Mararo Wangai

Perth, WA

I believe in the strength and importance of approaching subjects in an intimate and responsible manner. As a playwright I write not only what I want to see on stage, but also that which I fail to see.
Mararo Wangai

Mararo Wangai is a Kenyan-born writer, performer and media graduate, with a passionate interest in diverse forms of storytelling. His work strives to avoid simplistic narratives, assess society critically and tries to remain adaptive, organic and alive through its development, until the eventual encounter with an audience. He is attracted to stories that deal with the struggles of humanity, and creating work that not only tests his craft both in writing and performance but work that pushes him and his audience away from comfort zones, expectations and the mundane, into the unforgiving unknown where we might both learn deeper lessons for the next chapter.

Mararo was nominated twice for Best Supporting Male Actor for The Advisors, 2017 and Improvement Club, 2018 Performing Arts WA Awards as well as Best Mainstage Production and Outstanding Performer in a Lead Role for Black Brass in 2022. He was awarded the prestigious Arts Award at the 2023 Western Australian Multicultural Awards for his work in championing diversity in the arts.

Mararo is currently working on the development of a new work with Belvoir Theatre Sydney and Arts House Melbourne, the development of a TV Series with Screen West and Screen Australia as well as a debut music album with Mahamudo Selimane to be released in 2024.

In everything we do, we acknowledge that we live on Aboriginal land and constantly learn from the wisdom of First Peoples.

Where we are and the history that precedes us informs how we work and how we move forward.