The sixth edition of the Sanaa Theatre Awards went down yesterday at the Kenya National Theatre. The award ceremony was founded by veteran journalist and playwright George Orido in 2013 to recognize the field of performing arts in Kenya. Yours truly, KenyaBuzz was nominated for the category Best Theatre, Art and Culture Magazine.  The award ceremony was graced by Cabinet Secretary for Sports and Culture- Amina Mohammed as the chief guest. It was a star studded affair that brought together some of the most influential people in the art, culture and entertainment scene in Kenya. Check out the list of nominees below. Winners are highlighted in bold. Best Actor Abu Sensei – Too  Early For Birds, Tom Mboya Ian Mbugua  – Breathe II (Winner, tied) Bilal Mwaura – Impervious Bruce Makau – Free Fall (Winner, tied) Peter Kawa – Deliberate Contempt Xavier Ywaya – Lwanda Rockman Best Actress Alison Nyawira – Lwanda Rockman Sheila Munyiva – Sarafina (Winner, tied) Wakio Mzenge – Man Moments by Back To Basics Nice Githinji – The Dying Need No Shoes (Winner, tied) Best Actress in Supporting Role Mwikali Mary – Man Moments Sybil Mukandutiye – Sarafina (Winner) Wakio Mzenge – Impervious Pauline Kyalo – Deliberate Contempt Auudi Rowa – Man Moments by Back To Basics Best Actor in Supporting Role Ian Mbugua – Man Moments (Winner, tied) Bruce Makau – Impervious (Winner, tied) Sam Psenjen – All I Ever Wanted by Hearts Of Art Junior Nyongo – Too Early For Birds Martin Githinji ‘Sabela’ – Sarafina Best Director Nick Ndeda – Breathe II Mbeki Mwalimu – Impervious Stuart Nash – Sarafina (Winner) Lwanda Rockman – J.J Jumbi Mugambi Nthingi – Too Early For Birds Best Playwright Too Early For Birds – Tom Mboya Walter Sitati – Deliberate Contempt Justin Mirichii– Free Fall Biko Zulu – Impervious Xavier Nato – Son of Agich by Millaz Productions (Winner) Seth Busolo – Corporate Wife Best Production Lwanda Rockman (Winner) Man Moments Impervious Too Early For Birds, Tom Mboya Edition Sarafina by Nairobi Performing Arts Studio Best Musical Theatre Wicked by Karengata Players Lwanda Rockman (Winner) Sarafina by NPAS NBO Musical Theatre Initiative e.g. Pani Puri Wicked by Karengata Players Best Play in English Breathe II by Jackson Biko And Mbeki Mwalimu Too Early For Birds, Tom Mboya Edition Sarafina, NPAS Lwanda Rockman (Winner) Man Moments Best Producer Masuti Mwalimu (Winner) Gathoni  – Too Early for Birds Nice Githinji John Jumbi Stuart Nash Best Theatre, Art and Culture Magazine Kenya Buzz BD Life In Business Daily (Winner) People Daily Ketebul Research Series Best Art and Culture Writer Bill Odidi – Ketebul Amos Ngaira – Daily Nation Caroline Nyanga – Pulse (Winner) Best Supporting Institution Alliance Francaise (Winner) Visa Oshwal Community Kenyatta University Pawa 254 Best Performing Theatre Space Kenya National Theatre (Winner) Alliance Francaise Oshwal Community Centre Pawa 254 Michael Joseph Centre Most Improved Theatre Space Nakuru Players Theatre Michael Joseph Centre Nairobi Film Centre (Winner) Kenya National Theatre Little Theatre Club Mombasa Lifetime Achievement Award Jamal Nassasor – as Baba Junior, KTN (Winner) Judge – Vitimbi, KBC Susan Kadide, Mombasa Prof. Omondi Washington Best Production On Governance And Human Rights – Martin Luther King Junior Award Written On The Body by Andia Kisii, Directed By Mugambi Nthige Son Of Agich by Millaz Productions (Winner) Sarafina Deliberate Contempt He is Far Too Much, The Silent Itch, Mombasa Too Early For Birds – Tom Mboya Edition Black Republic Best Narrative Theatre Too Early For Birds – Tom Mboya (Winner) Random Stories Of Kauzi Dodo The Guitarist George Chunga – SMS Ogutu Muraya – Running Best Set, Light and Sound Design Lwanda Rockman Sarafina (Winner ) Black Republic Impervious Best Costumes Chatterbox Productions – Lwanda Rockman (Winner) Too Early For Birds, Tom Mboya Edition Sarafina By Nairobi Performing Arts Studio Black Monday by Khweva Players Best Tragedy A kiss through the veil Radicals Roll the dice Impervious Breathe II The Dying Need No Shoes (Winner) Best Comedy Because You Said So Heartstrings’ Cat And Mouse (Winner) Poison Ivy By Seth Busolo & Wholesome Entertainment Son Of Agich – Millaz Productions Best Dance Theatre Art In Motion Nutcracker Altarmin Origins’ Unflow Mid-Summer Night’s Dream By Dance Centre Kenya One Fine Day Ballet (Winner)   Best Production On Reproductive Health Written On The Body (Winner) Roll The Dice Nobody Can Stop Reggae Corporate Wife Best Production on Women’s rights and gender-based violence Heartstrings’ Cat And Mouse Poison Ivy by When Corporate Wife (Winner) Best Production On Child Rights And Protection Coast Chorus Music Academy Forbidden, Kabarak Primary  (Winner) One Fine Day Ballet Best TV Art and Culture Magazine The Trend, NTV (Winner) Tuesday Lifestyle, KTN East Africa Got Talent, Citizen TV Best Production On spoken word Poetry After Lunch (PAL) Ogutu Muraya’s ‘Because I Always Love Running’ (Winner) Mufasa The Poet Teardrops Best Production Primary School Forbidden Acts  – Kabarak Primary (Winner) Coast Chorus Music Academy –Mombasa One Fine Day Ballet   Best Production College and University – Prof Chris Wanjala Award Kenyatta University (Winner) Strathmore University University of Nairobi, Parklands Campus Best Live Music Performance – Daniel Pearl Award Akothee (Winner) Makadem Serro Distinguished Diaspora Award – Owiso Odera Award Ogutu Muraya with ‘On Thin Ice’ Makadem Wanjiku Victoria Seest (Winner) Nation Media Group The Standard KBC Mediamax

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