Mukwae Wabei has a BA in Acting (Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London), an MA in Performance Studies (New York University), an MA in Producing Film and Video (American) and a terminal MFA in Film and Digital Technology (Chatham).
Professional actor credits are many and include Mass (Barbican Centre, London), the OscarTM nominated film Cry Freedom (Universal), Nuns on the Run (Handmade Films), The Crossing (BBC TWO), King, The Musical (Piccadilly Theatre, London), To Kill a Mockingbird and School for Scandal (Birmingham Repertory Theatre), Constant Star (City Theatre, Pittsburgh). She won Best of Pittsburgh for directing The Island (City Theatre, Pittsburgh) and is the recipient of multiple international arts grants and awards from the Heinz Endowments, The Pittsburgh Foundation,Legorreta Hernández Foundation, including the Heshima Lifetime Achievement Award for Cry Freedom from the Tazama Film Festival, for her contribution to women in African cinema.
She is an Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts at Towson University in Baltimore. Her scholarly profile reflects exploring self-determination and how the arts can engage publics through hybrid performance to redefine representation and citizenship. She has been a lecturer, visiting artist and scholar at the Norwegian Theatre Academy (Ostfold University), the University of Namibia, Carnegie Mellon University, Carlow College, Chatham University, University of Virginia as well as developing culturally responsive arts curricula for the Pittsburgh Public Schools in association with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and Gateway to the Arts. She currently has two original plays touring the US, Mexico, España, Perú, Argentina, Brasil, Wade in the Water, a hybrid ritual one woman show and Tierradentro in collaboration with Trioscuri, Madrid. As a screenwriting fellow with the Sundance Institute and Southern African Screen- writers Lab (SCRAWL), she is a pitching finalist at Sithengi Film and TV Market, South Africa and scripts include Wade in the water. She is currently in rehearsal with PhernEternity, a new play with music by Sophia Fern Brown, about the AKA sorority and the musical legacy of Omega Scott King.
Mukwae Wabei is a contributor to Afrikadaa, a Paris based journal of Afro art and design and the Independent Television (ITVS) blog and sometimes writes on her blog Cherry Ripe: Chronicles of a Rebellious Princess. She is a songwriter and producer on Two 1/2 years, a mix- tape album about the spirit of Juneteenth (iTunes, Tidal, Soundcloud) with international and national jazz and hip hop musicians. As the artistic producing director of global posse productions, inc., a non-profit that uses visual and performance arts media as vehicles for social change, she is an impact producer for media industries to promote social transformation on two documentaries currently in post production, Our Rhythym and Roofless.
As a princess from the Kingdom of Barotseland in southern Africa, her advocacy work includes being the Chairperson General of the Barotse National Freedom Alliance (BNFA), and a diplomat at the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) Brussels. Her social impact campaigns include coordinating human rights cases, writing global governance policy papers, delivering periodic reviews and lobbying on behalf of the People of Barotseland with Aceris Law and at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), Geneva.