Nyambura M. Waruingi
Creative & Cultural Entrepreneur in Nairobi, Kenya
After 13 years in Film & TV production, I launched The Hingston Group to leverage Africa's untapped cultural capital across media platforms. I began my career in Montreal, Canada working in creative development, film production, special projects management, marketing and outreach for organizations such as the National Film Board of Canada, Igloolik Isuma Productions, and Institut du Nouveau Monde. I have also developed media-arts and circus-arts community based initiatives with Canadian Aboriginal communities. My M.A in Media Studies from Concordia University in Montreal focused on Cultural Policy, TV and Film Production, and Cultural Studies, greatly influencing my approach to developing and producing projects that push creative, cultural and social boundaries. My short film, ALWAYS, was awarded Quebec Government Young Creators Screenwriting Grant and Montreal’s Women in Film and Television twice awarded me screenwriting mentorships to work on ALWAYS and ZARA. In July 2012, I wrote, directed and produced the web series, MARIA'S BOYS, a fun and quirky series set in Montreal. October 2012 marked my directorial debut in Nairobi with the Pulitzer Prize-winning play, WIT, by Margaret Edson, staged in memory of Kenya's Nobel Laureate Prof. Wangari Maathai. WIT was produced by The Arts Canvas. In October 2013, I directed the critically acclaimed, STEEL MAGNOLIAS, at Phoenix Theatre of Nairobi. Over three seasons (2013-2015), I penned 10 episodes, for popular TV drama, RUSH, produced by C-Through Productions. RUSH was nominated for Best TV Series at the 2015 AMVCA. In November 2015, I directed, ROOM OF LOST NAMES, a play by Sitawa Namwalie, which premiered at KIFT.