Nick Hadikwa Mwaluko

Nick Mwaluko was born in Tanzania and raised mostly in neighbouring Kenya plus other East and central African countries. Nick worked for Reuters News Agency’s regional headquarters in Nairobi, writing feature stories for thirteen different countries, including the Indian Ocean islands. Those stories grew into valuable source material for fiction. Published by UnCUT/VOICES Press, Nick’s play Waafrika is a three-part trilogy set in rural Kenya featuring an interracial relationship between a blond American woman formerly with the Peace Corps and a queer-butch womyn from the local Luo tribe named Awino. The play’s many awards include Best Lead Actress, Best Director, and Best Play. Of Nick’s six residencies, participation in Time Warner’s Emerging Writers’ Group (EWG) at The Public Theater, America’s largest non-profit theater company, stands out. He has also been an Artist-in-Residence at Thinking Cap Theater. Nick’s play S/He was remounted three times for Florida Gay Pride and published in Plays and Playwrights 2009. Other plays include Asymmetrical We, Blueprint for a Lesbian Planet, Queering Macbeth, Brotherly Love, Trailer Park Tundra, Once A Man Always A Man, Mama Afrika, Mwena Mweni, Cop and more. Nick held six residencies, most recently with Time Warner’s Emerging Writers’ Group (EWG) at The Public Theater, America’s largest non-profit theater company. Nick is Artist-in-Residence at Thinking Cap Theater. In addition to writing plays, Nick is currently writing a novel and contributes frequently to the The Huffington Post. Nick graduated with an MFA from Columbia University while a Point Scholar; received a B.A. in Literature-Writing from Columbia University with departmental fellowships and scholarships.

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