORGOTTEN HERO

BBC

Alrick Riley

Film, TV & Theatre

Kwame was Writer in Residence at the Bristol Old Vic 1999-2001 where he wrote three plays - A Bitter Herb (Winner Peggy Ramsey award), Blues Brother Soul Sister, and Big Nose.

His triptych of plays set in the habits of the African Caribbean community - Elmina’s Kitchen, Fix Up and Statement of Regret premiered at the National Theatre between 2003- 2007, with Elmina’s Kitchen transferring to London’s West End (the first Afro-Caribbean playwright to have had that honour) Baltimore and Chicago. Amongst other accolades, Kwame has won the Evening Standard Charles Wintour Award for Most Promising Playwright, Screen Nation Award for Favourite TV Actor, 100 Black Men of Britain Public Figure Award, GPA Man of the Year and The RECON Community Leadership Award 2007. Kwame has been nominated for a Lawrence Oliver Award and a BAFTA. He received an Honorary Doctorate from The Open University in 2008.

Kwame made his directorial debut at Baltimore’s Centerstage, directing the MacArther Award winning playwright Naomi Wallace’s Things of Dry Hours in early 2007. He then directed the Pultizer nominated playwright Esa Davis’ ten minute play Dave Chappelle Was Right for the 24hr Plays on Broadway. Kwame went on to direct his own play - Let There Be Love at the Tricycle Theatre, London.

Kwame has presented Newsnight Review and The Culture Show, has been a panelist on Question Time and Newsnight Review, and is often heard on BBC Radio 4. He isa regular columnist for The Guardian and has written articles for The Independent, The Telegraph, The Evening Standard, the New Statesmen and The Observer.

As an actor Kwame played Finley Newton in the BBC’s Casualty 1999-2004 and has recently been seen in the TV series Hotel Babylon , ITV’s LEWIS, Skins (E4) and the film Fade to Black.

Kwame is the Good Will Ambassador for Trade for Christian Aid. He is a Governor at The University of the Arts London - A trustee of The Roundhouse, The National Theatre and the Tricycle Theatre and LEAP.

Kwame is the Artistic Director of the CENTERSTAGE THEATRE in Baltimore, and has relocated to the USA with his family.

He was awarded an OBE in Summer 2012.

 

Theatre

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ONE LOVE: THE BOB MARLEY MUSICAL

Birmingham Rep

Director

ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI

Donmar Warehouse

Director

MARLEY

Center Stage Baltimore

Director
World Premiere

ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI

Center Stage Baltimore

Director

AMADEUS

Center Stage Baltimore

Director

DANCE OF THE HOLY GHOSTS

Center Stage Baltimore

Director

THE MOUNTAINTOP

Center Stage Baltimore

Director

AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE

Center Stage Baltimore

Director

THE WHIPPING MAN

Center Stage Baltimore

Director

THINGS OF DRY HOURS

Center Stage Baltimore

Director

TWELFTH NIGHT

Public Theatre New York

Director

COMEDY OF ERRORS

Public Theatre New York

Director

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING

Public Theatre New York

Director

DETROIT '67

Public Theatre New York

Director
World Premiere

THE LIQUID PLAIN

Signature Theater New York / Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Director
World Premiere

PORGY & BESS

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

Director

Television

ProductionCompanyNotes

SKINS

E4

HORNE & CORDEN

Tiger Aspect

LEWIS

ITV

HOTEL BABYLON

carnical TV

ROBIN HOOD

BBC

CASUALTY

BBC

P.D. JAMES - AN UNSUITABLEJOB FOR A WOMAN

BBC

INFINITY DINER

THE KNOCK

LWT

EXPERT WITNESS

LWT

CASUALTY

BBC

BETWEEN THE LINES

BBC

SKIN

LWT

THE BILL

Thames

FILE ON JILL HATCH

ABC/BBC

ALICE IN WONDERLAND

Channel Four

LYTTONS DIARY

Thames

LATCHKEY KIDS

Thames

BIRTH OF A NATION

Channel Four

CROSSING THE BORDER

BBC

ESCAPE FROM KAMPALA

BBC

RAGTIME

Channel Four

Documentaries

ProductionCompanyNotes

INSIDE A GUNSHOT WOUND

Granada

TRAUMA AFRICA

TRAUMA UK

BBC

ON TOUR WITH THE QUEEN

Lion TV - 4 x 1hr

SURVIVAL

Rockhopper - 8 x 45min films for the BBC

Factual Entertainment

ProductionCompanyNotes

GAME RANGER DIARIES

Tigress Productions

THE CULTURE SHOW

BBC

Other

ProductionCompanyNotes

MOZART & SALIERI

Crucible, Sheffield

BLUES BROTHER, SOUL SISTER

Bristol Old Vic

STATE OF PLAY

Royal Exchange, Manchester

BIG NOSE

Belgrade Theatre Coventry

Co-written by Chris Monks

BLUES BROTHER, SOUL SISTER

Theatre Royal Bristol Old Vic

STATEMENT OF REGRET

Royal National Theatre

BLUES BROTHER, SOUL SISTER II

Theatre Royal Bristol Old Vic

BLUES IN THE NIGHT

Salisbury Playhouse

STREETWISE

Temba Theatre Company

CARMEN JONES

Old Vic, London

THE GODS ARE NOT TO BLAME

Talawa Theatre Company

THINGS OF DRY HOURS

Centrestage, Baltimore

CARMEN JONES

Crucible, Sheffield

CHOO CHOO CHA BOOGIE

Octagon Theatre, Bolton

CLASS K

Royal Exchange, Manchester

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

Nottingham Playhouse

THISTLEWOOD

Commissioned by BBC FILMS

CRICKET AT CAMP DAVID

Octagon Theatre, Bolton

TRIBUTE TO THE BLUESBROTHERS

Whitehall, London

TRIXIE'S CAFE

Derby playhouse

ELEGIES

Criterion

UMOJA

Zons Tours

ELMINA'S KITCHEN

Garrick Theatre/Birmingham Rep/ RNT

ELMINA'S KITCHEN

International tours / Garrick Theatre, West End

ELMINA'S KITCHEN

Royal National Theatre & televised for the BBC

WILLIAM WILBERFORCE

Westminster Productions

WOZA ALBERT

Pocket Theatre, Cumbria

FAMILIAR GROUNDS

Theatre Crease

WALTER TULL: FORGOTTEN HERO

BBC

A BITTER HERB

Theatre Royal Bristol Old Vic

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

Perspective Theatre Company

AMADEUS

Crucible, Sheffield

FIX-UP

Royal National Theatre

FRANKIES FRIENDS

Derby Playhouse

MUGABE - THE EARLY YEARS

BBC Radio 4

HENRY IV PART II

Indian Tour

HOLD ON

Durham Theatre Royal

HOLD ON

National Tour

HUCKLEBEERY FINN

Oxford Stage Company

LET THERE BE LOVE

Tricycle Theatre

LET THERE BE LOVE

Tricycle Theatre

MAID MARION AND HER MERRY MEN - THE MUSICAL

Bristol Old Vic

MAMA DECEMBER

Temba Theatre Company

MOLL FLANDERS

Derby Playhouse

NEW DAY

Royal National Theatre

Film

ProductionCompanyNotes

I COULD NEVER BE YOUR WOMAN

Alan Latham

FADE TO BLACK

Fragile Films

THE THREE KINGS

Wandering Star Films

MY WEST

Pacific Pictures

CUT THROAT ISLAND