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SPOTLIGHT ON ACTING COACH, THEATRE DIRECTOR AND ACTOR ROGERS OTIENO

Gerald Langiri
January 01 / 1970

Besides being the founder and creative director of Nairobi-based InterTeam Theater, Rogers Otieno is also an acting coach, theatre director, and speech and drama teacher, specializing in the LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts) system. An experienced screen and stage actor, he has starred in notable productions including roles as Ben in "Block D" that aired on Africa Magic, Sanjeev in the NTV Production "Higher learning", Drogba in "The Agency" shown on M-NET Africa, Sibid in "Help!" and Angry man in "Soul Boy."

His sterling performances earned him a nomination as "Best Male Actor in Drama Series" during the 2011 Kalasha Awards.

Otieno's role as a playwright and director started immediately after high school when he mobilized groups in the community. He encouraged them to devise and present skits that would promote social change in as much as they entertained. He has trained more than 2,000 theater practitioners throughout East Africa.

Rogers Otieno

As a director, he has several successful plays under his belt including "Githaa…Validating Dreams" (2006 -2014), "Fire By Ten" series short plays (2007 -2009), "Finding the tamed wind", "Shungwaya Connection", "Irodha Irodhi', "Excess" and the hip- hop drama. As It Was. He also wrote and performed "My Moving Home" in 2010 and directed the same play in 2014.

Rogers has created successful and engaging projects such as Ignite Gumzo, an After Work Art Club, Kids Drama Club, Jambaz TV Show that ran on QTV, Holiday drama club, monthly theatre shows and theatre for schools.

Mr. Rogers Otieno is an alumnus of the Sundance Institute and fellow of the Sundance Institute East Africa. He is also a member of the Kenya Cultural Centre, Kenya Actors Guild, Arterial Network, Art My Family and Kenya Council of Theatre Producers. His love and passion for the arts is summarized through this quote by Ananda Coomraswamy; "An artist is not a special kind of person but every person is a special kind of artist."

 Get updates from Rogers on his Facebook Page here

For some acting inspiration, knowledge and insgiht, follow his blog http://anactordevelops.blogspot.com/

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