Mercy Mirembe Ntangaare
Employment and Profession Career:
Dr. Mercy Mirembe Ntangaare is a playwright, creative writer, dramatic poet, folklorist, educationist, theatre maker and producer of young people’s theatre. She is Associate Professor of Drama at Makerere University which she joined as Lecturer in March 1995. She teaches dramatic literature and analysis, folklore including cultural identity studies, and arts marketing. She has conducted research and published widely in books and journals. Her current research interests are in cultural identities and e-publishing, particularly audio books, e-books, and drama portals.
Between 1984, the time she entered Makerere University for her first degree and 2001 the year she obtained her Doctor of Philosophy by collaboration between Makerere University and Universitaat Bayreuth in Germany, Dr. Mirembe Ntangaare trained variously in Drama, Theatre Arts, Folklore, and Arts Marketing. She holds a BA (A) Honours (2nd Class Upper), MA (Literature), Ph. D. and Certificates in Writing, Computer, and Web Design.
She has been at the forefront of nurturing children’s creative and performance talents since her work with EATI (Eastern Africa Theatre Institute) in 2000-2010 where she organized the first ever Regional Children’s Theatre festivals in Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania, and Kenya, respectively. Skills training in play and theatre making, its production and marketing as well as groups administration was done over the same period. The project was supported by Sida (Swedish International Development Agency). Then in 2012 to date, Dr. Mirembe Ntangaare has been actively involved in the children’s Reading Action Programme (RAP) of Lions Clubs International (LCI) and later (2013-2016) in the Reading for and with Children (RfC/RwC) project working with experts from the Early Childhood Development Programme (ECDP) of The Aga Khan Foundation. These same years have also seen Dr. Mirembe Ntangaare’s experimental theatre group, MEBO Theatre, founded in 2006, position itself as the leading producer of young people’s theatre in the country and, most probably, eastern Africa. Dr. Mirembe Ntangaare is committed to promoting literacy, particularly among young Ugandans, as the key to the realization of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Membership to and Work with Professional Bodies:
Dr. Mirembe Ntangaare has served her profession and community variously: Chairperson Board of Trustees of Uganda National Cultural Centre (UNCC) that oversees the Uganda National Theatre and the national art gallery at Nommo Gallery (January 2009-May 2015); Chairperson, Eastern Africa Theatre Institute (EATI) (2000-2003) and thereafter, Member; Vice Chairperson, International Drama/Theatre and Education Association (IDEA) 2008-2016); Member Uganda Women Entrepreneurs Association (UWEAL) since 2013; and Member, FEMRITE (Uganda Women Writers’ Association) since 2012.
She is Director, MEBO Theatre with a number of programmes that include Writing Skills training for school children and others since 2013; Children’s Readers Theatre and Club since 2013; the Theatre Book Shelf and Community Library since 2014; Tour/Caravan Theatre (Community Theatre) since 2014; Career guidance seminars since 2012; Arts, Theatre, and Culture Festivals, Exhibitions and Concerts since 2012; Children’s and Young People’s Theatre since 2006; Culture documentaries, books, and other publications. Highlights appear here below, on YouTube, and at www.mebotheatre.net and are available upon request.
Dr. Mirembe Ntangaare is a Melvin Jones Fellow (MJF), an Internationally Certified Trainer (FDI), and active member of the Lions Club of Kampala Central where she is past Club President. She championed the Reading for and with Children (RfC/RwC) Project with Lions Clubs International and The Agha Khan Foundation (2013-2015) which established 15 Community Children Libraries for poor children and those in disadvantaged communities in Entebbe, Kampala, and Wakiso. In May 2012, Dr. Mirembe Ntangaare wrote and produced a play for the Lions Multiple District Convention in Kampala titled, Knights of the Blind, which used music, dance and dialogue to highlight challenges of eye cataracts and preventable blindness among African communities. Lions have since 1925 committed to restore sight and campaign against preventable blindness. Currently, she is Convener for Information Technology for District 411B (Uganda and Tanzania) and Member of Environment Committee for the Lions Centennial Year 2016-2017.