Grace Gachocha Nakaka

Tanzania: Teaching Artist and Co-Director of Talanta Tano Organization

Grace Gachocha Nakaka is a Teaching Artist and Co-Director of Talanta Tano Organization. Grace founded Talanta Tano in 2012 and serves as the Organization’s artistic director. She has used theater for development techniques as a director and teacher in her work with students and girls from the Tanzanian community.

In 2009 she was part of a teaching artist exchange that was made possible through an International Connections Fund grant from the John D and Catherine T. MacAuthur Fund in partnership with the International Theater and Literacy Project. Grace worked with at - risk middle and high school students in Chicago's South side Auburn Gresham neighborhood. Her interest in helping people find their voices through theater led to collaboration in 2010 with Salasala Kids Club Dar-es-salaam in the formation of mentoring girls.

As Co – Director of Talanta Tano she aspires to give voice to students in Tanzanian schools who rarely have access to Arts Education. Grace earned a Masters of Interdisciplinary Arts from Columbia College Chicago. Grace was one of the nominees of the 2020 Gilder / Coigney International Theatre awards.

Leadership Committee

Yonglun Liu

Singapore, ITAC Chair

Joan Parr

Scotland, Interim Director, Arts and Engagement at Creative Scotland

Grace Gachocha Nakaka

Tanzania, Teaching Artist & Co- Director of Talanta Tano Organization

Eric Booth

USA, Teaching Artist Advocate and Author

María Claudia Parias

Colombia, Executive President of Fundación Nacional Batuta

Jean E. Taylor

USA, Teaching Artist for Lincoln Center Education

Ines Sanguinetti

Argentina, Fundación Crear Vela La Pena

Chrissie Ruckley

Scotland, Creative Learning Officer for Creative Scotland

Marit Ulvund

Norway, Director of Seanse ArtCenter

Chen Alon

Israel, Theatre Activist, Director and Scholar

Brad Haseman


Jahyun Kim

Korea, KACES

Daniel Mora-Brito

Venezuela/ Switzerland, International Development Practitioner

Clothilde Cardinal

Canada, Head of Programming at Place des Arts

Simon Sharkey

Scotland, Director


Madeleine McGirk

ITAC Managing Director

Aislinn Ryan

Project Manager ITAC IMPACT: Climate

Laurel Toyofuku

Communications Manager

Caryn Cooper

Leadership Development Specialist


Jessica Howarth

Art Jewelry/Crafting, UK (Scotland)

Clara Bloomfield

Theatre, UK (Scotland)

Mary Schwarz

Artworks Alliance, UK

Jeannette Brossart

Mosaic Artist, USA

Peter Atsu Adaletey

Theatre/Dance/Poetry, Ghana

Lynne Pace Green

Theatre, USA

Amanda Acevedo

Theatre, USA

Carol Ponder

Art for Healing, USA

Sangeeta Isvaran

Dance/Storytelling, India (Chennai)

Victoria Ryle

Creative Learning, Australia (Tasmania)

Zdenka Brungot Svitekova

Dance/Theatre, Slovakia/Czech Republic

Jill Massie

Dialect/Theatre, USA

Christiana Afrikaner

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