A Message from our Founder and Director Alison Shan Price MBE (awarded for services to Dramatic Arts in Kuwait and The Middle East)
Welcome to Season 2019-20!
Happy New Year and a creative new decade! It has been 20 years since we launched our first multicultural theatre training programmes in Kuwait, in 1999, under the name KAST and I am so proud of every single alumni, no matter what field they went into. All are unique and pass on their creative talent.
We have a tremendous programme scheduled for you this Season at One World Actors Centre.
Hitting the ground running, from September to December our Education Department ran our interactive and empowering YAS Young Actors Studio and Actors Studio (16+) training programmes at TAQA Productions Studios, which included the interactive Living History workshop: Gertrude Bell Explores Arabia in association with The Children’s Art Workshop CAW at The DAI Amricani Cultural Centre.
OWAC’s Production House opened the Season, in September, with a Theatre-in-the-Round production of the heart-warming play of Michelle Magorian’s children’s book, adapted for stage by David Wood, and under license by Samuel French Ltd. Goodnight Mr Tom hosted by TAQA Productions.
We followed this closely, in October, with our original production, for the Gulf Festival The Place I Call Home, of At Home with the Dicksons at the Dickson House Museum, as part of the 120 Year Celebrations of UK -Kuwait Friendship, kwuk120, sponsored by the British Council, The National Council for Culture Arts & Letters, The British Embassy, DAI & Ffotogallery Wales.
In November, Hamad al Jenaie’s HAMLET by William Shakespeare, as part of the 25th Cultural Season of Dar al Athar al Islamiyyah and The National Council for Culture Arts & Letters, took Kuwait by storm. It included schools & university session for examination purposes and Media interviews.
In December, we were delighted to present our OWAC & THE KUWAIT CENTRE LAMDA Examinations Award Ceremony kindly hosted by international art patron Sheikha Paula al Sabah in which we were honoured to present The Dame Judi Dench Shakespeare Award to Hamad al Jenaie, of Kuwait. Thank you so much for your tremendous support Dame Judi!
In January, we celebrated entering the new decade by relocating our training programmes to Dar al Athar al Islamiyyah, Yarmouk Cultural Centre and thank H.H. Sheikha Hussa al Sabah, Director General of the Dar and Al Sabah Art Collection, for her tremendous support. We thank Hooda Shawa and TAQA Productions for their invaluable support over the years.
Auditions have begun for our 2020 productions and we are excited to announce that our I AM Woman workshops will be held in celebration of International Women’s Day on 7th March at DAI, Yarmouk Cultural Centre entitled Safe Space To Creative Space.
Wishing you every success in your creative ventures!
Congratulations Hamad al Jenaie, Director, Actor and Recipient of The Dame Judi Dench Shakespeare Award !
Hamad (dir: Woman in Black, Sweeney Todd, Shakespeare in the Park) is an Associate Artist of One World Actors Centre, holding Gold Medals at Grade 8, in Musical Theatre & Acting from LAMDA, London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, and the LAMDA Shakespeare Certificate (with Distinction). Hamad is also the recipient of The Adam Darius Award for Exeptional Performance, 2017, and The Alison Shan Price Award for International Drama, 2018. It is a privilege to have Hamad as a member of our Creative Team.
Wishing all our LAMDA Examination candidates (aged 5 to 65!) every success in UK accredited LAMDA Performance and Communication Examinations in May, 2020.