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IN THE MEDIA & PRESS
Fabulously Chaotic, Shakespeare in Love Celebrates Theater on Every Side of the Curtain
The Keegan’s intimate staging, with its exposed brick walls and location in the heart of Dupont Circle, currently bedecked in rainbows for Pride, is used in full by co-directors Ricky Drummond and Douglas Dubois, whose cast can be seen flinging merrily in and out of balcony doors and tavern drinking posts. The whole theater is employed; the Queen of England (Bianca Lipford) exits stage right, sweeping the audience with her brilliance and poise. As the real play unfolds, and the stage play struggles to get off the ground — though we know it will.
READ MORE in Washington City Paper
Keegan Theatre Announces Cast and Creative Team for the Upcoming Production of Shakespeare In Love
"As we all recover from years of devastation by the COVID-19 pandemic," Dubois adds, "this play is a timely celebration of the life of William Shakespeare, who, as a child, survived the plague, and, as an adult, stayed in London when others fled for fear of the bubonic plague. SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE brings such humor and laughter with an air of love, which our company of actors embody in their eclectic delivery of the roles. We are also reimagining Shakespeare's world, by paying tribute and being cognizant of all communities that must have lived and/or thrived in his time." READ MORE in Broadway World
THEATRE AS A FORCE FOR ACTIONABLE CHANGE
A panel of politically-mindful artists gathers to investigate theater as a means for political and social change. How do we rally our audiences and move them from their seats to the streets, the polling booths, the community centers? Moderated by Douglas Dubois these theatermakers discuss the changes they wish to see in the world, the methods they use to make change possible, and the potential of theater to achieve tangible results. INTERVIEW (left)
Douglas Sebamala: On Being Human
I believe gender equality conceives of prosperity in terms of deeper sources of durable human well-being. Women in my country have limited access to livelihood-enhancing opportunities and resources... it requires collective cooperation to create an environment conducive to cherishing all people in a non-discriminatory way. The stories in productions I develop or write and produce are rooted in challenges of young people like myself, women and minority groups. My new film Black Glove, currently in production, is for women empowerment in contemporary Uganda. READ MORE in LEFLI
PICTURES: See #Behind The Scenes Shots Of The Movie #Black Glove
In mid December, 2020 in Kampala, rehearsals got underway and the trailer was shot. Black Glove (a brainchild of Sebamala Arts) is setting out to be an unprecedented shot across the bow for the Ugandan film industry- a film of high fashion, of uncompromising quality seeking to make waves across the stream-scape and the festival circuit.
FILM CAN CHANGE THE UGANDAN STORY- SEBAMALA
Ugandan filmmaker and actor, Douglas Sebamala - best remembered as Simon in NTV's Second Chance - is set to produce his debut film, Black Glove... designed to change stereotyoes about Africans as wells as challenge harmful narratives about black people on the continent, WRITES Dennis Nsubuga.
THE MAKING OF BLACK GLOVE FILM: WHEN TALENT, PASSION AND RESOURCES MEET
Black Glove is directed by Angella Emurwon, a two-time BBC Radio Drama Award Winner. She has other accolades in her trophy cabinet including her debut short film winning the Mashariki African Film Festival in Rwanda. She says "We feel remaining local is the way we can be universal and have a global appeal... Our film is about us trying to challenge ourselves artistically and visually, while making a commercial product... we have the artistic, production and passionate abilities"
MOVIE BLACK GLOVE STARTS PRODUCTION IN KAMPALA
There are small droplets of blood trailing unevenly up the white tiled stairs in the fabulous Hotel Arcadia. The mind leaps to bad conclusions before remembering that this is the film set of a murder mystery after all, and one should come to expect such strange sights. The ‘who-done-it’ in question is the upcoming film Black Glove, a murder mystery of sorts that is positively drenched in Ugandan style and swag... The cast and crew rock masks on set emblazoned with ‘Sebamala Arts’ (the company behind Black Glove).
WHAT WILL IT TAKE TO END GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE
#Blog4Dev 2018 winner, Douglas Dubois Sebamala, says Uganda can use the arts to end gender-based violence." World Bank Africa.
Watch interview where he says the arts have impact in changing the mindset, and spark conversation amongst people like survivors of gender based violence, policemen, government officials... to talk about issues that matter...
UGANDA CAN USE THE ARTS TO END GENDER BASED VIOLENCE
Between July and September 2017, 23 women were brutally attacked, battered, raped and murdered by strangulation. Wooden sticks were found inserted in their private parts, each left for dead in the cold town near Lake Victoria, and with them - a wake of fear among women across the country... It will take more sensitization campaigns that utilize the power of the arts to end GBV. The arts have avenues that appeal to the human mind of reason, the heart of emotion and soul of conscience. They harness visual that appeals to thought and empathy, which can be used to start conversations about GBV, and therefore, break the silence.
WORLD BANK AWARDS UGANDAN BLOGGERS
In his blog, Douglas Dubois Sebamala makes a strong case for use of performance and creative arts to bring attention to gender-based violence, and help victims heal faster from their trauma. “Allowing creatives to share others’ stories through communal theatre pieces, anthologies, song or dance would have venting therapeutic resonance that can send information directly and return effective results faster than police threats of arrest," said Sebamala, an actor on NTV’s Second Chance series who also works as a Public Relations Officer and Marketing Manager for Silent Voices Uganda.
UGANDAN YOUTH WIN WORLD BANK #Blog4Dev YOUTH ESSAY CONTEST
The World Bank has announced the Ugandan winners of its annual #Blog4Dev youth essay competition. The three winners are Tendo Namata; Helda Mary Akongo, and Douglas Dubois Sebamala. They will join the official Uganda country delegation to the 2018 Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank Group taking place from April 13-22 in Washington DC, United States of America.
UGANDAN ACTORS SET FOR RWANDA STUDY TOUR
Uganda actors, Douglas Dubois Sebamala aka Simon and Shebbe Khan, also known as Tony, famous in the Ugandan TV series Second Chance, are expected in Rwanda for a five-day tour that will mainly focus on the creative sector. The duo is expected to arrive in the country on August 25th. They will also visit Kigali Genocide Memorial (KGM) Centre in Gisozi, to learn from the country’s tragic history.
MEET SELF MADE ACTOR IN UGANDA'S SECOND CHANCE
Douglas Sebamala is an actor, poet, singer, fashionista and a writer who recently came up on the entertainment scene for his role in NTV’s Second Chance as Simon. He fought his way up through handwork and self belief for the best. He started acting way back in nursery school where he first realized his talents after being told to replace someone who was absent. It is from here that he realized that he can actually act given the fact that he performed this excellently having rehearsed in one night.
KADS BRINGS ""GREASE" TO TOWN
The summer is done and what an unforgettable experience it was. Rydel High fancy boy, Danny Zuko (Douglas Dubois Sebamala), gets his crew the T-birds, envious with the juicy bits of his romantic rendezvous at the beach.
KADS TAKES ON BROADWAY
Much as the girls in pink seem to be self-driven, the boys always need the courage of their leader Danny Zuko (Douglas Sebamala) to get things moving. During summer, Danny and vacationing Sandy Olsson (Rebecca Richards) meet at the beach and fall in love. When the summer ends, Sandy, who is going back to Australia, frets that they may never meet again, but Danny tells her that their love is “only the beginning”.
"GREASE" SPREADS MESSAGE OF LOVE IN KAMPALA
Douglas Sebamala plays “bad boy” Danny Zuko and “the girl next door,” Sandy Dumbrowski, is played by Rebecca Richards. Sebamala said taking on the role of Danny was a challenge as well as a reassurance of his own abilities and gifts. “I knew I could sing and I’ve always been passionate about acting, but Grease made me believe that I can take on any character and give it life. Now I may consider a career in music,” he said.
THE REMARKABLY SELF STYLED DOUGLAS DUBOIS
Time and again, Campus Bee has stressed the fact that style is not following fashion trends but a deep understanding of oneself and the ability to express it in your dress code. No one brings out the true sense of our meaning better than Douglas Dubois Sebamala, a finalist of Journalism and Communication at Makerere University.... This fashion Icon is also a talented dancer doing; Latin, contemporary, barley, and modern dance. He is also a journalist working with Daily Monitor and Wiz Arts Media in Ntinda.
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