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Meaza Worku

Meaza Worku, playwright, essayist, and a comic writer, is one of a very few Ethiopian women writers. She studied Theatre Arts at the University of Addis Ababa and went on to launch a career in acting and directing. Aquarachu/The short cut/ (2002) was her first drama directing on television, and Yekirbruk/short-sighted/ (2003) was her first television play. She then joined Fana Broadcasting Agency to work as a radio journalist and entertainment program producer, and produced more than 20 short radio plays, soap operas, short stories, articles &comic books.

Zinegnochu /Celebrities (2011), her first stage play, has been on show at the Addis Ababa Culture & Theatre Hall since April 2012. In 2011 she wrote her second play (first play in English) Desperate to Fight, which was selected for development by the Sundance Institute East African Theatre program. The play was read at the Theatre lab venue on Manda Island,Kenya and NewYork’s Barishinkov Theater in 2012. Desperate to Fight was also selected for the WPIC (Women Playwrights’ International Conference), held in Stockholm in August 2012. With the help of artiste grants received from Sundance Institute, the play is now in production and will be staged in Ethiopia in Amharic & English. Selections from this play will also feature at the 2012 Kwani? Litfest in Nairobi.

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