Stanley Makuwe was born in 1972 in Masvingo, Zimbabwe. He grew up in rural Shurugwi and has lived in New Zealand since 2002. He won Zimbabwe’s 2016 National Art Merits Award for his play, Chimbwido, Girl of War. He was short-listed for the 2012 Adam New Zealand Play Award for Footprints on Ika’s Heart and the 2011 BBC International Playwriting Competition for The Coup. His plays have been staged in New Zealand and Zimbabwe, featuring at the Harare International Festival of the Arts (HIFA) in 2012 and 2017. He juggles family life with theatre and his full-time job in psychiatry.