Kwame Owusu is a writer and director based in London. He is passionate about bold stories that amplify unheard voices and explore what it means to survive and be alive in the world today. His first play, RESIST, is about political radicalism, and his second, DREAMING AND DROWNING (Winner of the Mustapha Matura Award 2022) is about a young man navigating racism and searching for belonging. Kwame participated in the Bush Theatre’s Emerging Writers’ Group 2020/2021 and was commissioned for his third play, HORIZON, for the Bush Theatre’s 2022 community play. Kwame is currently writing an audio piece which will debut as part of the English Touring Theatre’s FUCKED UP BEDTIME STORIES (FOR ADULTS) project.
Kwame has recently directed STONING MARY (Arts University Bournemouth, 2022) and will be the Staff Director at the National Theatre on Rachel O’Riordan’s production of ROMEO AND JULIE in early 2023. He was the Resident Assistant Director at the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, 2021/2022 and is a Young Associate at the Gate Theatre. Other directing credits include POMONA (Edinburgh Festival Fringe); THE WOLF FROM THE DOOR (John Thaw Studio Theatre); ROTA (‘Shorts Festival’, Antwerp Mansion); and WHISKEY WEDNESDAYS (Kickitdown Productions).
Training includes: MFA (Distinction) Theatre Directing at Birkbeck, University of London (2020 - 2022), BA (1st Class Hons) Drama and English Literature at University of Manchester (2017 - 2020).