Mandla Mbothwe

Writer, director, teacher, curator, and artist Mandla Mbothwe is a lecturer at the University of Cape Town’s Drama Department, co-Artistic Director of Magnet Theatre, and the Founder and Director of Mud and Fire Narrative and Mbothwe and Doni Collectives. He has served as Artistic Director of the Steve Biko Centre in King Williamstown and Creative Manager for the Artscape Theatre Centre. Mbothwe has worked both locally and internationally, with more recent projects including Biko’s Quest (2014) for the Artscape Heritage Festival, which later toured the Netherlands and United Kingdom; Artscape Theatre’s Easter Spiritual Arts Festival (2015); Robben Island Bible (2016); Oratorio of the Forgotten Youth (2016) with artists Thembi Mtshali, Mandla Mlangeni, Bo Peterson, Koleka Putuma; and 1976 Spirits (2016), a piece celebrating youth courage and resilience through mass dance and physical interpretation. He holds a MA in Theatre and Performance from University of Cape Town.