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Kwame Kwei-Armah

Kwame Kwei-Armah OBE, an award-winning British playwright, director, actor, and broadcaster, is in his second season as Artistic Director of CENTERSTAGE Theater in Baltimore, Maryland.

At CENTERSTAGE he has directed The Mountaintop, An Enemy of the People, The Whipping Man (one of City Paper’s Top Ten Productions of 2012), for which he was named Best Director, and Naomi Wallace’s Things of Dry Hours. Among his works as playwright are Elmina’s Kitchen and Let There Be Love—which had their American debuts at CENTERSTAGE—as well as A Bitter Herb, Statement of Regret, and Seize the Day. His latest play, Beneatha’s Place, will debut in 2013 as part of The Raisin Cycle.

Kwame has served on the boards of The National Theatre and The Tricycle Theatre, both in London. He served as Artistic Director for the World Arts Festival in Senegal, a month-long World Festival of Black Arts and Culture, which featured more than two thousand artists from 52 countries participating in 16 different arts disciplines. He was named the Chancellor of the University of the Arts London, and in 2012 was named an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.