Jerry Mpho Pooe

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Jerry Mpho Pooe (1970-) is a playwright, director, actor, drama lecturer and facilitator.

Also referred to simply as Jerry Pooe

Biography

Born in Soweto on 14 August 1970, he went to school in Durban, where he attended Ohlange High School ( matriculated in 1990).

Theatre schooling includes a Drama Certificate from the Upstairs Theatre (1988), a BA with Speech and Drama and Anthropology at the University of Natal, Durban (1995) and a Certificate of Achievement in Theatre Arts from Indiana University (1999).


Career

His career started at the Stable Theatre under the wing of Kessie Govender.

Between 1991-1999 he was co-ordinator of the University of Natal, Department of Speech and Drama’s Community Project, served on numerous committees and community projects, and became directly involved as writer/director in such community arts projects as DramAidE, Amajika and Kusa.

In 1999 he founded and became the director of Eager Artists, a theatre company, as well as serving as the manager of the Stable Theatre in Durban (circa 2010), artistic director of the Windybrow Theatre in Johannesburg and acting Artistic Director at PACOFS (2012-2014?).

Contribution to SA theatre, film, media and/or performance

Besides writing numerous aids awareness programmes and more that 20 industrial theatre and street theatre shows between 1998-2000, he also wrote and directed creative theatre works.

His first play, Not Again, was created with the help of a teacher, Monde Ndandala in 1989, and was followed among others by Isililo (1989?), The Curse (19**), Life is a Journey (19**), Mathatha (1995), Living Treasures (1998), Peace in the Valley (1998), Messiah in Canaan (1999), My Life My Voice (2000), Ekhaya Poppie (a musical about black women in the Anglo-Boer War) and co-created and directed the play Camp 13 with David Stein and The Just Don't Theatre Group in 2010.

Other directing credits include It's a Man's World, Andrew Zondo and King Sinizulu: the last warrior King, Peace In Our Lifetime.

Awards, etc

Nominated Durban Theatre Awards musical play director for Peace In Our Lifetime, award year 2007.

Sources

Various entries in the NELM catalogue

Sunday Times, 10 June 2001.

Ntonto Vezi: M.Dram essay, a CENTAPS/Asoka Theatre Project.

Twist Theatre Development Projects. 2011. New South African Playscripts.


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