Gloria Majule

Gloria Majule

Gloria Majule is a storyteller born and raised in Dodoma, Tanzania. She seeks to tell stories that bring multiple black voices together from across the world, and are accessible to black audiences no matter where they are. She writes for and about Africans and the African diaspora. Gloria has been commissioned by Audible and Atlantic Theater Company. Her play, Culture Shock, was the 2023 winner of the Leah...
Gloria Majule is a storyteller born and raised in Dodoma, Tanzania. She seeks to tell stories that bring multiple black voices together from across the world, and are accessible to black audiences no matter where they are. She writes for and about Africans and the African diaspora. Gloria has been commissioned by Audible and Atlantic Theater Company. Her play, Culture Shock, was the 2023 winner of the Leah Prize. She was a guest speaker for the Courageous Art Panel at Starbucks, and the President's Tea at Vassar College. Gloria is an adjunct professor at Cornish College of the Arts. BA: Cornell University, MFA: Yale School of Drama.

Plays

  • Afropick
    Commissioned by Atlantic Theater Company:
    When Pendo realizes she can’t afford the legal fees for the artist visa that will allow her to stay in America, she decides to embark on a compelling cash opportunity that forces her to confront her biases and newly found nightmares.
  • Culture Shock
    Two African students, Zahra from Tanzania and Hawi from Kenya, start school in an Ivy League institution. They are placed in Salama House, an all-black dorm and affinity space for black students. Faced with cultural, academic and economic challenges, Zahra and Hawi try to make it through Freshman Year, while reckoning with the reality of what it means to be black in America.
  • Fifteen Hundred
    Nantei, Vivi and Rachel are equally fast when it comes to running the fifteen hundred, but there is only one spot available on the Kenyan Olympics Team. Faced with high expectations from their relentless mothers and their unforgiving coach, they will each stop at nothing to get the chance to win a gold medal for their country.
  • Life Sentence
    Baba Grace faces a law suit where he must pay a large sum of money or go to jail. He plans to marry off Grace to a wealthy lawyer in exchange for a hefty bride price that will save him and his reputation. However, Grace has secrets of her own that could completely jeopardize his plans.
  • Mala Aria
    Hoping to discover how to eradicate Malaria, Amazia leaves her family in Tanzania to pursue a PhD abroad. An unforeseen turn of events puts her in a position where she has to decide between staying in the west and going back home to finish what she started.
  • My Father was Shot in the Back of the Head
    All his life, her father had wanted a son. Therefore even before she was born, she was already a disappointment. My Father was Shot in the Back of the Head uses conventions of African Storytelling Theater to tell an unconventional coming of age story.
  • Possessed
    Furaha returns to Tanzania on a medical leave and is reunited with her brother Angaza. Unfortunately for her, he believes her mental illness is in fact a demon possession. As the siblings road trip from Dar Es Salaam to Singida, they encounter colorful characters and testing challenges along the way. Possessed is a fast-paced dramedy that explores the toll it takes to leave home, and the toll it takes to be back.
  • Savage Training
    Commissioned by Audible:
    Queenie, Xander, Raya and Neema are invited to a leadership training in the Serengeti that will help them become outstanding global citizens.
  • Uhuru
    Mshale, a Mount Kilimanjaro tour guide, dreams of marrying a white woman and moving to the West. Sprite doesn’t like white people and sets out to decolonize what he deems “his mountain”. Henry and Frannie are white missionaries who claim to be Tanzanian. As the four journey up to the roof of Africa, who gets to reach Uhuru, and who gets left behind?
  • Uncut
    In the fictional village of Kabus in Northern Tanzania, only the men enjoy sex. Tumaini and Chilyawanhu are "happily married": Tumaini daily fulfills her wifely duties, and Chilyawanhu is running for chief-hood. An unexpected change in the family threatens to destroy their fragile illusion of happily ever after.