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Anna Maria Nabirye


Anna Maria Nabirye is a multi-disciplinary artist and performer working across visual arts, performance, fiction, documentary, theatre, screen, community gathering and fashion. Her focus is on amplifying the stories of marginalised peoples with an emphasis on Black Women in the western Diaspora through celebration and joy.

Recent works include The Funnest Room In The House Afterword, commissioned for Whitstable Biennale 2022, lead actor in mixed reality installation Last Time I saw Snow, Typeone, London Film Festival (nominated for Best Immersive Art & XR award), voice of the Mountain in Gelato Balleto, for Georgina Starr & Hermès, Medea in a solo adaptation of Medea at Wilton’s Music Hall with The Faction. Nabirye co-directed and performed in Ruptures with Noor Afshan Mirza and Brad Butler (London Film Fest/Home/Delfina Foundation). Other collaborations with Mirza and Butler include Hold Your Ground (FVU), Deep State. Her own projects include Motherhoody (with Jess Mabel Jones/Albany), and One Prick At A Time (with Jess Mabel Jones/Kings College).

Nabirye co-founded and runs Afri-Co-Lab, a creative community dreaming space in St. Leonards-on-Sea. Commissions and collaborations include The Royal Court, V&A, SBC, Brighton Museum, Guest Projects, Eggtooth, Home Live Art and De La Warr Pavilion. Acting credits include the National Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe, The Almeida, The Gate, Film4, BBC1 and BBC2. She is also an educator and director and has worked and created programmes for Yale School of drama, Carnegie Mellon, National Theatre Institute, Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, LAMDA, Half Moon YPT and London Philharmonic Orchestra’s Junior Artists.

Anna Maria Nabirye is currently collaborating with Annie Saunders on Up in Arms, a multimedia project exploring interracial friendship, anti-racism and feminism, which has been produced by Artsadmin since 2019.

Date Title Venue City
7 May 2023 Up in Arms: Live Performance De La Warr Pavilion Bexhill
4 February – 21 May 2023 Up in Arms De La Warr Pavilion Bexhill
5–7 February 2021 Up in Arms Hungry Eyes Festival
27 June 2020 Up in Arms at WOW Global 24 WOW Global 24
A portrait of Anna Maria smiling at the camera.
Anna Maria Nabirye. Photo by Emma Jane Richards.