Karishma Bhagani

Associate Producing Director, Nairobi Musical Theatre Initiative

Associate Artistic Director, Tebere Arts Foundation

Karishma Bhagani is a producer, director, dramaturg, and emerging scholar. She recently graduated with a double major in Drama and History at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Born and bred in Mombasa, Kenya, Karishma has always had a keen interest in expanding performance opportunities and the arts sector within East Africa. Karishma’s most recent works include co-producing the Kampala International Theatre Festival, directing readings of new work as part of the Nairobi Musical Theatre Initiative, directing a reading of Adam Ashraf’s Jamestown/Williamsburg, assistant directing Asiimwe Deborah Kawe’s Appointment with God as part of the Playwrights Realm Festival, assistant directing the off-Broadway reading of Eh Dah? Questions for my Father, the Tisch STUDENTWorks production of The Gods Are Not to Blame( Producer and Director) and Tisch STAGEWorks mainstage production of One Flea Spare (Assistant Director). Karishma currently serves as the Associate Artistic Director for the Tebere Arts Foundation in Uganda, Associate Producing Director for the Nairobi Musical Theatre Initiative in Kenya and the Education Apprentice for community partnerships at the Roundabout Theatre Company in NYC.

a colorful written diagram titled "Glocal Pedagogy"
Undoing Post-colonial Structures in Theatre, Starting With Zoom Convenings
Essay

Undoing Post-colonial Structures in Theatre, Starting With Zoom Convenings

19 November 2020

Karishma Bhagani, Adam Ashraf Elsayigh, and Taiwo Afolabi—three fellows of the Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics at Georgetown University—talk about their learnings from creating and participating in a weeklong Zoom convening.

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The Marriage of Music and Story
Essay

The Marriage of Music and Story

Redefining Kenyan Identity Through Musical Theatre

29 June 2020

Karishma Bhagani asks: “How do we, the Kenyan artist community, choose to understand our place in this contemporary, independent nation? And how do we use our art to express the realities of our contemporary experience in Kenya?”

The Stories Women Carry
Series

The Stories Women Carry

Creative Practice of African Women from the Continent

“The Stories Women Carry: Creative Practice of African Women from the Continent”