Ogutu Muraya is a theatre-maker and storyteller.
He engages the sociopolitical with the belief that art is an important catalyst for advocacy and for questioning our certainties. Ogutu recently graduated with an MA degree at Amsterdam School of the Arts - Das Theatre and previously studied International Relations at USIU-Africa. He has been published in the Kwani? Journal & Chimurenga Chronic, a 2010 Prince Claus Laureate. His performative works & storytelling have featured in several theatres and festivals including- La Mama (NYC), The Hay Festival (Wales), HIFA (Harare), NuVo Arts Festival (Kampala), Spoken Wor:l:ds (Berlin), Globe to Globe Festival (London), Ranga Shankara (Bangalore), Afrovibes Festival (Amsterdam), Spielart Festival (Munich) & within East Africa. He is a recipient of The Eric Brassem Exchange Certificat. Muraya also participated in the Zaaigoed artist-in-residence programme in Amsterdam through Get Lost (formerly Ervaar Daar Hier Theater), which brings theatre and dance from international performance traditions less known to the Dutch public to the Netherlands.
Ogutu Muraya is fond of writing and telling stories based on true events drawn past and living memories. His performance works strive to be entertaining and insightful while exploring and cross-examining complex cultural, social and political issues within Kenya and the region. He deals with political issues and with the belief that art is an important catalyst for advocacy, for questioning our certainties, and for preserving stories often “mis-told” or suppressed in the mainstream.