Hope Azeda

Hope Azeda

Theatre-Artist

Hope Azeda is the founder, artistic director of Mashirika Performing Arts and media company, a leading theatre company in Rwanda. She is also the curator of Ubumuntu Arts Festival. Major productions Africa’s Hope, which was performed in Kigali at the 10th anniversary commemoration of the genocide, and also at the G8 World Summit in Edinburgh in 2005. The play has toured globally. Hope also directed Shadows of Memory  for the 20th  genocide commemoration 2014 and Generation 25 in 2019. She has also been an artist in residence at the Institute for the Arts and Civic Dialogue in Cambridge Massachusetts, an alumni of Brown University International Advanced Research Institute in 2013, and a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab. Hope is also a fellow of the Africa Leadership Initiative.

In addition to her theatre work, she served as a casting director for the films Sometimes in April, Shake Hands with the Devil, Beyond the Gates, White Light, Africa United, and Our Lady of the Nile. Hope is also currently the curator of Ubumuntu Arts Festival, and the recipient of the Laureate of the John P. McNulty Prize 2018, a lifetime award by MAAFA, and the winner of the CEO Global Continental award in the category of arts and culture.