Gcebile Dlamini

Gcebile Dlamini

 

Dlamini is a theatre director, educator, writer and actress born in the mountainous valleys of Swaziland. As a young girl she was exposed to ballroom dancing and musical instruments which motivated her to become an actress. She completed her Diploma in Drama at the University of Technology from 2008 to 2010. She continued her studies and completed her B-Tech at the Tshwane University of Technology.

 

During her studies she was drawn to directing and community work, resulting in her interest in community theatre. She took this interest further and completed her Honours in Applied Drama and Theatre through the University of the Witwatersrand’s Drama for Life Division in 2015. During her Honours year she was awarded the Dr. John Kani Theatre for Social Change Award and is still inspired to continue studying. Some productions directed and some written by her includes Nomzamo (Naledi award winning Production for Best Community Theatre 2013), Isaro (Ovation Award at the Grahamstown Arts Festival 2013 -2017), I still ask myself why (2012), My silence is talkative (2015), Dzeliwe) (2014), Mzilikazi KaMshobane (2013), Tshimbila Rantsula (2015 – 2016), young@home (2017), Thwala (2017) etc In My Mother’s womb (2018). She has also been an external examiner for Honors and first year Honors students at the University of Witwatersrand for Applied theatre studies. This has made he grow a passion for directing and wanting to venture into TV directing and industrial theatre.

 

She has performed in stage shows as Sangoma for fragmented prisms by Sabelo Ndlovu and Nomadlozi by Zimele Ndlovu, Goddess by Vianney farmer etc. Her passion for directing did not stop her from being an actress. Her acting experiences include numerous school production and she is currently an actress for the local soap Skeem Sam as Nomalanga. She was also featured in Mzansi magic short stories to mention a few Abangani as Khethiwe directed by Kalumbu kapisa, Ukhakhayi Etv and Judge Thenjiwe on Moja Love directed by Zuko Nodada.

 

She has collaborated with The Forgotten Angle Theatre Collaborative, the University of Fort Hare (community engagement), Drama for Life and Soul City, Tswelopele Frail Care Centre, Johannesburg Society of the Blind etc. As part of her work with The Hillbrow Theatre Project she has worked as both a facilitator and a School’s Festival Coordinator. She has travelled to Denmark and Germany forging collaborations with international companies. Her production young@home which was a collaboration with South Africa theatre thespians and a director from Denmark has opened her doors in the theatre industry. She has worked alongside Thandazile Sonia Hadebe, Nhlanhla Mahlangu, Joao Orrechia, Jefferson Tshabalala, Lindiwe Matshikiza, Gerard Bester, Dorothy Ann Gould, Dumisani Dlamini, Mpho Molepo, Ntshieng Mokgoro, Bheki Mkhwane, Paul Noko etc. Her international collaborators include Royal Central School of Speech and drama with Katharine Low, Vamos, C:NTACT with Hendrik Hartman and Peter Du Point Weiss.

 

Dlamini is the recipient of numerous awards. These include: Dedication and Professionalism – Durban University of Technology (Drama department) – 2010, Best Original Script: I still ask myself why – EADS, 2012, Adjudicators award: I still ask myself why – EADS Festival, 2012, Best Director: Nomzamo– SANCTA, 2013, Best EnsembleIsaro – EADS, 2014, Naledi Award for Best Community TheatreNomzamo– 2014, Dr John Kani Theatre for Social Change Award: The University of Witwatersrand: Faculty of Humanities – 2015, SANCTA’s 36th One-Act Play Festival Best Sound and Lighting, Best Original Script, The Adjudicators Special Merit Award “For shifting the boundaries in Community Theatre”, Best Director and 2nd Runner-up to Best Overall Production , 2016 Ovation Award for Isaro – Grahamstown Arts Festival, Best Director: Tshimbila Rantsula EADS Festival 2017, Overall Best production: Thwala – Inner City High Schools Drama Festival etc