Chipo Chung (Zimbabwe)
Theatre actress and peace activist, RADA Council member, Trustee SAFE
“When we look at the world and all of our individual nations, we see the breakdown of the old story. I come from Zimbabwe myself, and I know that there are many here from places where the old narrative has broken down, and where a new narrative has to be born. And that will be born through individuals, and through a new way of leadership and through a new process that will ripple out in concentric circles around the world. This is what the Theatre of Transformation Academy’s vision is. There will be learning and inspiration like flowers being fertilized.”
Chipo spent her first few years as a refugee in Mozambique during the struggle for Zimbabwean Independence. She grew up in Zimbabwe and concluded high school as the Head Girl of the Dominican Convent. She started performing with CHIPAWO (Children’s Performing Arts Workshop) and Over the Edge Theatre Company – the first mixed race theatre company in Zimbabwe.
Chipo trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) and now sits on the RADA Council. Previously, Chipo graduated with a BA cum laude from Yale University, double majoring in Theatre and Fine Art. Her professional work includes Talking to Terrorists at the Royal Court Theatre and The Overwhelming and Phedre at the National Theatre (UK); television work includes playing Mary Magdalene in the NBC A.D. The Bible Continues, and The Master in AMC’s Into the Badlands.
Chipo helped to start the British charity S.A.F.E. (www.safekenya.org). She also helped to start a peace-building organization in Zimbabwe called Envision Zimbabwe Women’s Trust. Chipo sits on British Equity’s International Committee for Artists’ Freedom (ICAF). She is a founding member of Rising Women Rising World (www.risingwomenrisingworld.