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Ntshieng Mokgoro

Having worked in community theatre for many years Ntshieng first tasted the professional environment when, in 1997 she represented Africa in a project called “CHILDREN OF THE WORLD” which took place in Russia. From then till today she has created and directed many productions (Umdlwembe in 1999, Veil of Tears, Ke Mohope wa Mang in 2006, Thursdays Child in 2008, The Olive Tree in 2009, and recently The Pen written by Monde Mayephu at the Windybrow Theatre…).

From 2010 to current she is working with AGISANANG DOMESTIC ABUSE PREVENTION AND TRAINING (ADAPT) on the program of Arts and Healing, using theatre as a therapy for young girls in high schools. The program has produced two productions namely ‘THE SEED’ and ‘YOUNG WOMAN’ were staged at the Windybrow Theatre in the month of April and currently performing around schools in Gauteng.In 2000 Ntshieng won the Graham Lindop Award for the best Young director at the Market Theatre. She won the STANDARD BANK YOUNG ARTIST AWARD FOR DRAMA FOR 2008/9 in the same year she was named one of the 300 influential young people by MAIL AND GUARDIAN.She is the director of her own company THE OLIVE TREE THEATRE PRODUCTIONS, which employs community and professional theatre practitioners and hosts various theatre workshops and debates. The main program in the company is children’s theatre which boasts with a number of children’s productions.She is also a co-founder (with Napo Masheane) of Lejwe House of Theatre which focuses on providing a platform for professional and emerging female directors including international acclaimed female writers and directors a platform to showcase their work .