Henry Muttoo, Artistic Director of the Cayman National Cultural Foundation is widely recognized as one of the Caribbean’s leading theatre practitioners, and arguably the region’s leading theatre designer. He is a rare talent with a multiplicity of artistic skills that include acting, directing, designing, painting, writing and editing.
Educated at Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance and Croydon College of Art & Design in England, and the University of the West Indies in Trinidad & Tobago, Mr. Muttoo has worked in the theatre and arts industry for forty years. Seven of those were years spent in Jamaica, at the School of Drama, Edna Manley College of Arts, where he was as Senior Tutor in Design and Technical Theatre. During this period he also worked professionally as a designer and director on productions ranging from Shakespeare, Derek Walcott and Trevor Rhone plays. In Jamaica, Mr. Muttoo also taught at the University of the West Indies, designed Carnival costumed bands.
His vision has taken the Cayman Islands National Cultural Foundation from an organization that only managed the Harquail Theatre to one that is a widely respected arts organization producing several plays, major arts festivals and training young Caymanians in the arts. He documents cultural enactments, publishes poetry, plays, & culture journal.
Mr. Muttoo has numerous awards for his work including, a Jamaica National Drama Award for outstanding achievement in professional theatre (South Pacific – 1983), two Cacique Awards from the Trinidad & Tobago Drama Association (Ah Wanna Fall – 1998 and Moon On A Rainbow Shawl 2005), Best Actor, Guyana (Sweet Carila – 1971), Director Of The Year (Cayman National Theatre Company – 1984). In 1992, he was selected as the designer for Derek Walcott’s “Dream On Monkey Mountain” for a special for a special Nobel Celebration in honour of the great poet and dramatist.
Mr. Muttoo is a member of the Caricom Regional Cultural Council, a consultative body that advises Caribbean governments on matters of cultural significance to the region. He has published one book, “My Markings – The Art of Gladwyn K. Bush”, has edited one book of plays and a number of journals, and is currently at work on a novel and new paintings for a solo exhibition.