Mbongeni N. Mtshali

Full Name
Mbongeni N. Mtshali
First Name
Mbongeni
Surname
Mtshali
Additional Name
N.
Honorific Prefix
Dr
Biography
Mbongeni N. Mtshali has a PhD in Performance Studies from Northwestern University, where he was a Fulbright Scholar. He currently Heads the Theatre Section in the Centre for Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies. Mtshali is a multidisciplinary performance practitioner, working across a range of disciplines including dance and movement composition and performance, animation and puppetry, and site-specific performance installation among others. Recent professional recognitions include The Standard Bank Silver Ovation Award and the Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards for his achievements in directing and performance-making. Mtshali’s primary research interests, which animate both his practical and theoretical enquiries, are in black queer/femme performance in South Africa as well as Africa and its diaspora more broadly. He is particularly interested in how the unruly aesthetics of black queer/femme performance challenge nationally sanctioned performance repertoires and the national frameworks of African respectability, cultural intelligibility, and ethnonational belonging in which they are vested. He has more recently turned to thinking about queer genealogies of African decolonial world-making in the South Atlantic and Indian Ocean.
Nationality
South African
Birth Date
December 4, 1982
Birth Place
Occupation
Director
Choreographer
Scenographer
Writer
Performer
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UCT Role
Academic
Academic Position
Senior Lecturer
Start Date
January 1, 2015
Member Of UCT Department
UCT Faculty
Humanities
Alumni of
Northwestern University

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