Friday, January 22 , 2021, 18:30 EET (GMT +02:00)


Director: Simon Iyarwema / Rwanda

Actor: Iulia Colan

Episode: Day 1. Story 2

about the Director

Simon Iyarwema

Simon is Rwandan male actor, dancer, director and choreographer. He was born in Kenya from exiled parents who had fled the Rwanda in the first pre Genocide of 1959. 

Simon studied theater, history and dance and literature in high school and university which acting as a stepping stone into his performing arts carrier background.

He has performed in various places that include: Uganda, Scotland, Sweden, U.S.A, Poland, Germany, South Africa, United Kingdom, Switzerland, and Madagascar both on National and International scenes.

Simon worked as a casting assistant director in international movies such as Sometimes in April (2005), Shooting Dogs (2005), Shake hands with the devil (2007), The day when God went away (2009), The Last King of Scotland (2006) as well as Petit Pays (2020).

about the actor

Iulia Colan

Iulia Colan is one of the most appreciated actresses of “Marin Sorescu” National Theatre Craiova. Since her debut (2008), she has been distinguished by impeccable stage presence, charisma, dedication and meticulousness.

Her roles are little pieces of Art worked in filigree, and the attention to every detail is often noticed by the professional audience.

Nina in Pescărușul (The Seagull) by A. P. Chekhov (directed by Yiannis Paraskevopoulos), Natalia Petrovna in O lună la țară (A month in the country) by Ivan Turgenev (directed by Cristi Juncu), Anca in Spargerea (The Break-in) after Razvan Petrescu (directed by Dragos Alexandru Mușoiu), Agika of  Familia Tót (The Tóts) by Örkeny István (directed by László Bocsárdi), She in Dacă am gândi cu voce tare (If we would think out loud) by Adnan Lugonić (directed by Radu Afrim) are flawlessly performed roles by Iulia on the stage of the National Theatre Craiova.

“I became an actress the same way I became the person I am today. Throughout my experiences, the people I connected to, the disillusions and joys I had lived, the grandparents I was lucky enough to have, the music I listened to, the books I read”, declared Iulia Colan in an interview.

For the role in the performance at the ACT Theatre – Flori pentru Algernon (Flowers for Algernon) after Daniel Keyes – for which Iulia signed both the direction and the playwriting – she received several awards: the Special Prize at the Excelsior TEEN-FEST Theatre Festival (2015), the Special Prize Pour la Jeunesse – at the International Festival of Studio Performances, Piteşti (2012) and so on.

Currently, Iulia plays in 12 performances of the “Marin Sorescu” National Theater Craiova.

Rwanda artists talk

Djuma Kubwimana

Stage manager

Yassipi Casimir

Actress, Poet and Former 1st runner up Miss Rwanda 2019

Bahali Rut

Actress and Dancer

Tuyisenge Olivier