Kwame Kwei-Armah

Artistic Director

Young Vic

About Kwame

Kwame Kwei-Armah is a British actor, playwright, director and broadcaster. In 2018 he became Artistic Director of the Young Vic, where he has directed Twelfth Night and Tree. From 2011 to 2018 he was the Artistic Director of Baltimore Center Stage, where he directed Jazz, Marley, One Night in Miami and The Mountaintop, among others.

Kwame was Artistic Director for the Festival of Black Arts and Culture, Senegal in 2010. He was an Associate Director of the Donmar Warehouse and has served on the boards of the National Theatre, Tricycle Theatre, and Theatre Communications Group. Kwame was the Chancellor of the University of the Arts London from 2010 to 2015, and in 2012 was awarded an OBE for Services to Drama.

In 2019 he was the Chair of the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting. Kwame is a patron of Ballet Black and a visiting fellow of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University.