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Thoko Ntshinga (CT)
Thoko Ntshinga is a South African actress best known for her roles as Donna Makaula on the M-Net soap opera Egoli, and as Senior Superintendent Nomsa Dlamba on the SABC1 drama series Interrogation Room, since 2005.
Founder and Director of Nants’ingqayi Arts Development Association. (A Community Development Project, based in Langa, Cape Town. South A frica.)
Freelance Director, Actor, Translator, Cultural Facilitator, Community Development Practitioner. Commun ity Theatre Facilitator.
2012 Dark Tide (Performer)
2009 Eersgeborene (Performer)
2007 The bird can’t fly (Performer)
2007 Anner House (Performer)
2007 Mein Traum von Afrika (Performer)
2006 Goobye Bafana (Dialogue coach)
2005 Follow your heart (Performer)
2006 Katrina (Performer)
2000 A Reasonable Man (Performer)
1988 A Dry White Season (Performer)
1987 Taxi to Soweto (Performer)
1984 Skating on Thin Uys (Performer)
1983 Farce about Uys (Performer)
2007 Interrogation Room (Performer, Creative Director and Translator)
2005 Interrogation room (Performer)
1993-2003 Egoli, South African tele-serial (Performer) Trainee Director
1991/2 Velaphi (Performer and Translator)
1990 Iingcinga (Performer) Best actress award
1989 Ingqumbo Yeminyanya, 2nd assistant Director and Cultural Adviser
1989 Akukho nkwal’liphandel’enye (Performer)
2012-13 Mies Julie Strindberg-Adapted by Yael Farber (Performer)
2012 Amaza by Z S Qangule. Artscape (Adapted and Directed)
2011. Bash or Be Bashed. (Written and directed)
2011 Amaza by Z S Qangule. Artscape (Adapted and directed)
2009 Ezethu, the musical. Artscape (Conceptualiser and Director)
2008 Wayenje u Langa (Creator & Director) Suidoosterfees festival.
2005 Lazarus (Performer) UCT Little Theatre
2004-5 Kusalawula Yena (Adapted, Directed)
2004 Church full of Light (Performer)
1999 And the girls in their Sunday Dresses (Director)
1997 The good woman of Sharkeville (Performer)
1990 Curl up and dye (Performer)
1998 SABS Approved, Cabaret (Performer, Singer)
1987 Black & White Follies, musical (Performer/ Singer)
1986 Born in the RSA (Workshoped) Tour of England, Scotland & USA (Performer/deviser)
1984 Umongikazi / the Nurse (Performer)
1993 Farce about Uys (Performer)
1980 Uyscreams with hot chocolate sauce (Performer)
1979 Call me woman (Workshoped) Performer/deviser
1979 Cincinatti (Workshoped) Performer/deviser
1979 Nongogo (Performer)
1977 The African Odyssey (Musical) Performer/Lead dancer
1976 The Sacrifice of Kreli (Performer)
Prizes and Awards
2013 Fleur Du Cap nominee for best supporting actress (Mies Julie)
2003 Woman of the World Award (WOW)
2000 City press/Rapport (Newspapers) Prestige 2000 Award for one of SA’sMost Inspirational Women
1998 Artistic Recognition of Excellence Award (Harlem USA)
1997 Corbet/Langa Award for uplifting the Community through outstanding Achievement in Dramatic Art. Cape Town
1993 Artes Award for Best Actress in a Dramatic Work ‘Iingcinga’ (South African Broadcasting Cooperation. SABC)
Research Awards and Funding
NRF University Block Grant( Internal funding for a chosen project) Western Cape Cultural Commission (for Nants’ingqayi arts Development)
Suidoosterfees festival (for Nants’ingqayi Arts Development)
Ms Ntshinga developed isiXhosa language stream at the University of Cape Town Drama Department. This resulted in the adaptation of ‘Kusalawula Yena’, by GBS Xundu, a Grade 12 prescribed novel for the isiXhosa learners, in the Western Cape Region.
This piece of work was also adapted from a stage work into a multi media style where all exteriors were played on screen while the play was live on stage. DVD’s of this play were distributed to High schools for further assistance in the high school revision of the novel.
Ms Ntshinga was also part of the team which developed the Community Theatre
Stream at UCT during her time as a lecturer there.
2012 Rape Crisis Counselling, Rape Crisis Centre, Cape Town Trust
2010-11 Comprehensive Life Coach Training. South African Institute of Life
Coach Training (SAILCT) Certificate
2004. Certificate, Event Management. Artscape Theatre.
2005. MA Theatre for Development (TFD), Winchester University. England
2000 Franz Marx Films, Multi Camera, Directorship (Learnership)
1998 Business Management and Administration (Damelin College)
1997 Communication 1 (University of South Africa. Unisa)
1997 Industrial psychology 1 (Unisa)
1997 Practical English (Unisa)
1996 Certificate (Drama) University of Pretoria (Proff. Louw Oodendaal) (A Community Outreach Project)
2 003-2006 Lecturer, University of Cape Town (UCT)
Engaging the Langa community in self- upliftment and acquiring of skills towards self empowerment.
Workshops and practice on Mon, Wed, Fridays for Theatre, Dance and African drums with the youth in Langa to date.
Reminiscence Theatre with senior citizens at Kwa Nolungile senior citizens’ club to date.
Organising professionals to share skills with Community members of Langa Cape Town.
Research (Areas where participation is required in the creation of material.)
Ntshinga T, 2012, Production: Amaza by Z S Qangule, Adapted and directed. Artscape
Ntshinga T, 2011. Production: Amaza by Z S Qangule. Adapted and directed. Artscape
Ntshinga T, 2005. Production: Lazarus by Patrick Cairns. Intimate Theatre, UCT Drama Department. “Performer”.
Ntshinga T, 2005. Production: Kusalawula Yena, by GBS Xundu. Little Theatre. UCT Drama Department. ‘Adapted and directed’
Ntshinga T, 2004. Nosel'eyibethile, directed, Artscape. Ntshinga T, 2003. Consultancy: Catch a Wake up. The use of
Theatre for Development with the youth at UCCSA Church, Soweto. South Africa.
Other positions held
2010-to date Board member, New Africa Theatre Association.
2008-to date Director, Waterfront Television.
2005-7 Commissioner of the Western Cape Cultural Commission (WCCC)
2006-7 Chairperson of the Western Cape Cultural Councils 2006/7/8
2005-9 Board member of the St Joseph’s Home for Chronic Invalid Children
2004-to date Director of Nants’ingqayi Arts Development Foundation (NAD), a Community Development project. Langa.
1999-2002 Trustee – Arts and Culture Trust of the President
2002 Arts Coordinator for the Amy Biehl Foundation Trust (Cape Town)
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