Mshai Mwangola holds a doctorate in Performance Studies from Northwestern University (USA), a Masters of Creative Arts from the University of Melbourne (Australia) and a Bachelor of Education from Kenyatta University (Kenya). Her masters’ research thesis and doctoral dissertation both engage Kenyan cultural history and actors as critical reflectors of, and on, the Kenyan nation. An oraturist directing and performing in theatre and storytelling as her genres of choice, she has studied, taught, researched and/or contributed to policy processes engaging different aspects of culture, the arts, theatre and performance for over four decades.

Mwangola chairs the Board of Trustees of Uraia Trust, the biggest non-state local facilitator of civic education in Kenya, and also serves on the Board of The Elephant, an online journal of ideas. Since 2013, she has been affiliated to the African Leadership Centre in Nairobi, where she has curated several research forums while serving as a faculty mentor and member of the Research Ethics Committee.