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US college rescues Zimbabwean actor

13/08/2016 00:00:00
by Sharon Maposa
 
NAMA Best Theatre Actor 2011 ... Teddy Mangawa
 
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DELL`Arte African Fellowship Award winner and actor Teddy Mangawa, who has been struggling to raise funds for his stay in the United States received a shot in the arm after the college finally offered him free accommodation.

Mangawa, who got a one-year full-time training opportunity to study professional physical theatre at Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre in Northern California, is expected to leave the country for America early September.

However, despite being rescued with accommodation by the college, all seems not to be well for Mangawa who is yet to raise US$6,000 for other expenses in less a month.

In an interview with NewZimbabwe.com last Friday, Mangawa said the scholarship only covers tuition but the college offered him free accommodation, leaving him to cover the other expenses.

“In the meantime, we are trying to fundraise for airfares, insurance and living expenses for 10 months with help and support from Savanna Trust, International Theatre Institute, Rooftop, Matcmo, Doc Vikela and my fellow artists,” he said.

“I feel honoured and greatly appreciate this opportunity that I have been given. I`m also excited about going to further my studies in America as I believe that I am going to raise the country’s flag high and learn a lot more to improve myself as an actor.”

Mangawa began his acting career with the Mabvuku Cultural Drama Club in 2007 and the actor has never looked back. He has since risen to become an established and competent performing artist.

In recognition of his acting talent and contribution to the arts industry, Mangawa was awarded the Best Theatre Actor Award by the National Arts Merit Awards in 2011; and in 2013 he became the NAMA Best Theatre Actor nominee.

ITI/Dell`Arte African Scholarship was established by International Theatre Institute Zimbabwe and Dell`Arte International School of Physical Theatre to help Zimbabweans to go for training in the U.S.



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