Our Staff

Through creative processes, we empower young people to find and develop their unique voice.

Through innovation, we strive to release latent creative talents in the youth of South Africa.

Through participation, we enable young people to discover their common humanity.  

Through discipline and commitment, we lay the foundation for their productive future.

Through leadership opportunities, we develop confidence and responsibility in the new generation.

Through the profound interaction theatre offers, we help to heal the hurts of the past and to provide a vision of potential for the future.

Yvette Hardie: National Director

YVETTE HARDIE is a theatre producer, director, educator, and writer active in the world of theatre and performance, with a particular focus on theatre for young audiences. 

She initiated the launch of ASSITEJ SA (the national centre of the International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People) in 2007, and leads the organisation in the capacity of National Director. She served as elected President of the international ASSITEJ from 2011-2021, which has centres in almost 100 countries. She has now stepped down from this position and is an Honorary President of the association. She serves as Deputy Chairperson for the STAND Foundation and also for Im4theArts. In all these capacities, she creates opportunities for artistic exchange, mentorship, skills development and cross-cultural collaboration across the world, while working to invigorate the South African theatrical landscape with work of the highest quality and widest accessibility.

She sits on the board of Global Arts Corps, the organisation which sprang from the award-winning theatre production she was responsible for touring globally, Truth in Translation. She has written and spoken extensively on issues relating to arts for young audiences, arts education and arts for reconciliation and conflict resolution at events around the world.

In 2019, she was awarded the Mickey Miner Award for Lifetime Achievement from IPAY (International Performing Arts for Youth (IPAY), based in Philadelphia, USA for her contribution to theatre for young audiences locally and globally.

Nkosivumile Lusu: Finance and Operations Manager

Nkosivumile has a Degree (Baccalaureus Technologiae: Taxation) from Cape Peninsula University of Technology, as well as a Diploma in Internal Auditing and a Higher certificate in Accountancy. He is registered with the South African Institute of Professional Accountants. Previous positions have been as Financial Accountant at GLS Consulting (Pty) Ltd, and at EOH Mothombo (pty) Ltd, and before that he worked as a Junior Accountant and Supervisor at the National Association of Child Care Workers. He is a hardworking, dedicated professional, with a heart for making a difference through the work that he does. He is a systematic and precise thinker who maintains high standards, while meeting his work goals conscientiously.

Themba Maseko: Logistics Manager

A cultural administrator, who has been involved in the creative and the cultural industries since 1996 with the vision of contributing towards creative industries.  His then, semi-skilled experience was incorporated into South African Music Day in 1999, and has never looked back as arts and culture has always been his passion! After completing his matric and computer studies he was privileged to be afforded a formal training in Music Business in 2003 where he achieved NQF Level 4 with MIDI Trust through the MAPPP-SETA.

During 2002 to 2017 he was employed on a full time and freelance basis in various arts and culture projects many of them being on a national and international level; under his projects profile he has worked on the SA Music Week, Moshito Conference, Joy of Jazz Camp, SA Book Week, SA – France Seasons, Nepad Conference, Edgars Music Series, and Germans Weeks Festival.  The services he rendered ranged from logistics, project/events co-ordinator and administrator; these projects enabled him to gain experience in workings of national/international projects and a better understanding of creative industries.

Themba is currently on sabbatical from ASSITEJ SA.

Alison Green: Education Manager

Alison Green is a educator, theatre practitioner and facilitator. 

Her teaching experience includes:  the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy, Rodean, The National School of the Arts and Creative Voices – an integrated Arts Initiative associated with the Royal London Opera House. In 2013 Alison attended the UNESCO World Arts Alliance Conference in Germany, as the South African Arts Educator Representative. Currently, she is the project manager for the ASSITEJ SA Kickstarter Creative Arts programme, which is the first ever case study for the impact of Arts in South Africa. Alison sits on the Naledi panel for the ‘ Best Production For Children and Young Audiences,’  a new category focusing on the outstanding work being created for youth.

 Alison is interested in play and the transformative power of the Arts to shift and develop communities. She is currently on study leave at Cambridge University to complete a Mphil in Creativity and Arts Education.

Tsholofelo Shounyane - ASSITEJ SA Education Coordinator

Tsholo Shounyane is a drama facilitator, dollmaker and freelance translator/editor. She obtained her BA Drama from the University of Pretoria (2010) and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from the Central University of Technology (2015).  She has worked with various companies and organisations including the University of Pretoria as a director-facilitator and junior lecturer, Arepp: Theatre for Life as an actress and director, Artscape Theatre and the Hillbrow Theatre Project as a director-facilitator. She has also worked in radio as a presenter and in reality television as an on-screen interviewer, translator and producer.  Since graduating, most of her work has been in theatre for development, theatre in education and applied theatre and teaching.  She believes in the big influence that art can have in all aspects of education and community building. She currently works as the Education Coordinator for Assitej Johannesburg.

Thembile Tshuma - Theatre4Youth Coordinator: Gauteng

Thembile Tshuma is an Applied Drama & Theatre graduate from Drama for Life (University of the Witwatersrand), percussionist, writer, puppeteer, dancer, musician and Theatre Director. He started working with young creatives in 2003, and has been involved in a number of productions across the SADC region. He has worked with companies like Drama for Life Playback Theatre Company, Themba Interactive, Hillbrow Theatre Outreach Foundation, just to name a few. 

Thembile is a lover of humanity and he believes that creative art is the core to building creative minds of a nation. His vision is to see every child being given the chance to explore, engage and reflect on their day to day lives without being marginalized or discriminated but given the opportunity to just play. He is the Gauteng Theatre4Youth Coordinator of Assitej South Africa and coordinates the Kickstarter project in Free State. He is a believer in theatre for transformation and healing.

Faye Kabali Kagwa- Theatre4Youth Coordinator: Western Cape

Faye Kabali-Kagwa is a project co-ordinator, writer, and collector of stories. She has worked in the development sector before finding her feet in the arts. She currently works as the After School Game Changer Project co-ordinator and Theatre4Youth Coordinator for ASSITEJ South Africa, an international theatre organisation. She has worked on multiple local and national arts festivals in South Africa. Faye is also a wielder of words, and a connector of people. She is interested in bringing people together, sharing experiences, and ultimately facilitating conversations with people that are not limited to one locale. 

Pauline Dalais - Theatre4Youth Coordinator: KZN

Pauline Dalais is theASSITEJ SA KwaZulu-Natal Coordinator, artistic manager, agent, actress, assistant production manager, voice artiste: stage, screen, radio, tv, Lollipop Lane’s Mrs Singh Singh. Her proven track record of engaging with many high profile people in SA and assisting in cementing relationships for projects/events speaks for itself. She sees great benefit to bringing new and different talent to the arts field. She has a natural ability to make others feel at ease when communicating and coming up with fresh ideas. Her astute ability in communicating has served her well through her working years

Letlhogonolo Nche - Theatre4Youth Representative: N Cape

Letlhogonolo Nche is a dance teacher, choreographer and artistic advisor based in Kimberley in the Northern Cape. winner and First ‘recipient of the ACT ImpACT Award for Dance in November 2015 and also first prize recepient of the Northern Cape Teachers awards as the Best Dance Teacher for the NSC 2016.

Nche graduated from Moving Into Dance Mophatong in 2009. Currently the Manager of The Mayibuye Dance Academy and Dance Teacher at St Cyprian’s Grammar School.

Tiego Shametja - Theatre4Youth Representative: North West

TIEGO SHAMETJA is a Theatre Practitioner, an Arts Administrator, a Community-Art-Activist, Arts Educator and Assitej SA’s Theatre4Youth Representative based in the North West Province.

He possesses a National Diploma in Musical Theatre from Technikon Pretoria (TUT) in 1999, a Postgraduate Diploma in Arts from Wits University in 2015, where he studied Cultural Policy, Leadership in the Arts, Research, Operational Skills, Marketing, Sponsorship and Funding. His other credentials include NQF level 4 in Arts and Culture Administration from Artèma Institute, North West University in 2009, NQF level 5 of Assessor from ProActive College in 2010 and a Master Class Certificate in Marketing in the Arts through ACT (Arts and Culture Trust) and NAC (National Arts Council of South Africa) in 2016. He is currently pursuing a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) through UNISA. He works towards establishing an arts foundation which will envisage and advocate Arts Education and Theatre for Young People in the North West Province.

Keitumetse Tlokana - Theatre4Youth Representative: Limpopo

Keitumetse Tlokana is an actor by profession, with a BA Drama degree from the University of Pretoria. She has worked on stage, television and film. She has acted on Isidingo and Binnelanders in the early days of her career. She also worked on an Afrikaans short film Met Kind which was showcased at the 2017 Cannes festival.

Keitumetse discovered her love for children’s theatre back in varsity when she did Educational Theatre and portraying the character of Happy in the Afrikaans version of Snow-White and the 7 Dwarfs. She has since worked on a number of children’s theatre as a storyteller while also doing other projects within the arts industry. She joined ASSITEJ SA as a Rep for Limpopo from 2016.

Nkosiyami Ngubane - Theatre4Youth Representative: Mpumalanga

I am a co-founder of Patriots Dance Theatre (PDT) in Mpumalanga; Witbank eMalahleni. Through my local/community arts experience & Moving Into Dance Mophatong (MIDM’s) 2006 training, I became a fulltime Creative Arts Practitioner emerging as an Arts and Culture field worker for Mpumalanga (MP) & Free State (FS) Department of culture, sports & Recreation (DCSR) under Expanded Public Works Program (EPWP), Artists in Schools Programme 2018 & The Young Patriots Program (TYPP) 2017 & 2018.

I fundraise, administrate & facilitate theatre & dance classes through (PDT) as a Project Convenor for 2016 to 2018 beneficiary at NAC, moreover MGE Touring Ventures beneficiary for 2016/2017 financial year, 2015/2016 financial year Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) beneficiary.  PDT produced projects such as “WOMBMAN”, #TQCITAT dialogues & Debates, INGOMA, MASIHAMBISANE Dance & Theatre Project, “A Cruel Teacher Taught Us”, Creative intersection MP post conference, “Invisible Vampire” & “IBANDLA”

We facilitate open dance classes on African-Contemporary and Afro-fusion and I co-ordinate & perform industrial shows at South 32, ANGLO &GLENCORE coal mines in MP with local artistic organizations & individuals

Styx (Lehlohonolo) Mokejane - Theatre4Youth Representative: Free State

Styx is a Market Theatre Laboratory graduate and has worked in the arts  as a project manager, events manager, arts facilitator, adjudicator, poet, actor, director and singer. He has worked for ASSITEJ SA as a Kickstarter Artist Facilitator and is currently employed by the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture (Free State).

Katlego Gabashane - Theatre4Youth Representative: Eastern Cape

Katlego Gabashane is an artist and heritage practitioner who is passionate about the arts and Indigenous Knowledge Systems.  She holds a BA (Dramatic Arts) degree from Wits University, and currently finishing her Masters in Ethnomusicology from Rhodes University. She currently works as Theatre Administrator for Rhodes University, Drama Department, as well as Project Manager for Ubom! Eastern Cape Drama Company.  Highlights of her working career include Heritage Manager for the Trevor Huddleston memorial Centre (2011 – 2013) and the Sophiatown Museum as well as Curator and Developmental Manager for the Workers Museum of Migrant Labour in 2010.  Katlego is also a musician, who writes and composes and engages with various South African languages.  She is a lover of theatre, books and of course music.

Jaqueline Dommisse: Project manager - WC

Jaqueline Dommisse is the Artistic Director of a small independent theatre company, Hearts & Eyes Theatre Collective. Having worked for ASSITEJ SA as project manager on several projects, in 2015 she was appointed Festival Director for The Cradle of Creativity, an international festival of theatre for children and young audiences mounted by ASSITEJ South Africa (17 to 27 May 2017). Previous projects for ASSITEJ SA include the African Youth Theatre and Dance Festival (2015-16) and the War Horse Theatre Mediation project. Currently she is working on the After School Game-Changer programme for ASSITEJ SA, and she has maintained an involvement with theatre and drama activities for young audiences through her work with us.

She has an interest in puppetry, masks, and visual theatre, and sits on the board of Puppetry SA, UNIMA. In 2010, she served as Artistic Director of the Out the Box Festival of Puppetry and Visual Performance.

Teaching theatre part-time at the tertiary level, she has facilitated workshops and short courses at the UCT Drama and Music Schools; and the Centre for Creative Education (Waldorf teacher training college). Her teaching has more often been focussed on the NGO and community theatre sectors in organisations such as Community Arts Project, Arts and Media Access Centre, New Africa Theatre Association, Magnet Theatre and ASSITEJ South Africa.

Kofi Dotsey - Communications Intern
Oksanna Bixa - Finance Intern
Miriam Mayet - Theatre4Youth Intern

Our Board

A Board that has a vision and acts with intent.

A Board that acts deliberately and compassionately.

A Board that is grounded in sustainability and longevity.

A Board that inspires and is inspired!

Selloane Mokuku

Chairperson (Eastern Cape)

Ismail Mahomed

Vice Chairperson (KZN)

Lindiwe Msiza

Board Member (Gauteng)

Janet Watts

Secretary (Gauteng/Kenya)

Zanele Ngwenya

Treasurer (Gauteng)

Anastasia Machobane

Board Member (Gauteng)

Ricardo Peach

Board Member (Free State/Australia)

Omphile Molusi

Board Member (Gauteng)