Namatshego (Tshego) Khutsoane is a creative practitioner drawn to work of ARTivist/ARTivism orientation and sensibility that explores complex human and social issues. An experienced theatre-maker and educator Tshego has honed expertise enabling learning and engagement, in work across multiple performance and facilitation contexts, for more than a decade. Tshego enjoys involvement in site-responsive performance; collaborative theatre making/devising; intercultural and interdisciplinary performance and gender studies with a particular focus on Role, Expectation and Behaviour.
At present (April 2021), a part-time tutor in Performance Studies with the legendary Market Theatre Laboratory and Development Manager with The Forgotten Angle Theatre Collaborative – a pioneering performance focused social justice organisation, which in 2021 created a world-first WhatsApp #PhoneFestival (Message ‘Hi to +27 600 110 444 to experience). Tshego is an MBA degree graduate and the recipient of the 2016 Johnny Clegg Scholarship for Creative Practitioners with Henley Business School of Reading University, with a qualifying LGBT+ focused study intersecting Business and Identity Matters, highlighting policy, culture and social factors influencing visibility/invisibility negotiations. Prior studies include a Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Honours (BAH) degree with specialisation in Acting, Directing, Contemporary Performance, Applied Drama and Theatre through the (UCKR) University Currently Known as Rhodes; and a Master of Dramatic Arts (MADA) through The University of the Witwatersrand. Through various creative international collaborations and exchanges as Performer, Theatre-Maker and Facilitator, Tshego has travelled abroad to Ethiopia, Germany, Netherlands, Senegal, Switzerland, Zambia.
As Actor, Tshego celebrates a 2020 Best Production for Independent Fringe – South African Naledi Theatre Award, for No Easter Sunday for Queers (Market Theatre 20-25 August 2019) written by Koleka Putuma and directed by Mwenya Kabwe. Other standout performances include the widely toured and award-winning Animal Farm produced by ShakeXperience and directed by Neil Coppen. Mwenya Kabwe’s Afrocartography, and UBOM! Eastern Cape Drama Company’s Wreckage and Breed (Stand Bank Silver Ovation Award Winner) directed by Brink Scholtz, Door by Jori Snell and The Adventures of Little Nobody – Award winner at the 2010 Out the Box Festival of Puppetry and Visual Performance. As Director, Tshego has enjoyed National Arts Festival Standard Bank Ovation celebration for works, For Colored girls (2016) written by Ntozake Shange and ChoirBoy (2018) written by Terrel Alvin MacCraney. As Teaching-Artist, Facilitator and Project Director, Tshego continues to develop works that intersect in some way with Sex, Sexuality and Social Circles.
Namatshego Khutsoane is an artist participating in LIFT’s Concept Touring commissioning programme.