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Tamara Gordon-Roberts

A registered Drama Therapist with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (AT 0000850). Tamara trained in the Sesame approach to Drama and Movement Therapy at the Central School of Speech and Drama- University of London. Tamara currently works in various fields as a Dramatherapist, facilitator and educator. Her client experience is in adult mental health (acute and forensic psychiatry); child and adult moderate to severe learning and physical difficulties; child and adolescent emotional behavioural difficulties and the elderly with dementia. Tamara served as the Academic Programme Manager of Drama for Life an independent academic, research, community engagement and social responsibility programme based at the Wits School of Arts, University of the Witwatersrand from (2008-2017). Tamara served as the Chairperson of the South African Network of Arts Therapies Organisations  (2012-2015). Tamara played an instrumental role in the establishment of the first HPCSA registered Honours and Master's degree level training in Drama Therapy in Africa at Wits University. Tamara is currently the Arts Therapies representative on the Occupational Therapy, Medical Orthotics and Prosthetics and Arts Therapies Board of the Health Professions Council of South Africa. In February 2021 Tamara opened Story Café a bespoke children's bookstore and workshop space. Story Café provides the opportunity for young people to develop emotional, cultural and creative literacy through the exploration of story.

 

Alexandra Chloe Singh

Born in 2002 , in 2019 Alex completed school with Bachelor’s Degree Pass ,since then she has completed a gap year programme  in theology amongst other skills like child
care experience, administration experience, volunteering and serving the community. In 2020 Alex did a learnership where she studied business administration where she gained the knowledge to do administration within the
business context. During her Business Administration learnership Alex also started her Higher Certificate in Business Management and is considering to study it further hoping she would have her own Business one day. Alex is currently employed by Story Café where she is gaining hands on experience in Business Administration and Business Management.

Abueng Gasta Mkhoza

Was born in Soweto by Sbongile Mkhonza and Robert Vilakazi. She’s the only child to her parents. Since she was young she had the love for theatre and drama. 1995 she
joined a theatre community group called Thesele Creative Society. 2001 was her first tour to Europe, she travelled with the group for six years doing different street theatre shows in different European countries. The shows were brewed out of music, dance, acting and interacting with the audience. She was a lead in the performances with music.2008-2009 collaboration of Belgium meets Soweto which she was a backing vocalist, featured Pop Mohummed and Khaya
Mahlangu for a musician called Sioen.  She did Macufe festival with the group. She also ventured to models as she also did Soul magazine, Destiny Magazine, Indaba Magazine, SA fashion week, MTN ma10/10 advert and Standard bank.2010-201 joined Themba Interactive NGO. She worked as a trainer facilitator/project coordinator in partnership with department of correctional services training
inmates about HIV/AIDS for inmates to be Peer Educators. She worked with schools high schools and high primary schools. Worked with universities.2018 travelled to Holland for three months with African Mamas doing a tribute for.Mama Mirriam Makeba musical performance.

Ziyanda Frans

Personal innovation is the act of making a change in your
life with the aim of making your world a better one. Ziyanda has currently embarked on that journey of self innovation. Currently based in Johannesburg, she was born in DeAar in the Northern Cape. She studied Sport Management at the Cape peninsula university of Technology, but destiny took her back to her first love, acting. Ziyanda started with church and school plays at a young age.
After matric she joined a group called “Emthanjeni Cultural dancers” where she started her stage play called “ROSE”. In 2012 she obtained a Television Presenting Certificate after doing a short course with Media Concepts at SABC. She worked as an actor educator at Themba Interactive Theatre Company, an
organization using Applied Theatre to dialogue about pertinent social issues such as HIV/AIDS, sexual health and likes. She performed in “disability at a
workplace” Directed by Alex Motswiri. She also played Multiple Roles in a play
called “SHE” Directed by Lillian Tshabalala; “INSIDE” Directed by Snethemba.Her Television acting career started in 2011 when she was cast as supporting lead in Ekasi Stories: Blind Ambition. She has also appeared on a couple of Lokshion Bioskop Movies: Lifetime of tears, Game of Love, Queen B, Please say Please, Ben 9, Mob Justice.The television work includes performing in Askies I’m Sorry as a Lead, Amagugu on SABC1 as a Lead, Mob Justice as a lead, and Generations the Legacy. She later joined a brilliant team of artists and  worked as an Admin assistant at The Plat4orm an experimental space for artists by artists, and worked at Umso Construction Civil engineering Construction Services as a Licensing Coordinator and Driver.
She played a lead role on Ufelani and recently played a lead role on a series called Phoyisa, The Queen as Mandisa, the film called "Ditoro tsa rona" produced by KwaMdali NPC and a film called Inkabi Produced and Directed by Norman Maake. She served as a Director at KwaMdali NPC (the place where the creator resides) a Non-profit company. She is currently serving as a Teaching Artist at an organization called Upraise A Child under ASSITEJ and a part time facilitator at a bespoke children's book Store.

Limpho Kou

Is an applied drama and theatre studies lecturer at Drama for Life- University of the Witwatersrand. Limpho has worked extensively as a trainer and facilitator within the higher education sector; having consulted for various institutions including HEAIDS/Universities South Africa, Department of Sports, Art, Culture & Recreation, Themba Interactive as well as various other educational institutions- primary, secondary and higher in both private and public sectors.

Limpho has worked
as a project coordinator at Drama for Life where she led applied arts based programmes
housed in the health sector, Baragwanath  Hospital and in tertiary institutions. She
also worked as a project coordinator at Themba Interactive where she coordinated
and trained peer education programmes within various South African correctional
centres. Upon completing her Masters degree (cum laude) from Drama for Life-
University of the Witwatersrand, Limpho was awarded the ‘Yvonne Banning award
for most outstanding ethnographic research by a post grad student’. Based on
her inquiry that sought to use ‘hip hop’ and ‘Sophiatown jazz’ as sites of
investigation to better understand the ways in which youth across all ages,
seek to express themselves and to be understood; as a means to continue to
bridge inter-generational gaps in South Africa. Limpho is currently interested
in exploring what an African-value based education pedagogy looks like within
the current [South] African education system.