Lydia Gitachu – Teacher Chebii
She likes to call herself a creative entrepreneur. Lydia Nyambura Gitachu is well remembered for playing Teacher Chebii in Tahidi high, the Citizen TV high school drama. In 2010 she did a three-month tour in the UK with a theatre company known as Trestle Theatre Company before she did a BBC TV series that catapulted her career to international standards. In the tour, Gitachu, then 33, played a 14 year old boy called Mugo for the book “Burn my Heart” by Beverley Naidoo.
Lydia started her artistic career as a theatre practitioner in 2001, starting with set books. She did this for about a year and a half before doing her first TV commercial in 2002, proceeding to Phoenix players and doing her first big international theatre piece that was titled ‘Winds of Change’. In the same year, she was cast in the play ‘Sound of Music’ produced by Sterling Quality Company. Since then she has never looked back.
To date she has done countless local TV shows, numerous locally produced movies, radio and TV commercials, international TV shows and movies and lately internationally sponsored plays. She has been to India and performed in a festival there and in April 2012 she graced the Globe Shakespeare Theatre in London, performing Merry Wives of Windsor in Kiswahili that got a 5 star from The Guardian for this performance.
Come and have your chance to learn about stage directing from her on 7th October from 9.30 am at Creatives Garage.
Written by Chelsea Laria