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Peter Kawa is one of the most hardworking and most prolific player in the Kenyan entertainment industry currently. He is an award winning actor, director, producer, artist manager and entrepreneur whose years and chops in acting have seen him lead or be part of impressive ensembles on TV, theatre and film.

He's recently portrayed Malik Maka as the lead character in the highly acclaimed Showmax political action thriller 'County 49' (nominated - 2022 Kalasha Awards - Best Lead Actor in a TV Drama).

He has acted beside African greats such as Nigeria’s Rita Dominic and most part of the cast of South Korea’s 2021 blockbuster ‘Escape From Mogadishu’, 'Uradi', 'Nafsi', and 'Country Queen' on Netflix. He has also featured in numerous Kenyan TV shows with roles on shows such as ‘FIHI’ (Winner - Best Actor Riverwood Awards 2018).

He’s been on Lies That Bind, Sumu La Penzi, Real Househelps of Kawangware, Waliobaki and so many more. As a director/ producer, besides having won Best Director 2019 for his feature film ‘Lost in Time’, he is also the creator of the sensational Short film on Netflix ‘Christmas Love’ (Best Short Film - Kalasha Awards 2022) and numerous short films under FilmLab Kenya. He's advocated for co-productions with ‘Medicine Man’, a project he did alongside his friend Edijoe Mwaniki and Betty Furet.

Kawa is the CEO of Spearhead Entertainment and the brains behind the arts roundtable talk show ‘Sanaa Talks’, ‘Sanaa Post’ an online arts platform, and 'Sanaa Academy', an online peer to peer skill transfer platform. He's a Talents’ manager with brands and artists such as Azziad Nasenya, Jackie Kaboi, Pascal Tokodi, Peter Kamau,  Amalie Chopeta, Melissa Kiplagat, Natalie Tewa, Alex Kinyanjui and many others under his guidance.

He is also a father, a husband and certainly a friend to the entertainment industry. His mantra is ‘PASS IT ON’

TV Series

  1. Subterrenea (Black) - Showmax - Kibanda Pictures - Director - Likarion Wainaina - 2024 (Coming Soon)
  2. County 49 (Malik Maka) - Showmax - Kibanda Pictures - Director - Likarion Wainaina - 2022
  3. Country Queen (Pastor) - Good Karma - Director - Tosh Gitonga - 2021
  4. Sanaa Talks - Director - Spearhead Entertainment - 2018
  5. The Real Househelps of Kawangware (Donald Turumbu) - Protel Studios - Henry - 2017
  6. Selina (Washington) - Multan Productions - Reuben Odanga - 2017
  7. Waliobaki (Uncle Moody) - Media Hub - Arnold Mwanjila - 2016
  8. FIHI (Pastor Isaiah) - Zamaradi Productions - Carol Odongo - 2015
  9. Wrath - (Deputy Governor Zeke) - StoryLab Productions - Erica Enyadike - 2014
  10.  Sumu La Penzi – (Oscar) - Spielworks Media – Carol Odongo – 2013 - Present
  11. Overdose (Pilot) – Director – Caption Media Production – 2014
  12. Marejeo (Pilot) – StoryLab Productions - Simiyu Barasa - 2014
  13. Mela’s House – (Prince) – K.B.C.– Jeff Odhiambo – 2013
  14. Machachari – (Auctioneer) - Citizen Television – Kimani Mburu - 2014
  15. Jane and Abel – (Lawyer) - Spielworks Media – Allan Oyugi - 2013
  16. Lies that Bind – (Detective) - Spielworks Media – Simiyu Barasa - 2013
  17. Block D - (Kanjo) - Spielworks Media - Carol Odongo - 2012 - 2013
  18. House Girls (Pilot) – Director – Digital Media – 2013
  19. Mwangaza – Doctor –
  20. Kombo Kombo (Pilot) (Anko G) – George Mbuto – 2011
  21. Be the Judge (Job Omamo) – MEDEVA – Angelo Kinywa – 2010
  22. Wash n Set (City Council Officer) - Mary Migui - 2009
  23. Guy’s Center (Goon) - Mary Migui - 2009
  24. Inspector Mwala (Rogue Attendant/ Illicit brew vendor) - Citizen TV – Ngugi Ngugi - 2008
  25. Makutano Junction (Rogue Cop) – Mediae Productions - Victor Gatonye – 2007

FEATURE FILMS

  1. Medicine Man - Furet Films/ Seed Productions/ Spearhead Entertainment - Co - Producer - 2021
  2. Nafsi (Doctor) - Multan Productions - Director - Reuben Odanga - 2020
  3. Escape From Mogadishu (Officer Khalil) – Director - 2019
  4. Uradi (LT) - Kikwetu Productions - Director - Kang'ethe Mungai - 2019
  5. Lost In Time - Filmlab Kenya - Director/ Producer -2019 (Best Feature Film, Best Director - Kalasha Awards)
  6. Street Justice – Rustus Cactus – Churchill Alumasa Production – Morrison Mwadulo - 2014
  7. Bahati Dreams –Nostradamus Likovu - Insignia Productions (AMOF) – Robby Bresson – 2014
  8. Who’s Fooling Who – Caleb - Spielworks Media (AMOF) – Regina Chui - 2014
  9. The Tenant – Austin - Spielworks Media (AMOF) – Carol Odongo – 2014
  10. 29 – Zamaradi Productions (AMOF) – Victor Gatonye – 2014
  11. Crazies – Zamaradi Productions (AMOF) – Likarion Wainaina – 2013
  12. Pruned – Concept Developer/ 1st. AD - Cheko Saba Productions – Kimani Mburu – 2013
  13. Love Sex and Marriage – Abdo - Good News Productions – Lars Morland – 2012 & 2013
  14. Shattered – Wafula - Dream House Productions – Gilbert Lukhalia - 2011

SHORT FILMS

  1. Christmas Love - Filmlab Kenya/ Spearhead Entertainment - Director/ Producer - 2021
  2. Lost (Proof of Concept) - Filmlab Kenya - Director/ Producer - 2019
  3. The Statistic - Rosilient Pictures - Director - 2017
  4. Torture - Fimlab Kenya - Director - 2016
  5. Just An Outside Shot – Casting Director/ Production Asst. – Simple Bulldog Studios – Aaron Snyder - 2014
  6. Reel-Time - Director/ Producer - Better Pill Productions - 2014
  7. September – Kamotho - Chromatic Pictures & Evolve Entertainment – Mark Wambui - 2014
  8. The Good Fight - Better Pill Productions & BMT - Charles Ng’eno – Producer - 2014
  9. Robbing the Kinsman Redeemer - St. Paul’s University – Director - 2014
  10. Unseen – Keith – Ebru Television – Alex Konstantaras - 2014
  11. Still – Bride Groom - Better Pill Productions – Edijoe Kihara Mwaniki - 2014
  12. Deceit – Ted - Chromatic Pictures & Evolve Entertainment – Mark Wambui - 2013 (Best Short Film New Media - Nominee AMVCA 2014 & Durban Film Festival - 2014)
  13. Film Aid Kenya – Casting Director - 2014
  14. The Run – The Being - Better Pill Productions – Edijoe Kihara Mwaniki - 2014
  15. The Adjunct – Director - St. Paul’s University – 2013
  16. Silence – 1st AD - Better Pill Productions – Cynthia Karani - 2013
  17. Drunk Dead – Concept Developer/ Production Asst.- Sinema Sisi - Gilbert Lukhalia - 2012
  18. Shhh… - Hakim - Zenith Media – Reuben Odanga – 2008 (Won Best Short Film – Zanzibar Film Festival - 2008)

JUROR

  1. Kitale Film Festival - 2024
  2. FilmAid Film Festival - 2019
  3. Kenya International Sports Film Festival - 2019
  4. Kenya International Sports Film Festival - 2018

ADVERTS

  1. Tumesotiwa - HELB (Executive Producer) - PSI - 2023
  2. Cheza Bet  (Sugar Cane Seller) – TVC - 2017
  3. Power of One - Lead Bride Groom (PSI - 2012)
  4. Taifa Leo (Pool Table Player) – TVC - 2008

MUSIC VIDEOS

  1. JULIANI (2013) -Vultures Vs Voters
  2. EKO DYDA (2012) -Beautiful People
  3. BILLY FRANK (2010) – Huwezi pekee yako

AWARDS

  • Best Short FIlm - Christmas Love - Out of Africa International Film Festival - 2023
  • Best Short Film - Christmas Love - Kalasha Film & TV Awards - 2022
  • Best Feature Film - Lost in Time - Kalasha Film & TV Awards - 2019
  • Best Director - Lost in Time - Kalasha Film & TV Awards - 2019
  • Best Actor in a series - Pastor Isaiah - FIHI - Riverwood Awards - 2018
  • Best Actor in a Film - Gerald - Embraced - Eldoret Film Festival - 2018

THEATRE

  • CARELESS IN RED - Hearts of Art - Producer - 2019
  • A KISS THROUGH THE VEIL - Hearts of Art - Producer - 2019
  • DELIBERATE CONTEMPT - Officer Dakarai - Hearts of Art - 2019
  • NECESSARY MADNESS - Officer Dakarai - Hearts of Art - 2018
  • EDUFA - Edufa - Gilbart Productions - Carol Odongo - 2018
  • ALL I EVER WANTED -Judge Harvey - Hearts of Art - 2018
  • PASSING STRANGERS – Malcolm - Phoenix Players - Samson Psenjen - 2013
  • ANALOGUE HUSBAND, DIGITAL WIFE - Director - Friends Ensemble & Fanaka Arts - 2013
  • DEAD MAN'S HAND – Martin/ Brian - Friends Ensemble - Ellis Otieno - 2012
  • FOR BETTER FOR WIFE - Director - Friends Ensemble - 2012

K.A.G. BAHATI DRAMATISTS

  • DEADTALK – Artistic Director -2012
  • MASHAKA – Artistic Director/ Producer – 2012
  • JUDGEMENT DAY – Police Officer – 2007
  • OUT OF ORDER – Hotel Manager - 2006

 

THEATRE (Better Pill Productions)

  • MAN OF STEAL – Lucifer Okello - 2013
  • FOR LOVE’S SAKE - Dr. Martin - 2012
  • OUT OF BUSINESS - Melvin Masika – 2012
  • A CRY FOR HELP - Inspector Tom Mwateti – 2011
  • ACTS OF THE APOSTATES - Pastor Italanyi – 2010
  • TILL DEBT DO US PART - Lucifer Okello - 2009
  • MR. AMU IN THE KITCHEN - Mr. Amu – 2009
  • DON’T LOOK, YOU MAY SEE - Chief Sangoro - 2008
  • CAN YOU BEAT THAT? - Reality Show Presenter - 2008
  • MASHAKA RELOADED - Mtezi the enticer - 2008
  • MASHAKA – Chief - 2007

 

  • PRODUCER (Better Pill Productions)
    I Love You 2, A Cry For Help, Real Eyes See Thru, The Importance Of Being Earnest, Out Of Business,
    Hurt for My Heart, More Strings Attached, Man Of Steal
  • ARTISTIC DIRECTOR (Better Pill Productions)
    Till Debt Do Us Part, Yesterday To Die And Forever, Deadtalk, I Love You 2, A Cry For Help, Real Eyes
    See Thru, Out Of Business, The Importance Of Being Earnest, Hurt for My Heart, More Strings
    Attached, Man Of Steal

SET BOOKS

  • MERCHANT OF VENICE – Shylock, Prince of Morocco, Solanio
  • AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE – Artistic Director/ Producer
  • SHREDS OF TENDERNESS – Wak witu/ Artistic Director/ Producer
  • COMING TO BIRTH – Martin Were
  • THE RIVER BETWEEN – Elder Kabonyi, Artistic Director/ Producer
  • KIFO KISIMANI – Bokono, Zigu, Artistic Director/ Producer
  • UTENGANO – Mzee Maksudi, Artistic Director/ Producer

TRAINING AND RESOURCES

  • Global Short Film Network flight school.
  • Jicho Four and Foresight Sterling Productions’ Literature workshops.
  • Better Pill Productions’ series of Drama Workshops as a facilitator.
  • Better Pill Productions with Mercy Masika’s Music Workshop as the organiser.
  • Mentorship and hands-on experience from past directors and producers.
  • Research from manuals, internet tutorials and books on interested topics.
  • Networking
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