Incubator Mentors

Incubator Mentors

Incubator programme 2017/2018

Author: San Mari/22 November 2017/Categories: Festival

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Event date: 2017-11-15 08:00 PM - 2018-03-25 08:00 PM Export event

Aubrey Sekhabi (Musical Theatre Mentor)
In 1994, he was appointed as the Artistic Director of North West Arts Drama Company. He was 24 years old at the time. During his eight years stint at the North West province, he produced more than 30 productions and developed many artists who have graced our theatres, small and big screens. In 2002, he took up the position of Artistic Director of The South African State Theatre in Pretoria where he established the Development Department, he went on to produce many productions and made the theatre more accessible to the previously disadvantaged artists and audiences.
He has written and directed ‘Back To School’ (1985), ‘Save the people’ (1986), ‘Strong Hold’ (1990), ‘Silent Voice 1’ ( 1992), ‘Roadhouse’ (1992), ‘Mika’ (1993), ‘Scomearound’ ( 1993), ‘Nkonyeni High’ (1995), ‘On My Birthday’ (1995), ‘Homegirls’ (1996), ‘Not With My Gun’ (co-writer 1997), ‘The Stick’ (co-writer 1999), ‘Interracial’ (co-writer 2007), ‘Silent Voice’ (2008), ‘Mantolo The 10th Step’ (2008), Kalushi - The Story of Solomon Mahlangu (2010), Rivonia Trial (2010), ‘Rhetorical’ (co-writer 2012), ‘Hungry’ (2014) and ‘Marikana The Musical’ (2014). He also directed ‘Ringo DVD Live’ at SA State Theatre, ‘National Orders Awards’, ‘Mother of Rain’, ‘Sizwe Banzi is Dead’ featuring John Kani and Winston Ntshona, ‘The finale of the FIFA World Cup Final Draw’ and the ‘Thank You Africa Concert’ in Dakar in 2010. His Television credit includes ‘SABC2 detective series’, ‘Orlando’, ‘The Adaptation of Keeping up Appearances’ to a local comedy series called ‘Mponeng’ and a fifty-two part medical series called ‘Hillside’ which was broadcast on SABC 2. His 1994 play ‘Mika’ won him the FNB Vita Award for Most Original Production and in 1988; he received the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Drama. In 2012, he won Naledi Theatre Award for Best Director and Best South African play/musical with the production of ‘Rivonia Trial’. 
In 2015, his production ‘Marikana The Musical’ was nominated thirteen times whilst ‘Hungry’ was nominated five times. ‘Marikana The Musical’ has won unprecedented six awards for Best Director, Best Score and Best Production. He has served on the following councils: North West Provincial Arts and Culture Council, National English and Literary Museum. He is also the founder member and president of GBR Productions (PTY) LTD and serves on The National Arts Festival Committee. In 2009, he was appointed to serve on the Ministerial Task Team for Arts and Culture and went on to play an advisory role for the opening and closing ceremony of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. He was the curator for The South African Performing Arts Programme at the 2012 London Olympics. During the same year, 2012, he was instrumental in The South African Season at the Edinburgh Arts festival. In 2013, he was the Theatrical Director of Orange Africa Cup of Nations.
Napo Masheane (Poetry Mentor)
Napo Masheane is a founding member of the Feela Sistah Spoken Word Collective and with its demise, went on to become one of the nation’s leading black women theatre makers in South Africa. With her roots sunk deep into community theatre, she later moved to mainstream stages when she wrote, directed and produced plays such as, ‘My Bum Is Genetic, Deal With It’ and ‘Fat Black Women Sing’. She further organized women artists between the USA and SA in a project called Colours of the Diaspora. In between internships, directing shows on cruise ships and study opportunities she also completed two poetry collections, ‘Caves Speak in Metaphors’ and ‘Fat Songs for my Girlfriends’. Napo Masheane won the first Mbokodo Award for Women in Theatre Category and Pan African Language Award (PALA) and recently SAFTA’s (South African Film and Television Award) for Umlilo (Etv drama series). Napo recently acquired her Masters in Creative Writing from Rhodes University. Picked up on the international circuit, was one of her monologues; chosen and performed by leading actor, Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years A Slave).  She was the first black woman to stage and direct a play 'A New Song' mentored by Royal Court London, at the Market Theatre (John Kani main stage). Presently she is the Deputy Artistic Director of The South African State Theatre.

David April. (Business and Arts Administration Mentor)
April has a BA in Education and Psychology degree from the University of South Africa. He obtained the IMM Arts Marketing Certificate of competence in the year 2000. In 2003, he was the first recipient to receive the prestigious Tunkie Memorial Award for Outstanding Dedication and Leadership in Dance. He co-produced the international dance component of the Arts Alive Festival 2007/8 under the auspices of the Multi-Arts initiative of South Africa (MUiSA), a company that arranges, manages and produces various dances such as ballet as well as theatre performances. In partnership with Gregory Maqoma, he was responsible for the entertainment, showcasing the South African cultural diversity section of the inaugural Soccer Exhibition (Soccerex) in 2007/08, which took place in Johannesburg hosted by the Gauteng Provincial Government. He is an accredited assessor and moderator with the MAPPP-SETA and accredited learner-ship mentor with the ETDP SETA.

Greg Homann (Dramaturge/Drama Mentor)
Greg Homann is an academic, playwright and multi-award winning theatre director. He has a BA Dramatic Arts Degree from Wits University and a Masters in Text and Performance Studies (with a distinction) from The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) and King’s College London. He currently serves as a dramaturge at The South African State Theatre and has directed theatre productions in different styles and forms that includes drama, comedy, musical theatre, musical revue, contemporary world-drama and new South African plays. Among many awards for directing, he was the Standard Bank Young Artist Winner for Theatre in 2014. His most celebrated works include Brothers in Blood (director), Delirium (director), The Pirates of Penzance (director/designer), Pterodactyls (director/designer), One Woman Farce (co-writer/director), Oedipus @ Koö-Nú! (writer/director), and  A Voice I Cannot Silence (co-writer / director). He has co-edited two internationally published books on post-apartheid theatre. He regularly lectures courses in South African theatre: directing, acting, comedy in performance and playwriting.

Francesco Biagini (Film Making Mentor)
Francesco has been working for over twenty-five years in the international film and television industry. He is a professional who delivers creativity and commitment in an economical manner. He has extensive experience in delivering cutting-edge video and TV productions in diverse environments.
Accustomed to performing in deadline-driven environments, he consistently delivers high quality projects on time and within budget. He has excellent judgment and command of the latest video production methodologies, workflows, software and hardware, which enables him to add value to any media production.
He is also a multiple camera shoot specialist and a media production consultant for several organizations and productions. Francesco is an experienced lighting camera operator, a creative multi award winning off line editor and a skilled online editor and colourist. He also works as a post-production supervisor and consultant. He has been a permanent resident in South Africa since 2003.

Refiloe Lepere (Directing Mentor)
Refiloe is a theatre director, writer and educator. She currently serves as a dramaturge at The South African State Theatre. Her numerous theatre credits include ‘Between Sisters’, ‘Jozi Shorts’, ‘Talking Black’, ‘Songs for Khwezi’ and ‘Complexion’.  She has directed nationally and internationally and among her many credits; ‘Heading Out’ performed at Wits Theatre, in Jo’burg and the New York's Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre; ‘Disappearing Act’ at Provincetown Theatre, New York, and ‘Speaking in Tongues’, in Maitisong Theatre, Botswana. She has also directed and co-written ‘Black in the Box’ performed at the Theatre Row, in New York, the play also travelled to Yale University in New Haven, Montréal, Canada and various venues in South Africa. She has written and directed radio dramas, which include; ‘Ria’s World’, a dark comedy, ‘The Way to a Man's Heart’, ‘By Chance’ and ‘Disappearing Acts’; a collaborative radio drama for AfriQueer which has been aired in Botswana, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.

Eliot Moleba (Dramaturge, Play making and Script Development Mentor)
Moleba is a playwright, theatre-maker and director. He holds an honours degree in Dramatic Arts from the University of the Witwatersrand, where he also completed his Masters in Diversity Studies. He is currently the resident dramaturge at The South African State Theatre. He was recently one of the playwrights in residence with The Royal Court Theatre, London, ASSITEJ SA’s Inspiring A Generation programme, and an alumni of the Theatre Project with the DO School, Hamburg, Germany.

Irene Mathe (Stage Management Mentor)
Irene studied Stage Management and has been part of the theatre industry for 18 years. In 2002, she was appointed as a Project Manager under Youth Empowerment Trust (YET). Since 2003, she has been working as a Stage Manager for various productions that were part of The South African State Theatre's ‘52 Seasons’ (a development programme). And went to work wfor productions such as ‘Lion King’, ‘Beauty and The Beast’, ‘High School Musical’, ‘Lion and the Jewel’, ‘Mixed Metaphor’, ‘Gumboots’, ‘Mother of Rain’, ‘Sophiatown’, ‘Footstep’ and ‘Shoeville’, ‘Rivonia Trail’, ‘Kalushi’, ‘Township Story’ and ‘Marikana’ to mention a few. She also worked as an assistant production manager of ‘Saturday Night Feve’ and has travelled to France, Belgium and Germany with various productions.

Mdu Vincent Nhlapo (Dance Mentor)
Mduduzi Vincent Nhlapo is an academic, theatre prolific, playwright, director, choreographer and performer from Soshanguve, North of Tshwane region. His passion for the arts started at an early age while he was part of community groups doing traditional dances and township theatre. In following, having a burning need to sharpen his craft and make a career out of his passion he enrolled with University of Pretoria and completed his Honours Degree in Drama and Film studies. Specialising in four fields: physical theatre, performing and teaching, directing, acting and research. He conceded his honours with distinctions in directing, physical theatre training and performing and acting. His university engagement and thereafter includes numerous features in professional productions and has worked with well-known choreographers and theatre makers. One of his highlights this year was having his dance production ‘KIU’ at The South African Theatre

Abel Mathabe (Visual Arts Mentor)
Abel’s artistic ability started at a tender age. Due to his underprivileged background, he used to make toys using clay, papers, sticks, tins, grass and wire. He took part in forms of art, dance and music. He received a sponsorship to study at the Johannesburg Art Foundation for two years and qualified as a graphic designer and then studied at Artist Proof Studio in Newtown Johannesburg for three years. He has won a mural competition at the Raphael in Sandton where he travelled internationally to Cardiff-South Wales, Burnie in Tasmania and Amsterdam in Netherlands (6 weeks residency). He has been part of The Miniature Art Society of South Africa, hosted more than one successful exhibitions, and received a Best Etching Award in North Carolina (USA) at Seaside Art Gallery.

Norman Chauke (Music Mentor)
Norman is a jazz fundi, multi-award winner, jazz teacher, an academically-trained classical pianist, multi-instrumentalist, composer and a graduate of UNISA and the London School of Music. He has obtained an Associate Diploma in Musical Literacy, Theory and Criticism and an Associate Diploma in Classical Piano from the London Trinity College as well as a Grade 8 Certificate in Classical Piano from UNISA. The numerous awards that he has been honoured with include the Florida Popular Music Gold Award for piano in 1994 and the Gauteng Old Mutual Jazz into the Future Talent Search in 1999. Three colourful albums illustrate his discography. The first is titled ‘Marriage on the Rocks’. His second album, ‘Jazz Dika Number 1’, was nominated in 2009 for the annual SAMA Awards in the category of Best Traditional Jazz.

Tumelo ‘Tuks’ Kepadisa (Hip-Hop Mentor)
Tumelo also known as Tuks or Tuks Senganga is a South African Motswako rapper born in Mafikeng, in the former homeland of the Bophuthatswana. He frequently performs in ethnic languages, though mostly Setswana. He started writing in 1993, drawing inspiration from everyday issues in his immediate environment. His career took off in 2005 with his debut album ‘Mafoko A Me’. This album earned him the Best Hip Hop Album Award at the 12th Annual MTN South African Music Awards (SAMA). He has taken note from another fellow Motswako artist who once said, "Poetry is both lyric and content, one without the other can never be on point". These words encapsulate what he is about, paying homage to one of the most critical aspects of the five elements of Hip Hop for an MC, Rhythm and Poetry.

Kearabilwe Sekgetle (Incubator Coordinator)
Kearabilwe is a 25-year-old young lady from Zeerust, North West. She grew up in Dinokana, a village in Zeerust. Her academic history include a journalism diploma from Rosebank College, a certificate in radio production and presenting from Applied Broadcasting Centre. She is currently studying for a National Diploma in Public Relations Management with the University of South Africa (UNISA). He has two SATMA Awards nominations for Best Community Radio DJ under her belt. Her contributions to the arts started when she worked as a Public Relations Practitioner for Village Gossip Productions, a theatre production company owned by the world-renowned poet and playwright, Napo Masheane. Kearabilwe is now the Incubator Programme Coordinator at The South African State Theatre.

Kenneth Moloele (Technical Coordinator)
Kenneth grew up in a village called Kalkbank in North West.  This is where he attended crèche and primary school until standard one.  Kenneth finished his grade 12 in Mabopane and was introduced to theatre when he studied Performing Arts Technology (Entertainment Technology) at Tshwane University of Technology in 2010. He specialised in sound and lighting but loves sound more as this was the beginning of his career in the arts and entertainment industry.  As a technician, he worked at festivals such as Oppikoppi and Innibos.  He also worked with companies such as MJ Event Gear and Show Group.  He has worked with The South African State Theatre on a tour as a lighting technician and resident sound technician at the Arena theatre.  He was a Technical Stage Manager for Mzansi Fela Festival/CADO 2016 and Youth Expressions Festival 2017 and is currently an Incubator 2017/18 Technical Coordinator.



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