Student Spotlight; Actress Barbara Nyambura
4th year Bachelor of Commerce student Barbara Nyambura is a passionate actor with the Drama Society Club (DRAMSOC) at Strathmore University. She enjoys her performing roles as she ties them in with what she learns in class as a marketer.
She sees a bright future in professional acting, and is set to explore more options once she graduates.
When did you join DRAMSOC and why?
I joined DRAMSOC when I was in 1st year because I was passionate about acting. I started performing when I was 10 years old all through primary and secondary life. I was really excited to learn that Strathmore had a drama team when I was joining, and a strong one at that.
How has your experience been at the club and which was your best performance?
My experience with DRAMSOC has been nothing short of exemplary. My horizons broadened as I have had a chance to encounter professional theatre and learn more about how it works and what goes into the production of a play. Moreover, I have enjoyed a couple of opportunities to act outside the club with other groups which helped me gain lifelong friends who I consider family.
It is hard to choose the best performance in the roles I have acted through DRAMSOC because I really enjoyed the roles I played in each. Nonetheless, of the eight pieces I took part in, I enjoyed my role in 12 Angry Jurors where I played the 8th juror. Everyone was against the character I played because she voted not guilty; while the rest of the jurors were convinced that the boy on trial was guilty. In this context I was the voice of the voiceless as I represented the boy on trial and stood by my choice regardless of the fact that I was alone.
Why did you choose to study Marketing?
I chose this particular field because in my view business runs the economy, and therefore getting a good grip on business and its concepts is the key to securing a good job and eventually running my own business in future.
I also feel that my personality complements my choice, which makes it easier to balance DRAMSOC and my studies.
What is your Educational Background?
I was called to join Pangani Girls in 2010 where I completed my secondary education. Shortly after I signed up for the ICDL computer course at Computer Learning Center and after, I completed that I enrolled for a French course at Bonjour Institute before joining Strathmore University in 2014.
Who do you look up to and why?
My role model is my mother who has been my greatest support especially in my acting journey. My desire to make her proud becomes my drive as I navigate my career path.
Where do you see yourself in the next 5-10 years?
I plan to branch out into full-time acting. I plan to undertake a course on it and in the long run become a director and producer in the field.
When you’re not studying or acting what do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Being the social being that I am, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, and I also enjoy writing.