DOUGLAS DUBOIS-CARD SEBAMALA
Founder / Creative Director, Sebamala Arts
Is an Advocacy Artists, Producer, Writer, Actor/Director and Multimedia Journalist, with a B.A in Journalism and communication from Makerere University. He uses Arts Communication through digital and performance art to propel advocacy and human rights sensitization, through high quality film, theatre and multimedia production. His works address issues for empowerment of marginalized communities, bringing to the fore authentic lived experiences. His play, DALLIANCES which explores abhorred contentions against people living at the crossroads of HIV stigma, mental health and gender discrimination screened at International AIDS Conference (2020 Virtual). Swallow (Raped For Tape) dissects draconian laws that criminalize sexuality and films Black Glove - advocates for gender equality in the work place, reverts patriarchal norms to uplift the place of women, while 7_Hills discusses sexual gender based violence, trauma of abusive rape culture and gender inequality in the entertainment business. In 2007, he understood the power of the arts when his performance poetry, The Destitute, for Queen Elizabeth II was thoroughly edited by authorities to avoid being critical of British imperialism and a corrupt Ugandan government.
Thus, it is upon this foundation that his winning blog "Uganda Can Use the Arts to END Gender Based Violence" was picked up by the World Bank Group. The bank continues to use poetry, music, visual and performance art as part of its communication mediums that has proven effective in tackling issues of development. He is now a member of their Youth Transforming Africa, with other alumni winners of Blog4Dev.
Dubois' work in print, radio broadcasting, theatre, film and television has crossed global boundaries. He has worked with publications, media corporations and production companies in Uganda, Kenya, South Africa, Sweden and United States. Over the decade, he wrote Features and reviewed the Arts and Culture for Nation Media's Monitor Publications and South African based Art Africa magazine. He edited and narrated award winning documentaries such as Life on the Streets (showcased at International AIDS Conference, 2016 and nominated Best Documentary Uganda Film Festival- UFF 2017), Hooked by Wizarts Media (Best Documentary Uganda Film Festival 2016) . He managed Public Relations, Media and Marketing for Arts based non-profit organizations like Silent Voices Uganda (SVU), Youth Arts Movement and Rainbow Riots Uganda. At SVU, he wrote and edited the reading list for the Director's TED Talks 2017. In 2016, he founded a non-profit multimedia storytelling youth startup, ELESmode Productions, which develops, produces and directs short films, documentaries and written anthologies like Invisible Scars (Enkovu Ezitalabika), a mental health research publication, manages self care fellowships and safe spaces for marginalized communities in Uganda.
In 2018, he coined The PoMDaP™ Experience, a multidisciplinary fusion of performance Poetry, Music, Dance and Photography, to be produced into a serialized single body of work to showcase in Kampala, Uganda, Taipei, Taiwan, New York City and Washington DC, USA (between 2021 to 2025). This, under the patronage of ©Sebamala Arts. Other works at Sebamala Arts include Black Glove (a murder mystery fashion and tourism short film) and The Mayanjas (a fictional biographic family drama series based on his own childhood and upbringing) currently in production in Uganda (2020 and 2022).
Internationally, Dubois has performed in The View From Up There, short film written and directed by Maxwell DeFalco (New York), Time Stops, Written Marketa S. Nicholson, Directed by Merancia Noelsaint, and First Chair at Keegan Theater's WOMXN Festival (Washington DC), NTV Uganda's drama series Second Chance in Kampala and Entebbe, Strings and A Ghost Story (Kampala International Theatre Festival 2017 (Uganda), radio dramas - Rock Point 256 and Obulamu in Uganda, etc. He directed a reading of The Surrogate at Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab in New York, and supported SVU's productions A Fest of 10 Minutes Plays from 48 Hours In... Harlem (2018), Just Me, You and THE SILENCE (2017), Blood and Holy Maria (at Theater in the Park, Harare, Zimbabwe 2017). View Artist resume below.
2020:Commenced development and production of Black Glove collaborating with artists & companies in Uganda.
:Kick started Digital Artist Development Workshops and a global African Play Readers network.
:Debuted in Washington DC as performer, WOMXN on Fire Festival at Keegan Theater.
:Premiered DALLIANCES at the International AIDS Conference, AIDS 2020
:Won a scholarship from and joined the membership at International AIDS Society.
2019:Membership at the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, Lincoln Center Theater, New York, NY, USA
:Edited publication of mental health research Invisible Scars (Enkovu Ezitalabika) 2019, with Voice Global.
2018:Assisted in developing Silent Voices Uganda's Theater Directors Apprenticeship into a continental program.
:Coined a multidisciplinary performance art platform, The PoMDaP™ Experience
:Founder won World Bank Blog4Dev in efforts to end Gender based Violence (GBV) in Uganda / East Africa.
:Marked collective and repertoire of over 30 theater, radio, film and television productions across Africa.
2017:Managed Media, Marketing and Public Relations Communications at Silent Voices Uganda until 2018.
:First actor simultaneously screening on 2 TV dramas on competing Uganda networks NTV & UrbanTV
:Graduated with B.A upper honors in Journalism & Communication, Makerere University
:Nominated most fashionable actor, Pearl of Africa Fashion Awards
:Performed in two major productions at Kampala International Theatre Festival
2016:Produced radio Arts Magazines, The bassline and 2Songs1Book, syndicated by Wizarts to 41 radio stations.
:Co-founded multimedia & advocacy creative arts non Profit, ELESmode Productions for the marginalized.
2014:Features/Arts Writer for Daily Monitor Publications, a national private news paper until 2019.
:Created media platforms as President of Makerere University Journalism & Communication Association
2007:Performed poetry, The Destitute, for Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom and other realms at CHOGM
2006:1st Runner Up Uganda Debt Network youth essay competition on Corruption