Tamara Guhrs is a playwright and arts educator, with 18 years of experience using participatory playmaking methods to give expression to individual and community concerns. She has worked as a theatre designer, director, writer, and Theatre for Development practitioner. She is a contributing member of Seka Educational Theatre, based in a remote wilderness area in Zambia’s Eastern Province. Her MA thesis focused on colonial representations of Zambian indigenous masquerade theatre. She has co-authored textbooks for the FET level in the South African education system, worked as a high school Dramatic Arts teacher for Sacred Heart College and taught Theatre for Social Change at 4th year level for Drama for Life at Wits University. Tamara is currently involved with the ASSITEJ Kickstarter project, training facilitators to use the creative arts in schools. She is a finalist in the 2015 Imbewu Scribe Playwriting awards.
Flying House Portfolio: Learning Design, Script Writing, Young Audiences
Athena Mazarakis is an award-winning South African choreographer and performer working in the areas of Physical Theatre and Contemporary dance both nationally and internationally. Apart from performing in her own creations Athena has performed for, choreographed on and collaborated with leading South African companies such as The First Physical Theatre Company and The Forgotten Angle Theatre Collaborative. As a performer she has been awarded a Gauteng MEC award for Most Outstanding Female dancer (2005) and a Kanna Award, for Most Prestigious Achievement in Dance Theatre(2007). Her creation elev(i)ate2 earned her a Silver 2010Standard Bank Ovation Award in the Physical Theatre category of the National Arts Festival in South Africa. Her work has featured on the Main Programmes of the National Arts Festival and the Dance Umbrella. Athena is also active as an Arts Educator and Consultant as well as a researcher and producer for television. She currently serves as a member of the Board of The Forgotten Angle Theatre Collaborative.
Flying House Portfolio: Professional Development
Jenni-lee Crewe is currently Design Lecturer for the Division of Dramatic Art in the School of Arts at the University of the Witwatersrand. She teaches design and production studies as well as contemporary performance and improvisation.
She received her Masters in Fine Arts in Design & Theatre Production from Tulane University in New Orleans in 2006. Before that she worked for the First Physical Theatre Company as their education officer as well as a choreographer, designer and performer. During this time she also taught choreography and design studies at Rhodes University after completing her BA Honours degree. While working for the First Physical Theatre Company, she co-wrote the Dance Educator’s Handbook for high school learners with Professor Gary Gordon and developed the Professional Training Course for adult learners in dance and dance composition.
She has done design work in New Orleans as well as choreographing, devising and designing theatre work in South Africa. She received a Naledi award for best set design in 2009 for the Market Theatre produced Brer Rabbit, and won an Ampersand fellowship based in New York the following year.
Her range of theatre work includes collaborating with Gerard Bester, Athena Mazarakis, Craig Morris and Andrew Buckland in a physical theatre work titled Flicker which premiered at the 2011 National Arts Festival to critical acclaim, to more text driven work such as her designs for Seneca’s Medea.
Her predominant areas of research interest lie in the relationship between body, image and text in contemporary performance, investigating trans-Atlantic connections in performance identities and cultures, as well as tracing current trends in systems of improvisation in Johannesburg theatre making.
Flying House Portfolio: Design, Stagecraft and Space
Khutjo completed her Honours Degree in Bachelor of Dramatic Arts at Witwatersrand University in 2007. She majored in Physical Theatre, Writing and Performance. Khutjo’s professional experience includes: Olive Tree dir. Ntshieng Mokgoro, Broken Dreams dir. Pusetso Thibedi, Ityala Lomhlawulo dir. Jefferson Tshabalala, Brer Rabbit dir. Gina Shmukler, Eclipsed Dir. Warona Seane and written by Danai Gurira, Uhami Aji dir. Thabo Rapoo ( Dance-Afro Fusion Theatre Piece and COP 17- Climate Change Conference (Headed by Warren Nebe- DFL Director) and Performance Intervention: Stories of the Future in Durban 2011 which also had a run at SCI-Bono Feb 2012.
Her Television experience includes: Presenter for Africa Within and Presenter, Researcher and Writing for Dumisa on Top Gospel. Film: Catch a Fire dir. Philip Noyce. Television Series Skeem Saam Role of Detective Ledwaba (2011-10)
She has also been involved in a number of Industrial Theatre Productions which addressed issues around HIV/AIDS at Wits University and some work with The Unplugged Communication Company.
She had the honour of directing a site-specific informative intervention theatre piece titled Revolution between My Thighs as part of the DFL SEX-ACTUALLY Festival in 2011 that spoke to the plight of trafficking in persons in South Africa.
Khutjo Green was awarded with a Naledi Theatre award for Best Performance by Actress in a Lead Role for the highly acclaimed production The Line in 2013
Green has since directed Democracy which premiered at the National Arts Festival in 2014 and Have You Seen Zandile? written by Gcina Mhlope, Thembi Mtshali Jones and Maralin Vanrenen, which was nominated in 5 categories for the Naledi Theatre Awards.
Flying House Portfolio: Activism and Performance
Craig Morris is a versatile performing artist and educator who includes Physical Theatre, Mime, Contemporary Dance and Clowning in his repertoire of theatre and film performance, directing, script writing, teaching and choreographic skills.
Craig's film highlights include choreographing and acting in A Species Odyssey and Homo Sapiens, AO The Last Neanderthal, a full length feature film set 30 000 years ago and Loot which has garnered favourable reviews at the New York City Shorts Film Festival, One Screen Film Festival, Official Selection St. Louis International Film Festival, 32nd Asbury Shorts Concert on Broadway and an Official Selection Claremont-Ferrand Short Film.
As a Physical Theatre performer Craig has been nominated for the MEC Gauteng Choreography and Dance Awards for Best Male Dancer in a Contemporary Style in 2005, 2007 and 2008. He won the award in 2005 and 2008. He has co-directed and trained performers for a production with Walking Tall, a pan-African educational project devised by Greg Melvill-Smith in collaboration with The Palaeontological Scientific Trust (PAST), which performs throughout Southern Africa as well as Tanzania and Kenya. Craig is also active in Environmental theatre projects and has performed a Climate Change Action Play in collaboration with The Well Worn Theatre Co.
Craig is also highly active in the educational field teaching physical theatre, creative movement and theatre workshops extensively at Primary, Secondary and Tertiary levels. Craig has also performed his Physical Theatre One-Man shows, Hero and Blood Orange at various venues in and around Southern Africa to great success. Craig was also selected to perform with Cirque du Soleil.
Currently, Craig is the director of his own production company (Untouchable Productions), which focuses on the production and performance of original South African theatre work, as well as education through theatre. Craig, as scriptwriter and director, has also been instrumental in the launch of a financial literacy initiative in South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Rwanda and Kenya.
Craig continues to premier new, original theatre work, which educates and provokes critical thinking and innovation.
Flying House Portfolio: Education and Performance
Madeleine Lambert lectures part-time in arts management in the Division of Dramatic Arts, Wits School of Arts. Here, she is also involved in student traineeships/mentorships and course administration. With Jill Waterman, long-time arts management lecturer at the Wits School of Arts, Lambert co-developed and successfully piloted curriculum for a new fourth year/honours course, “Directions in Cultural Leadership” in 2014. This stemmed from her research, “Follow the Leader? Relationships between leaders of South African arts and culture organisations and their followers,” for her MA in Arts and Culture Management (MA by coursework and research report, completed through Wits University in 2014, with distinction). Together with Waterman, Lambert is working on an arts leadership article for journal publication and for presentation at the first Depth Leadership Conference in Prince Albert (September 2015).
Lambert is an active member of the South African Council for Business Women, was a National Research Foundation Scholar and Intern (2012), was shortlisted for the Mandela Rhodes Scholarship (2011), and is a Golden Key International Honour Society member.
Lambert’s work experience includes arts project management, research, administration, marketing, fundraising and facilitation. Her arts background comprises theatre (musical theatre, set/costume design, stage management, crewing), music (piano, theory, singing – solo and ensemble), and craft. She also has a successful network marketing business and has worked in other sales and network marketing companies.
Flying House Portfolio: Performing Arts Management