Drama for Life Festival Programme Presenters Alfred Elikem Kunutsor : takes you on a journey of self discovery. There is a constant dialogue between the growing individual, his environment and society. The changes that occur in one‟s growth is brought to the fore through the embodiment of culture, tradition, religion and other stages through one body. At the heart of this exploration is the acknowledgment of society and its influences upon the body, mind and soul. Amanda Gifford: HPCSA Registered Arts Therapist, MA Counselling Psychology (Drama Therapy) California Institute of Integral Studies, SF, USA 2003 www.ciis.edu. Trained by whom in Family Constellation: Ursula Franke, Stephan Hausner, Bertold Ulsamer, Frank Gallenmüller, Guni Baxa, Johannes Schmidt, Stephan Hausner, Daan Van Kampenhout. Speciality: Individual, Family & Group Therapies, Drama Therapy Workshops, Staff Trainings, Organisational Development Workshops, Constellations & Corporate Workshops using Expressive Arts, Workshops for the public for kids and adults exploring consciousness, arts and sciences. Ava Avalos, Dr: is a dancer and a doctor of internal medicine specializing in HIV and AIDS. Her interests in non-Western dance healing practices led her to the study of physiology and finally to medicine after completing her graduate and undergraduate degrees with dance at UCLA. For the past eight years, Dr. Avalos has been living and working in Botswana, now serving as an HIV specialist and technical advisor for the Botswana Ministry of Health. As coordinator of clinical research, and secretariat to the HIV/AIDS research advisory committee, she oversees all clinical research – with her own areas of clinical research focusing on issues of adherence and the development of resistance mutations to antiretroviral therapy. She also serves as coordinator of TB/HIV integration efforts at the Ministry of Health. She is also the Director of Tshedisa Institute Care for the Caregiver. Dr. Avalos is a member of the Drama for Life Research and Development Committee. Betsi Pendry: is the founder and director of the Living Together Project . An organization dedicated to helping families and communities overcome the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS. Betsi completed her undergraduate studies in Dance and Psychology at Hampshire College and earned a Masters in Public Health from Columbia University. Bhekimpi Simon Madlala: a 64 year old retired clerk by profession, born and bred in Impendle, KZN and has practiced Zulu traditional modes of performance since he was a little boy. He is well known among communities for his energetic dances and commanding voice. He performs with his daughter, Ntokoza Madlala. Bofihla ’Neko: is a teacher and actor who has performed in a number of productions for theatre, radio and film. Some of his recent appearances include Ke Linako (radio) and Kau La Poho (feature film). Bonfire Theatre Company: It is through our stories that we remind ourselves and each other what it means to be human. The Bonfire Theatre Show is an interactive and improvised theatre experience where the audience is an active part of the performance. Traditional barriers between the audience and the performers as well as between audience members are broken down. Bongani Sihlangu: now 26 years old, studied performing arts in high school, in Tembisa. He acted with a community theatre called Youth Channel Group for a year. In 2002, Bongani joined the award winning Themba HIV/Aids Organisation, also known as Interactive Themba Theatre, where he worked as an actor-educator, project assistant, stage manager, facilitator, trainer, and rehearsal and development co-ordinator (artistic director). He is currently pursuing his honours degree in Applied Drama and Theatre through the Drama for life programme at Wits. Chisomo Mdalla: elsewhere known as Nyamalikiti Nthiwatiwa, is a Malawian artist working in theatre, poetry, prose and fine art. He has performed his poetry at the Crossing Borders festival in Uganda and the Arts Alive Festival in Johannesburg, and recorded a yet-to-be- marketed poetry collection. After he has completed his Honours degree in drama and film at Wits, he hopes to have his cartoon strip published in one of Malawi‟s leading newspapers. Previously a student of medical geography, French and education, he has been running Chiphwelemwe, an arts outfit that fuses theatre and folk music to poetry as a fully staged performance. The course at Wits, tailored towards making a difference to the responses to HIV and AIDS, bridges his life as an artist and his earlier training in health, language and education, and he values the opportunity to work with people in their communities. His present research examines the effectiveness of the outside-in approach of theatre for development as an HIV and AIDS intervention. Chiyedza Nyahuye: is a woman of many trades with her academic qualifications in a Bachelors of International Development Studies and a Masters of Public Policy, Public Health. She is also a gender mainstreaming and policy analysis consultant; university lecturer; drama teacher for primary school children; professional massage therapist; counsellor; (Nehanda)actress, singer, dancer and musician. Clayton Mboneli Ndlovu: was born on the April 1 1971. He grew up in Bulawayo in a family of five boys. Clayton joined Amakhosi Theater Productions where he was trained in Community Theatre. In 1989, he did a Diploma in Ethnomusicology at Zimbabwe College of Music in Harare. He then did his Bachelor of Music Degree in Ethnomusicology at Africa University. Clayton has been with the Zimbabwe College of Music since 1989 and has progressed to the position of Deputy Director of the institution. Clayton has been actively involved in the arts industry as a Lecturer, Dancer, Actor, Poet, Choreographer, Director, Manager, Consultant, and Producer in many events. He has acted in the award winning film, Lumumba as well as in Studio 263, a soapy that focuses on HIV and Aids where, he played a leading role. Currently he is studying for a Maters Degree in Dramatic Art – applied Drama through Drama for Life at Wits University. Cletus Moyo: Cletus Moyo, born April 1, 1984, at Plumtree, Zimbabwe, has been intensively involved in the art industry as a performer, designer, writer, administrator and teacher. He holds a B.A Honours in Theatre Arts from the University of Zimbabwe. Cletus has worked as a graduate teaching assistant for the University of Zimbabwe and as a course coordinator and lecturer for Amakhosi Performing Arts Academy (APAA). He has also worked with Thabo Arts Assembly (TAA); a theatre organization that promotes theatre at grassroots level and uses theatre to address issues affecting young people. Cletus also writes and performs his own poetry. Clowns Without Borders: Clowns Without Borders South Africa is a Durban based, artist-led humanitarian organization dedicated to improving the psychosocial condition through laughter and play of children and their caregivers in areas of crisis around the world. Dactivo José Combane: Dactivo José Combane was born in Mozambique in 1976. He grew up with a keen interest in theatre, dance and music. However, due to Mozambique not offering any arts courses at university level up until 2008, Dactivo ended up pursuing an Honours Degree in History and Geography Education at the Pedagogic Education. From 2005 Dactivo taught history and geography at high school level. In 2008 Eduardo Mondlane University started teaching theatre courses and invited Dactivo to lecture in Mozambican and African Theatre History and Body Movements, in the Faculty of Arts. For 17 years now Dactivo has been involved in various activities of Provision of training, Consultancy and Community Education through Dramatic arts and is also a specialist in cultural management and events productions. His artistic abilities include play writing, directing, choreography, dancing, and acting and these have enabled him to participate in various national and international arts festivals. Drama for Life Playback Theatre Company: Drama for Life Playback Theatre is especially suited to confronting South Africa‟s challenging social issues as it has been effectively used in educational, therapeutic and social change settings in order to break down barriers and taboos around topics such as HIV/AIDS which is the focus of the festival performances. One of the strongest features of Playback Theatre is that it allows marginalised voices to be heard through storytelling in a space that is modelled on the core values of empathy and community. Such an experience encourages communities to listen and engage on sensitive issues in a caring non judgemental environment, modelling essential life values through the magic of Playback Theatre. Join us to watch your stories or witness other peoples stories come to life through the Drama for Life Playback Theatre Company! DramAidE: is a program that uses interactive participatory learning and strategies for health communication campaigns (www.dramaide.co.za). DramAidE makes use of participatory interactive media (animerts – animated advertisements) and participatory games to challenge participants to reflect on these issues. Our aim is to reduce new infections among university students, learners in schools and communities in South Africa by equipping young people with skills that enable them to take ownership of the entire process. Emma Durden: is a consultant to a number of organisations in the fields of development, theatre and training. She has been a guest lecturer and external examiner for a number of South African Universities. Emma is a partner in the PST Project: a performance group dedicated to development through theatre in communities and in the workplace, and runs Act Two Training CC, a training company specialising in using participatory arts-based methodologies in training. Emma is currently completing a PHD in participatory theatre for development. Faniswa Yisa: Faniswa Yisa (Resident Performer) graduated from the University of Cape Town with a Performer's Diploma in Speech and Drama in 2000. She has performed in variety of theatre productions and films in Cape Town. She joined The Mothertongue Project in February 2001, co-creating and performing in UNKULUNKULU THE SOVEREIGN ONE, BEADING MY SOUL and INDAWO YAMAPHUPHA – THE SPACE OF DREAMS. Faniswa first worked for Magnet Theatre on the touring production THE FIRE RAISERS in 2004. Gift Marovatsanga: has a background in acting for the stage, a few film credits to his name and has a passion for directing. Currently Gift is studying for his M.A in Applied Drama and Theatre at the University of the Witwatersrand under the Drama for Life Programme, and he sees his future in facilitating community based theatre. “HAHACARE”: is the first economical and sustainable program to alleviate caregiver psychosocial problems including depression, burnout and more through laughter. “Imbokotho”: Imbokotho meaning (a Grinding stone) it's a post-modern physical theatrical master piece which focuses on women as significant figures in life. This production puts more emphasis on women strengths, their hardships and the pain endured from the customary stage to the modern democratic stage. Interactive Themba: The Themba HIV/AIDS Organisation has been delivering interactive performances to schools, community based organisations and businesses in Gauteng, South Africa, since February 2002. The focus of the Interactive Themba Theatre process is influencing behaviour to prevent the spread of HIV. Themba also provides training for people in community based organisations, schools, work places, and youth correctional centres. All the training is interactive and participatory using effective action-based learning methodologies. Over 50,000 people have benefited so far. In their interactions with the Interactive Themba Theatre (ITT) Process, participants have engaged with the “actor- educators” and facilitators. They have shared their concerns, practiced negotiating risk-free sexual encounters, taken on roles within the drama and interacted with the characters, spoken about different kinds of sexual activity, and learnt more about the risks of unsafe sex and HIV and AIDS. The actor-educators and audiences have contributed to making ITT a process specific to South African HIV and AIDS contexts. Ithateleng Sisinyi: is a 2008 WSI participant. She has performed for both theatre and radio. She hopes to further her studies in applied drama and theatre. She has interest in gender equality and equity. Jenni – Lee Crewe : is a Rhodes graduate, who is currently lecturer at Wits, Drama Department. She is also a professional choreographer. Kabelo Maqache: is a performer and a teacher who completed his honours with DFL in 2008. He co-founded 'Sunrise Theatre' with Mokhabelane Morahanye, a fellow former DFL graduate in 2008. Kabelo has been involved in many performances including 'My father's desire.' He is currently running a high schools‟ HIV intervention with Sunrise Theatre. He is keen to explore all forms of performance to be able to fulfil his passion for the stage. Kathy Barolsky: Kathy has done most of her academic and professional training in Dramatic Arts at Wits. She managed the HIV/AIDS programme for Sibikwa Community Arts and proceeded to undertake her Masters degree in Applied Theatre under the Drama for Life Scholarship programme. She won the Oppeinheimer Foundation‟s overseas study grant to train as a playback theatre specialist at the Centre for Playback Theatre in New York. Kathy is the current coordinator and a facilitator for the Acting Against Conflict Project as well as artistic director of the Drama for Life Playback Theatre Company. Khaya African Arts Dance Ensemble: is a professional dance company based in Yeoville, Johannesburg. The ensemble focuses on using traditional dance as a HIV/Aids intervention. The group is directed by Mike Nzuza. Kennedy Chinyowa: is currently a postdoctoral research fellow funded by the National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa and hosted by the Department of Drama and Film Studies at Tshwane University of Technology. He is also sessional lecturer and researcher for the Drama for Life (DFL) programme based at the University of the Witwatersrand. He has taught at several universities including the University of Zimbabwe, Griffith University (Australia), and University of KwaZulu-Natal. He was a visiting scholar in the Centre for Applied Theatre Research at Griffith University where he obtained his PhD degree in Theatre for Development. His thesis focused on the discursive role of the aesthetic in theatre for development practice. He has won numerous research awards such as the American Alliance for Theatre in Education‟s Distinguished Thesis Finalist Award, Griffith University‟s Postgraduate Research Scholarship, the International Postgraduate Research Scholarship and the University of Zimbabwe‟s Staff Development Fellowship. Apart from presenting several papers and workshops at local and international conferences, he has published widely in books and refereed journals such as Research in Drama Education (UK), Studies in Theatre and Performance (UK), Drama Research (UK), Nadie Journal (Australia), Literary Criterion (India), South African Theatre Journal and Alternation (South Africa). Lerato Msiwa: born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1983, completed her Diploma in Drama at Durban University of Technology in 2005. There, she also studied Project Management and Radio Management. She is a poet and a writer, with a strong passion for rural community development, leadership matters and policy related work. Lerato was a peer educator for HIV and Aids and has been involved with various NGO‟s in KwaZulu Natal, dealing with violence against women. She has received numerous performance and leadership awards, from the various development initiates that she has been part of. In 2006, Lerato joined the Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts & Culture in Alfred Nzo Eastern Cape, where she pursued her passion of rural community development in arts and culture and mentored young poets and artists. In 2007, she became Programme Manager for the Alfred Nzo Community Radio. Lerato is completing a BA Honours in Drama through Drama for Life (DFL), which she sees as a platform to explore the creative innovations of individuals into dynamics artistic interventions, relevant to the HIV and Aids pandemic. The DFL programme affords an opportunity for understanding the impact of cultural diversity challenges, which are faced by various SADC communities. Lincoln Theo: is a scriptwriting teacher at CPUT in Cape Town, and is currently working on his PhD at UWC's Women's and Gender Studies Program. At the same time he‟s in the process of setting up a Program to teach scriptwriting to LGBTI people as a means of helping healing. Luyolo Lenga: is a performer. He is a member of Bonfire Theatre Company and Sacred Harvest. Mafika Mhlophe: is a second year BADA student at Wits. Magnet Theatre Company: Magnet Theatre was formed in 1987 to produce Jennie Reznek's first one-person performance, CHEAP FLIGHTS. It re-emerged in 1991 to produce THE SHOW'S NOT OVER 'TIL THE FAT LADY SINGS in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Grahamstown, Pietermaritzburg, Windhoek, London, Brighton, Manchester, Glastonbury, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Hong Kong and Stockholm. In 1994, after touring for two and a half years, they returned to South Africa with the following aims: To continue to develop Jennie Reznek's own unique physical performance style through the continued creation of small scale productions To collaborate with other practitioners on larger scale productions which would encompass a broader socio-political vision To develop a profile for the company as an ongoing organisation with a specific artistic vision To develop the language of physical theatre in South Africa as a means to overcoming vast language diversities. MAKE ART/STOP AIDS: is an international network of scholars, artists, and activists committed to ending the global AIDS epidemic. With more than 33 million people currently infected with HIV around the world, and less than 10% receiving state-of-the-art care, the need for such a network is urgent. MAKE ART/STOP AIDS is founded on the principle that artists are an essential part of anti-AIDS efforts. Mandla Mabothwe: Mandla Mbothwe (Associate Director and Trustee) is a lecturer in the Drama Department at the University of Cape Town. He has directed a number of productions with strong community roots such as BEYOND SILENCE, NOT A PRISON and 9437 TO STADT. He is the Artistic co-ordinator for Sithi@Baxter and a director of the Garage Theatre Company. Mandla co-ordinates the Community Groups Intervention project in Khayelitsha.Mandla Mbothwe's brand new production, Ingcwaba lendoda lise cankwe ndlela (The Grave of the Man is Next to the Road) premieres at Infecting the City 09 - the Spier Performing Arts Festival. Featuring Faniswa Yisa and our first class of trainees from the Magnet Training Programme. Mandla directs Sacred Harvest. Martins Isidore Duruji: is a writer and a director. He is also the founder and creator of Teleios Korban Creative Lab (2009) Mwenya Kabwe: is from Zambia.After graduating from UCT with a Masters in Theatre and Performance she has gone on to work as a lecturer there while continuing her career in acting. In 2009 she won the coveted Fleur de Cap award for best actress in Lara Bye's Yellowman. In 2008 she won the Performance Art category at the Spier Contemporary Exhibition. She has keen interests in creating original and site specific performance work, young people, and the transformative potential of engaging audiences in the theatre making process. She is fascinated by every aspect of playback theatre and sees Bonfire Theatre as a very special opportunity to explore and play. Mwenya is a member of Sacred Harvest. Nanzikambe Arts Development Organization: is an award winning Arts and Development Organization that is committed to the advancement of human rights, justice, equality, social and political, good governance, empowerment, poverty reduction, improved standards of living and health and the realization of human potential through the Arts. Nanzikambe was established in early 2003, closely working with the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture in a mutual endeavour to see arts and culture flourish in Malawi. The organization‟s expansive body of work encompasses two main areas: producing theatre of the highest quality for Malawian and International audiences and using theatre for education, development and social change. Nanzikambe is dedicated to the advancement of Malawian theatre and is concerned with developing theatre forms that are unique to the country. Nanzikambe adapts European classics- taking ownership of those classics and re-inventing them in the African setting. The second main thrust of the organization‟s artistic initiative is to unearth yet- untold stories and devise theatre that touches the heart of contemporary issues in society. Nehemia Chivandikwa: is a lecturer at the University of Zimbabwe, Drama Department. He is currently completing a PHD in applied theatre on participatory practices in Theatre for Development. “New Life”: is an interactive theater performance about discrimination, and it also serves as motivation to people to get tested for HIV / Aids. Ntokozo Madlala: is currently a UKZN Pietermaritzburg lecturer and an MA graduate of UCT Drama; she has a burning desire to tell and facilitate the telling of “beyond apartheid” stories of South African communities. She has worked as a teacher, an actor, director, a Community and TIE practitioner and also as a TV presenter for a children‟s show Siyakholwa, We Believe. NOT ALONE Exhibition: is a visual arts collection showcasing the role of the arts in fighting the AIDS epidemic globally. It was inaugurated in Los Angeles under the title MAKE ART/STOP AIDS. In a streamlined and adapted form, it has been displayed in Durban, South Africa, at the Durban Art Gallery, and in Johannesburg, at Museum Africa. Next stop is The Castle in Cape Town, through January 2010. Iconic works include: Daniel Goldstein and John Kapellas‟s Medicine Man made entirely of pill bottles, Adriana Bertini‟s condom dresses, Thukral and Tagra‟s flip-flops, among others. Portable versions of the exhibition are also available for display. Manya Gittel MA (Wits); LTCL (Trinity College London); 22 years trainer/facilitator experience in schools, NGO and corporate sectors; current study Psychology Honours (UNISA). Manya has worked with Boal‟s Interactive Theatr techniques for 14 years both in South Africa and Internationally. Olefile Masangane is a creative communicator, strategist and facilitator with an enormous experience in working with people of diverse backgrounds. He is involved in leadership development and is an excellent facilitator of creative concepts for strategy development and personal creativity. As a speaker he has dynamic stage presence and an ability to relate to big and small audiences. He is currently involved with Heartlines and Young & Able. Phakama: is an international, process oriented arts group for all age groups. Phyllis Klotz : Artistic Director and co founder of the Sibikwa Arts Centre and a graduate of UCT, Phyllis has been involved in Developmental Theatre for many years. She has toured extensively throughout Southern Africa with plays that deal with topics from Shakespeare to the environment playing in schools, factories, day hospitals wherever people assemble. Her immersions in the problems of woman in the lower socio-economic group have led her to write collaboratively and direct You Strike a Woman You Strike a Rock. This seminal piece of South African theatre toured extensively at home and abroad. She has written several plays with Smal Ndaba (co-founder of Sibikwa) which has garnered several awards for their contribution to South African theatre. These plays published under the title Sibikwa Plays have toured internationally to great acclaim. Recently, Phyllis adapted Bessie Heads novel Maru for the stage the production played to over twenty thousand people. She is the recipient of several awards amongst them the Naledi Life Time Achievement award and most recently was named by The Star newspaper as in the top ten cultural achievers in South Africa. PJ Sabbagha: is one of South Africa‟s leading choreographers and teachers. He is an internationally acclaimed artist, director of When Life happens Festival and trainer of many young talented artists in South Africa. This is his first collaboration with Drama for Life. Robert Aphane: survived as a theatre „luminary‟ for a decade and half in his Arts career he has chosen to love. He completed his theatre studies and is now Pursuing his MA in Arts and Culture and Heritage Management at Wits University. He is a former member of the provincial Arts and Culture Council in Limpopo Province between 1996-1999. He won a Mapungubwe Lifetime Award last year in the Mapungubwe Arts Festival. Selloane Mokuku: is a WSI facilitator from Lesotho and a Drama For Life MA graduate. She is a consultant and a researcher. She is an advocate for psychosocial support and economic empowerment for and with young people. Sphetho Mkhize: is a facilitator for DramAidE. Sibikwa Arts Centre: encourages a culture of learning through the creative arts to direct the energies of youngsters toward productive activity to equip young people with life skills. Simangele Mabena: is originally from Johannesburg. After completing her MA (Dramatic Arts) at Wits University focusing on Applied Drama and Theatre, she has been engaged in work at the Sibikwa Arts Centre working with the Arts in development programme with learners and managing the Sibikwa Arts Dance Company. This love for the arts has grown into her ongoing involvement in projects using the performance arts to facilitate community development. Tendai Mtukwa: studied theatre at the University of Zimbabwe, where she was involved in numerous performances, as an actress and a designer. Upon completion of her studies, she joined Theory X Media Company, where she worked as an actress, with memorable roles as Laura Wingfield in Tennesse Williams‟ The Glass Menagerie and as Alice in Vineger Tom; a feminist play that explores gender and power relationships through the lens of the 17th century witchcraft trials in England. Tendai participated in the prestigious Harare International Festival of the Arts (HIFA) as an actress and practitioner; facilitating young people‟s theatre, as well as theatre sports, games and exercises. She has also facilitated theatre-making skills to communities and to youth, in Harare, Gweru, Mutare and Inyanga. Currently, through the Drama for Life project, Tendai aim to explore Applied Drama and how it can benefit and restore the dignity of the people of Southern Africa. “The Truth About You”: Developed by Grace Meadows and Denzel Edgar is a one man / woman performance that personifies HIV and presents a fresh outlook on the HIV centered discourse to a largely sensitized audience. Themba Interactive: Themba Interactive is an inventive non-profit arts and culture organisation which uses interactive drama methodologies to enable dialogue with the aim to influence positive behaviour change, particularly amongst young people in South Africa. Utilizing the performing arts, Themba creates safe spaces for young people to converse about issues that matter in their lives - HIV/Aids, safer sex, gender and cultural norms, negotiation, communication and other life skills - and to learn how to express themselves in alternative and more effective ways. Themba's main activities include the creation and performance of interactive plays that are followed by a participatory facilitation and custom-tailored training programmes addressing HIV/Aids, human rights, sexuality, relationships, behaviour change, peer education and performance skills. Themba won the Mail & Guardian‟s Investing in the Future "Most Innovative Award" in 2007. Thokozani Kapiri: is one of the new generations of Malawian applied theatre practitioners emerging from the drama department at Chancellor College, a campus of the University of Malawi. Kapiri made his breakthrough into professional theatre in 2003 with Nanzikambe Arts in a production called A Garden of Plenty, showcased at the Young Vic Theatre in London. He graduated in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in drama and English literature. He was a Drama for Life 2008 scholar, having completed a postgraduate honors degree in applied drama and film at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. He is currently Nanzikambe Arts‟ creative producer and theatre for development facilitator as well as a Malawi Drama for Life applied theatre practitioner. Tracey Human: is a teacher/ performer and choreographer. She has performed and choreographed both nationally and internationally. She has received an FNB Vita nomination for most original Contemporary work. Recipient of The Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Dance. She is actively engaged in the community and has been part of the When Life Happens Festival for six years. Ubom!: Begun in 2003 and based in Grahamstown, Ubom! is the only full-time professional theatre company in the Eastern Cape. It blends the skills of University Drama graduates with the talents of disadvantaged community theatre practitioners. This lively mix inspires a unique creativity which in turn generates a distinctive theatre style which speaks to the hearts and minds of both urban and rural audiences. Ubom!‟s primary objective is to give disadvantaged communities in the province access to theatre performances and arts activities. Ubom!‟s interactive and participatory intervention style engages with a variety of pressing social and environmental challenges. Audiences experience what a powerful tool drama can be and just how communities can be empowered to consider changes in attitudes and behaviour. And wherever Ubom! goes, it paints the place with vibrant colours: revitalizing the doldrums of Grahamstown with a community Christmas show, bringing street theatre to the Science Festival, helping street youth to find artistic voices through “Art of the Street”, and injecting energy into the school curriculum with creative educational programmes. Most importantly, Ubom! fills the theatrical gap in the Eastern Cape. Ubom! is a magnet for artistic talents and skills, empowering local graduates and helping to stem the drain of talents to other provinces. Ubom! develops material with an Eastern Cape focus, and proves that by not being limited to the rich urban elites, theatre can be born even in the most unlikely of circumstances. UKZN : All members of the LOVER AND ANOTHER group are registered students of UKZN. Studying in different subjects, and writing in differing poetic styles, they are united by their talent and their skill in sharing their thoughts and feelings with an audience. “Under My Skin”: is an HIV / Aids awareness stage play. It presents as introspective look at HIV / Aids. Warren Nebe: is the Head of Dramatic Art, Wits School of Arts, University of the Witwatersrand and the Director of Drama for Life, Africa. He is a Theatre Director, Senior Lecturer, a HPCSA and NADT registered Drama Therapist and a Fulbright Alumni. His research focuses on identity construction, representation and memory in South Africa through an auto-ethnographic theatre-making approach. This research is articulated in his Transformation Project supported by the Wits Transformation Office and Carnegie Corporation. Notions of identity are explored in two theatre productions, ID Pending and Hayani, under his direction. Nebe is also a research member of the Wits School of Human & Community Development, Apartheid Archives Research Project. His other research focuses on how an integrated therapeutic drama approach can foster capacity development in HIV/Aids education throughout Africa. Nebe has also recently directed Closer and Woza Joshua! When Life Happens Festival: We‟re warmed by the notion behind the term „When life Happens‟, specifically with regards to HIV and AIDS, it takes away the stigma, negativity and fear that cloud the disease, demystifying it into something that does happen, has happened and can happen, to thousands of people around us. In support of those millions of people to whom „life happened‟ and who are living with HIV and AIDS, make sure to get down to the When Life Happens Festival later this year. Zama Mhlambo: has worked professionally with young people nationally and internationally as a drama teacher for over 20 years. She joined DramAidE as a Facilitator/ Trainer, coordinating a touring theatre project that focuses its messages around abstinence and/or being faithful. She has gradually changed her career from Education to a Communication focus and is currently studying for an Honours Degree under Culture, Communication and Media Studies at the University of KwaZulu Natal. More recently my work has included working with organisations, higher institutions as well as high schools.