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The Dramaturge as a Curator and Programmer
Episode Five of Decolonizing Dramaturgy: Theatremakers from Africa in Conversation
Taiwo Afolabi presented Decolonizing Dramaturgy: The Dramaturge as a Curator and Programmer livestreaming on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Wednesday 17 November 2021 at 9 a.m. PST (San Francisco, UTC -8) / 12 p.m. EST (New York, UTC -5) / 5 p.m. GMT (London, UTC +0) / 6 p.m. WAT (Lagos, UTC +1) / 18:00 CET (Berlin, UTC +1) / 19:00 SAST (Johannesburg, UTC +2) / 20:00 EAT (Nairobi, UTC +3).
This concluding episode explores the notion of dramaturgs as curators and programmers with practitioners who are constantly shaping creative works in Africa.
About the Series
A five-episode series featuring award-winning playwrights, dramaturgs, and directors from Africa on conversations around dramaturgical processes. The series engages theatremakers on questions about what it means to be in process with each other. The series will unsettle centers of powers and capture unconventional narratives, experiences, and realities. The ultimate goal is to disrupt the single-story narrative of Africa theatre practice as substandard and constantly borrowing from the West. Each episode invites a playwright, dramaturg, and director to speak on a specific topic related to their creative and dramaturgical processes. For accessibility, French language translation is available for some series and American Sign Language interpretation for all series.
Donald Molosi, (Botswana)
Donald Molosi is an award-winning actor in film and theatre based in London. Molosi has written and performed original solo shows off-Broadway to great critical acclaim. When he premiered his 2010 show called Today It’s Me, Molosi made history as the first person from Botswana to perform in New York City’s prestigious Theatre District. He followed it up with Blue, Black and White in 2011 which won him the Best Actor Award at Dialogue One Festival and the Best Solo Award at United Solo. In 2016 Molosi published his off-Broadway plays in a collection called We Are All Blue which won the African Authors Award in the Best Narrative category and is currently taught in universities around the world. To commemorate his twenty-one year career in theatre, in 2022 Molosi will debut his drag queen alter-ego called Dumêla Fella in London’s West End. Dumêla Fella is the first mainstream drag queen from Botswana. Molosi’s film credits include A United Kingdom, opposite Academy Award nominee Rosamund Pike, the award-winning 2064 and the upcoming Boy Boy filmed in London and Gaborone. Molosi holds an MA in creative writing from Brunel University London, MA in theatre and performance studies (University of California, Santa Barbara), a BA in theatre and political science from Williams College. He trained in classical acting at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA).
Ibukun Fasunhan, (Nigeria)
Ibukun Fasunhan is a director, stage manager, playwright, and producer. He is one of the most sought-after stage managers in Nigeria, whose works have graced different theatres in the world. His writing debut won the third place in the fourth Beeta Playwright Competition 2021, and was selected as one of five producers in Africa to participate in the Pan-African Creative Exchange Producers Lab 2020. Having a flair for small cast plays, one of his directing works, Home, was performed at the Vrystaat Art Festival in South Africa 2019. He also produced the Lagos Theatre Festival in 2019.
Princess Rose Zinzi Mhlongo, (South Africa)
Princess Rose Zinzi Mhlongo was born in Emalahleni Mpumalanga, South Africa. She obtained her BA in drama at the Tshwane University of Technology. Upon directing her debut production And the girls in their Sunday dresses, Princess was named the 2012 Standard Bank Young Artist of the Year. Her career journey was documented in a SABC thirteen-part documentary/reality show following her path as a young black female director. Princess’s work has toured around the world, receiving numerous nominations and awards. For seven years, she ran an independent performance space called The Plat4orm, attending to the need of developing new uncensored work in the industry. Princess served as part of a research team of African creatives formed by The Goethe Institute, mapping cultural practices that develop through migration and mobility in North and Southern Africa. In 2020 she was selected to be part of the Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics Lab Fellows Program for 2020-2022. She is the managing director of African Entertainers which has worked with talents such as Samthing Soweto, Ibokwe and Mello & The Major. The company is currently developing a number of African original feature films.