CV

Artist, educator, lifelong learner, trickster & Ph.D candidate at Northumbria University.

Professional Summary:

A highly experienced, dedicated, and passionate artist, educator, practice-researcher, and facilitator, I have over a decade of interdisciplinary experience in the arts, teaching, and facilitation environments. Growing up in an activist anti-apartheid community in South Africa in the 1980s, I am deeply interested in, motivated, and inspired by what keeps us together as opposed to what keeps us apart. I have found playing and playfulness to be one such human experience and see the praxis of play as foundational to my artistic, teaching, practice-research, and facilitation practices.

Experience: Workshop Facilitation

Skills for the below include: funding applications, project management, public space negotiation, conceptualization, co-creation, focus groups, participatory research, workshop facilitation, and critical reflection, practice-research, on-site research, documentation, monitoring, and evaluation reports.

 

Wellcome Collection: Play to Win or Play to Keep on Playing

Play Facilitator | London, February 2020

  • As part of the Play Well festival at the Wellcome Collection, I was invited to facilitate two 1-hour workshops. ‘Play to Win or Play to Keep on Playing’ explored the tension between competitive and imaginative play through several games and a discussion at the end. The workshops were well attended and formed part of my practice-research Ph.D.

Self-Employed: The Very Serious Play Retreat

Play Facilitator | Johannesburg, November 2017, 2019

  • Co-facilitated two ‘play retreats’ with theatre-maker Roberto Pombo. These play retreats explored play through playing and reflection over a weekend with several participants.

Gallery of Modern Art Glasgow: …and then what? A Play seminar: The Portrait Exchange

Speaker, Play Facilitator | Glasgow, March 2019

A MAZE Playful Media Festival: The Best Workshop

Speaker, Play Facilitator | Berlin, April 2019

  • Presented a paper and ran The Best Workshop which explores failure and ideas of ‘the best’ and ‘the worst’, winning and losing, through playing various games and reflecting after.

 

The Playful Arts Festival and CounterPlay festivals: The Portrait Exchange & The Best Workshop

Keynote Speaker & Play Facilitator | Eindhoven, Netherlands, April 2018 and Aarhus, Denmark 2017.

  • Played The Portrait Exchange game with over 100 participants as part of the welcome address’ and ran The Best Workshop.

Capital of Children, LEGO Foundation: workshops and various research outputs

Artist in Residence and Researcher in Billund, Denmark 2017

  • For 3 months I lived in Billund, Denmark and visited over 30 galleries in Denmark and London researching how to make LEGO foundations research on Learning Through Play accessible through art.

HIVOS Southern Africa, Zambia Media, and Creativity Fund: Play, Risk and Creativity Workshop

Play Facilitator | Lusaka, Zambia 2013

  • For one weekend workshop I worked with 20 media students on conceptualizing ideas for their media studies output through various idea generation play techniques.

A-MAZE Festival, Goethe Institute: Flipside Game and Workshops

Co-director and Play Workshop Facilitator | Johannesburg – Berlin exchange 2012

  • 8-weekend workshops with Wits School of the Arts students in collaboration with Berlin-based site-specific games collective Invisible Playground, for A Maze Interact Berlin and the Bag Factory Johannesburg, 2012.

Wits School of the Arts, Nirox Art Foundation, and PEPFAR: HIV/AIDS: in it together

Director and Workshop Facilitator | Johannesburg, March 2011

  • Interdisciplinary arts and activism public performance art project. I invited 10 Wits School of the Arts (WSOA) 3rd-year students from visual arts, theatre, film, and Drama For Life to participate in 5 X weekend interdisciplinary workshops resulting in 3 performances, an exhibition, and film that tackled the stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS and strived to communicate meaningful life-affirming messages through performance art.

Experience: Teaching

Skills acquired from the below include: Planning, course design, teaching (online and in situ) which include in-class themed workshops, lectures and seminars, consultations, assessment, moderation, and feedback (both formative and summative, written, in class, and in consultation), assisting with the production of final performances (site, press, documentation), adapting to blended learning approaches, co-teaching, undergraduate, Honours and Masters teaching, devising ensemble performance practices through play, assistance with the professional artistic presentation for the graduating student: website design, proposal writing, and skills to assist them to adapt in a variety of work contexts.

 

Northumbria University: Contemporary Performance

Associate Lecturer| Newcastle-upon-Tyne, January 2019 – March 2020

  • In early 2019 I co-taught with Dr. Linda Taylor on Contemporary Performance for 2nd year Drama students for 12 weeks. Here I was given the opportunity to develop a unique course dedicated to assisting learning in exploring their own relationship to contemporary performance and devising methods through play. In early 2020, following the success of this first iteration, I was given the opportunity to further develop this module ‘Ensemble Explorations’ on my own with 33 1st year BA Drama students over the course of 12 weeks of critically engaging play, privilege, and power.

  • Towards the end of 2019 – January 2020, I taught 12 Foundation Year Drama students in two 6 – week courses dedicated to exploring ‘Art and Science’ and ‘Identity’ through ensemble performance practice.

Falmouth University: A Day of Play for 3rd Year & Masters Students

Visiting Lecturer | Falmouth, September 2019

  • I was invited to run a course on play for 12 Master's students and 100 3rd year BA Design students at Falmouth University. I designed the day around Roger Caillois’ (1961) four areas of game theory: namely agon (contest), alea (chance), mimicry (make-believe), and ilynx (vertigo). The students experienced each area of play and then the afternoon was dedicated to reflective writing and creating their own games.

Helsinki Art Academy: Seminar and Workshop for Performance Masters Students

Visiting Lecturer | Helsinki, August 2018

  • As part of their ‘Participation in Performance’ course, I was invited to give a seminar and workshop critically engaging my own practice. During this time, I was a participating artist in residence for the ‘History be Kind To Me For I Wish To Perform It’ traveling residency project. For the workshop, I invited the students to engage with the work that I made for this which explored learning with and as performance through three questions: how to prepare for a performance, how to do a performance, how to recover from a performance.

Vega School of Brand Leadership: Creative Development

Full-time 1st and 3rd-year Lecturer & Honours supervision| Johannesburg, 2011 – 2013

  • I worked at Vega School of Brand Leadership, full time as a Creative Development navigator for 1st, 3rd year and Honours students at Vega School of Brand Leadership, Johannesburg S.A. In addition to developing teaching methodologies in creative communication and innovation that often included embodied playful improvisational techniques, I supervised several Honours students with the writing up of their theoretical components.

  • Prior to this, I worked part-time as one of their Imagination Lab lecturers (2008-2011) which taught various skills in locations such as Soweto, Alexandra township, Diepsloot, and Joubert Park. Here I designed courses specifically to assist with employment in the industry and continued to work with many of these students in future workshops I ran such as the Flipside Game project mentioned above.

The University of the Witwatersrand, School of the Arts: Various Courses

Part-time 1st, 2nd, and 3rd-year Lecturer | Johannesburg, 2013-2018

  • Here I was given the opportunity to develop my own courses with the students that engaged them in developing and introducing them to performance and live art practice. These courses dealt with both theoretical and practical components of performance studies, with a focus largely on critically engaging ideas around performance in public space and looking at the idea of ‘play’ as part of the process and potentially in the final performance.

Education:

Currently, a Ph.D. candidate completing a practice-research Ph.D. at Northumbria University, due to complete in 2021. Recently awarded fellowship status with the FHEA. Completed Masters with distinction in 2008 and completed several arts and creative facilitation courses.

 

DEGREES:

Northumbria University: Ph.D. candidate

Full time, practice-research | Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 2018-2021

  • Thesis title: Ambiguous Play: investigating play for anti-racist practice in performance studies.

University of the Witwatersrand: Master’s in fine arts (with distinction)

Full time | Johannesburg, 2005-2008

  • Thesis title: Enacting Play: Performance in the Public Domain

Ecole cantonale d’art du Valais: MAPS (Master of Arts in the Public Sphere)

Exchange program | Switzerland 2006

  • For 9 months I was privileged enough to participate in this program, where I learned about public performance art from artists such as Tino Sehgal, Michael Snow, and Gustavo Artigas. I created several performances including the world’s first-ever Snowswimming Team that added to my master’s exhibition.

 

CERTIFICATES:

 

  • FHEA Fellowship status of the Higher Education Academy, May 2021.

  • Kaos Pilot Master Class Art & Craft of Facilitating Learning Spaces, Aarhus, Denmark, 2018.

  • Art Therapy and Social Activism 6-week full-time course, University of Johannesburg, July 2016.

  • Mindfulness practice, 6-weeks, Johannesburg, 2015.

  • Monitoring and Evaluation Masterclass, Arts and Culture Trust, Johannesburg, 2011.

  • Teaching and Learning Course, Advetech, Vega, Johannesburg, 2011.

  • Lefika Art Therapy short Course, Johannesburg 2010.

Awards and Acknowledgements:

  • Winner of 3-year studentship for a practice-research Ph.D. at Northumbria University, 2018-2021.

  • Winner of the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Performance Art (inaugural) for 2013.

  • Lecturer award for D&AD (Design and Art Direction) Student Award for mentoring the winning student, 2011.

  • Selected as one of Mail & Guardians Top 200 South Africans, 2011.

  • Invited to Michelle Obama’s Forum on Women and Leadership, 2011.

  • Winner of the Braitt - Everard Read Award, 2009.

  • Merit Award from Wits University, 2005.

Artist Residencies:

Skills acquired from the below include: funding and grant proposal writing, project management skills, site, and community-specific engagement responding in situ, adopting a grounded approach, i.e., letting the idea and project emerge from the process, people and site, collaboration, co-creation, deep & active listening, learning through doing experimentation and play, curatorial & event management skills. These residencies have strengthened my international network and serve as a generative foundation for intercultural exchange and collaborative exploration and expression.

 

  • Fellow at the Saari Residence Kone Foundation Finland, September-October 2020.

  • History Will Be Kind To Me For I Intend to Perform It 1-month traveling residency to perform at 3 performance art festivals, Finland, Norway, Sweden August-September 2018.

  • Astrid Noaks Atelier ‘Move Through’ experiential run, August 2017 and ‘Hello/Goodbye Party’ November 2018 Copenhagen, Denmark.

  • CC Joburg Glasgow billboard commission and residency at Ithuba Art Gallery, Johannesburg, July/August 2015.

  • The Johannesburg Pavilion participating artist, the 56th Venice Biennale, Venice, May 2015.

  • Afro Vibes Festival: Resident artist in for 3 weeks for the development of The Tin Can Choir in collaboration with youth in the area and Friction Arts, Birmingham, 2014.

  • Standard Bank Young Artist Award: resident artist in Grahamstown, South Africa for the development of Anthea Moys vs The City of Grahamstown April - July 2013. Resident artist in Geneva, Switzerland for the development of Anthea Moys contre les Communes Geneve, for Antigel Festival, December 2013 - February 2014. 

  • Monash University South African Artist in Residence Program, Melbourne Australia February 2010.

  • Infecting The City: Spier Performing Arts festival: Human Right/Human Rite: November 2009 and Jan and Feb 2010 and Treasure: Cape Town February 2011.

  • Kin:Be:Jozi: part of the Joubert Park Project - exchange project between artists from Bern, Kinshasa and Johannesburg. Duration: 6 months. Johannesburg, June 2007.