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Entries in South Africa (10)


Fourie, Charles (South Africa)

Charles J. Fourie is an accomplished and multi-award winning playwright, scriptwriter, and film and theater director and producer whose works have been staged throughout South Africa, the United Kingdom, the United States, and also broadcast on various radio and television stations such as SABC, M-NET, KykNET, BBC in the United Kingdom, Radio Sonder Grense, and Maroela Radio.

He has been the recipient of numerous awards for his writing including the Amstel Playwright of the Year award, which he received on two occasions, the AA Life/Vita Best New Play and Best Production awards, the SACPAC Playwright of the Year award, a RSG Radio Drama award (including several nominations), DALRO Best New Play award, KKNK/Nagtegaal Best Play award, and the Maskew Miller Literary award for drama. He was also recently nominated for six KykNET Fiesta theatre awards for the production of his play Agterplaas.

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Higginson, Craig (South Africa)

Craig Higginson is a novelist, playwright, theatre director, dramaturge, editor and university lecturer. Craig’s writing and directing have been nominated for and won several awards in South Africa and the United Kingdom, including the Sony Gold Award, an Edinburgh Fringe First and a Naledi Award for Best New South African play. He is the Literary Manager and dramaturge at the Market Theatre and teaches playwriting at Wits. His plays and fiction are represented by PFD literary agency in London. He is currently doing his PhD at Wits University.

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Jeynes, Karen (South Africa)

Karen Jeynes is a writer: of plays, tweets, television, poetry, fiction, radio, and pretty much anything people will pay her for. She has an unnatural obsession with reality television and Nutella. She lives in Cape Town, which is bloody distracting when you’re trying to hit a deadline but the city is basking in the sunshine. She has two boys who are far more entertaining than she is, and frequently teach her new shortcut keys on the computer. She’s optimistically attempting to adapt Jane Austen for her Master’s Degree. She teaches scriptwriting online at, and you can follow her @karenjeynes or read her occasional blog at


Mfono, Lereko (South Africa)

Lereko Mfono, is an actor, writer, drama facilitator who honed his craft at the National School of the Arts and later at Wits University, studying applied drama.

His toured as a storyteller with Gcina Mhlophe’s Zanendaba Storytellers, and recent performance credits include An Ode To The Bottle (2014) and 2015 Naledi Award nominated play for best Ensemble Secret Ballot.

Lereko has participated in various national and international TYA writing projects, such as the ASSITEJ Inspiring a Generation programme that led him to travel to France, Paris in 2013 to develop award-winning play Narrative Dreams. He was also among three playwrights to win the 2013 Imbewu-Scribe national playwright's competition with his play Malebone. He has recently taken part in Kennedy Centre's New Visions/New Voices festival where his new play, The Kids from Amandla Street was developed.

Lereko has facilitated and taught Creative Arts in Correctional Centers, High Schools, Corporate and took part in the national Artist-In-Schools programme. In his spare time, he writes short stories and runs an Applied Drama company called Seeds of Water (SOW). He shares his love and passion for theatre with the young across schools, festival workshops and diverse spaces. 

Lereko lives in Johannesburg


Mlambo, Mojalefa Samson (South Africa)

Mojalefa Samson Mlambo is a freelancing playwright, director, poet, mentor, tutor, drama facilitator and an actor. He holds a National Diploma in Drama from Durban University of Technology and a B-Tech degree from Tshwane University of Technology. He had written and directed award winning theatre productions such as Juice, Meet Bro Six Two, The Shoe Man, Breath Taken, The Preacher’s Dinner Table, The Dowry, Unforgiving father, The General’s Daughter and Morena.

He is also a part time writer and critic for a Naane Le Moya blog. He tutors his Scriptwriting 101 Master classes across South Africa and a part time/freelance tutor for acting and directing classes. He also mentors various community theatre groups and theatre writers from Zambia, Kenya, China, USA, and Australia. He holds writing and acting workshops in correctional services and community halls.

 His works received various awards such as Most Promising Script award, Best Achievement In Comic Script award, Audience Favourite award, Best New Comer award, Best Production award and was an overall 1st price winner of Masakhane’s Festival at Soweto theatre. He has recently participated in New Vision/New Voices festival at Kennedy Centre and International Playwright Intensive at Maryland University where his new play Mr Jozé And The Rabbits was developed.  He is currently compiling a book titled Plays for directing Projects and is also releasing his 1st Tswana Poetry Book.


Molusi, Omphile (South Africa)

Omphile Molusi is a freelance writer/actor. He graduated from the Market Theatre Laboratory and has been writing and acting for theater since 2001. His theater acting credits include: Itsoseng, Romeo and Juliet, The Mirror, Caucasian Chalk Circle, Much Ado About Nothing, Echoes, Blurring Shine, Julius Caesar, Sharpeville 1&2, and others. His writing credits for theater: Itsoseng (Published by Junkets publishers and Oxford University Press SA, adapted for BBC radio.), For the Right Reasons (Published by Oxford University Press SA), The Sweet Door, and Ijo! Pozeng. Short Story: “Bargain” (Published by Penguin publishers). Writing for TV: Zone 14 series 2. Omphile was the first recipient of the Bret Goldin Bursa-ry. He also won the Scotsman Fringe First Award 2008 for Itsoseng at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. He taught the Cecil Berry voice technique at the Actors Centre and at the Market Theatre Laboratory.


Schulz, Tamara (South Africa)

Tamara Schulz grew up alongside elephants and tall trees in a remote wilderness area in Zambia. She completed her MA in African masquerade performance at Rhodes University, after which she found her way to a mosaic-like career in theatre and education. She has worked as a set and costume designer, a director, educator, lecturer, writer, waitress and fundraiser. She has 15 years of experience creating devised theatre using participatory methods, with work ranging from forestry and conservation in Zambia, to inner city schools in Johannesburg. She works with ASSITEJ South Africa, training creative arts teachers in primary schools.


Turner, Gisele (South Africa)

Gisele starting writing original scripts in 1983 when she was part of a two-member company called Handy Spandy Players geared to pre schoolers. From 1990 to 2007 she and her partner Wendy Nell wrote, directed and performed in over 30 original productions in schools in Kwa Zulu Natal. As senior script writer and director for NPO Arley's Workshop from 2002 to 2011 she was responsible for plays such as amagama amathathu, Rain and The Green Revolution. Recently, her work Lucky Strike was runner up in the Trinity College of London International Playwriting Pompetition and her play Woof! Woof! for adolescents has been accepted for publishing by Junket and plays at the I heart Festival in Durban in October 2011. Five of her works (some with co-writers) were featured at a recent Kids Inherit! Festival at the Durban University of Technology.


Twani, Sinethemba (South Africa)

Im a freelance playwright, i wrote my first play named THE BENEFICIARY in 2010 for ArtsCape's New Writting Programme, directed by Fatima Dike. The Beneficiary was also staged at ArtsCape's Spring Drama Festival 2011  and now I am currently writting my second play.


Wentworth, Michael (South Africa)

Michael Wentworth is a writer, playwright, poet, director, producer and a cultural activist. He has written and directed numerous plays and has published a sold-out collection of poetry entitled A Love Letter for the Epoch.

Michael started writing professionally for the stage in 1996 when he was commissioned to write a children's play for the Cultural Calabash Arts Festival. Since then he has written and directed original stories as well as various adaptations and tributes for both young and adult audiences. 

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