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					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 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

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

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 ( 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

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
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

  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

 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
 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

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

“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

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

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

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.

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