Kimani Gecau was educated in Kenya, Canada and the United States. He has taught in Kenya, the United States and Zimbabwe and was involved in community theatre in Kenya where he directed Ngugi wa Thiongo's plays at Kamiriithu Community and Educational Centre.
He left Kenya in 1982 and has lived in Zimbabwe ever since. Here he was also involved in community theatre in the early 1980s. He is currently teaching Media and Communication studies at the University of Zimbabwe.