About Kupaa

What we're all about

To inspire and nurture emerging university talents to the market

To position KUPAA as a leader in promoting innovation and excellence in performing arts and research within universities, and to maintain its global relevance and recognition.

Kenya Universities Performing Arts Association


You can participate in KUPAA through several ways. For performing groups, participation for KUPAA 2023 festival is currently open at regional levels. Other participation opportunities are in trainees, volunteers, audiences, vendors, trainings and partners

Programs & Features

The focus of our activities is on the development of Kenyan performing arts in general such as drama, film, beauty pageantry and visual arts theatre. Through international performances, congresses, training and workshops, we push to enhance performing arts through experimentation and publication of new genres for economic development. KUPAA is student centered, we let the students exploit their talents to the maximum level


With our local and global partners, we have the capacity necessary to stage a National and East Africa festival of the highest standard and deliver the magnificent experiences. You can be part of the amazing organizations that have supported KUPAA over the years.

Our Awesome Team

The Kupaa Leadership

Bonface Isalambo

KUPAA chairman

Pauline Njeru

Vice Chair

Patrick Ogutu

Secretary General

Mr Williat Anyika


Dr. Faustin Malachi Apudo

Organizing Secretary

Ms Eunice Wakofula


Prof Omondi Oketch


Join Kupaa and experience a journey of awesome career growth in creative and performing arts

Have an item to perform? Check out our events calendar for upcoming events

Kupaa Drama Patrons Regional Reps 2023

Dr. Lillian Odero

Maseno University, Nyanza

Nathan Bronze Asiago

MMU Metro - Nairobi Region

Dr. Solomon Kaptingei

University of Kabianga, Riftvalley Region

Dr. Nyambane Monanti

Kaimosi, Western region

Dr. Violet Aura

Pwani Universtity, Coast Region

Dr. Martin Ayal

Garissa Universtity, North East

Ms Grace Awuor Ochieng

UoEm - Eastern Region

Mr Stanley Ngata

DeKUT, Central Region

Kupaa Students Council Team 2023

Mr Ombija J Odhiambo

Chairman, Rongo (Nyanza)

Ms Deborah Nyakundi

Vice Chairperson, CUK (Metro Nairobi)

Mr. Briantonne Masaka

Secretary General, Kabianga (Rift Valley)

Mr. Weldon Langat

Organising Secretary, UoEm (Eastern)

Mr Collins Khisa

Treasurer, MMUST (Western)

Ms Sofia Nduta Maina

Ass Organisiing Secretary, TUM (Coast)

Mr Kelvin Wamwea

Ass Treasurer, Garissa (North Eastern)

Mr Jomo Paul

Ass Secretary General, Muranga (Central)

Word from our performers

As the former student council chairperson, I am proud to see KUPAA grow into a major festival showcasing Kenyan students’ talent. I have participated in each of the four prior festivals as a performer and director and have seen firsthand the impact that KUPAA has had on students’ lives. KUPAA has not only given students a platform to showcase their talents, but it has also helped them to develop their skills and network with other professionals in the performing arts industry. Some institutions and performers have even gone above and beyond to participate in the Kitfest at the Kenya National Theatre, a testament to their dedication to the festival. Some performers have featured in the Churchill show and raised the KUPAA bar to top-notch. I am confident that the fifth annual KUPAA national festival will succeed greatly.
We are proud to have numerous universities and colleges participating, and we hope many more will join us in our mission to improve the quality of performance arts and theater festivals in Kenya. As we always say, “KUPAA INAPAA PAA!” is a motto that we live by at KUPAA, and we are committed to providing students with the opportunity to excel in the performing arts. I am grateful for the opportunity to be a part of KUPAA, and I look forward to seeing what the future holds for the festival and our linkage to the corporate world. See you there! #Wajibika

Sandrex Barasa- Former KUPAA Students Council Chairperson

Our Amazing Partners

These are some of the amazing partners we work with. They have propelled our shared vision and amplified our impact
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