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Fumbani Innot Phiri

Theatre and Media Practitioner

Fumban InnotPhiri Jnr. is an Award-winning Co-director and two times best playwright for Theatre for young audience. He is a dramatist, journalist, and theatre educator who have produced dramas and workshops for broadcast, stage, community, radio, film, and schools. He is currently working at Story Workshop Education Trust as Scriptwriter, voice actor, He is also a theatre producer, actor, director, writer at YDC Theatre and studied Journalism and media studies at the University of Malawi-The Polytechnic.

Off stage, Innot has worked widely in theatre super vision for community drama and theatre for development. His also Festival Coordinator for the National Schools Youth Arts Festival (NASFEST) and a part-time director of drama; Joyce Banda Foundation, Stella Maris Secondary School and Mary Mount Girls secondary schools in Malawi. On the stage, Innot has worked as an actor, playwright, producer, and director. He has performed about 10 majors plays and writes approximately 20 productions to date. He also has experience in Radio-Plays; he is currently writing two radio series for a community young audience; “Moyo ndi Mpamba” and “Zimachitika” for Story workshop Education Trust.

In May of 2017 and 2018, Fumbani represent Malawi for ASSITEJ International Theatre for Children and Young People, which took place in Cape-town South Africa and Sweden respectively.

Three Actors are reflecting a Demonstrations, shouting toward an actor opposite of them in red.
Resurfacing Political Theatre: Sometimes in July

Resurfacing Political Theatre: Sometimes in July

A Discussion with Bright Phumayo Chayachaya

25 October 2021

Fumbani Innot Phiri Jr. speaks with Bright Chayachaya, the founder and director of Umunthu Theatre, about their production of Sometimes in July, a play based on the real-life demonstrations that occurred on July 20, 2011 in Malawi.

An image of six actors forming a semi circle around and actor standing on actors block , The actor on the block, is lifting food to their mouth with pained expression.
The Classical Theatre of the Oppressed

The Classical Theatre of the Oppressed

Adapting The Vagina Monologues in Malawi

13 April 2021

Fumbani Innot Phiri Jr. details the creative process of the production of The Vagina Monologues that took place during 16 Days of Activism in Malawi and offers his thoughts, as an audience member, on the show’s big impact.