Thembi Mtshali

From ESAT
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Thembi Mtshali (1949- ) is a South African actress, singer, storyteller and TV personality.

(Also known in later years by her married name: Thembi Mtshali-Jones).

Biography

Born in rural South Africa, she started out as a domestic worker, before becoming a singer and actress.

Training

Career

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

Began in theatre in 1972 in Durban performing in Umabatha follwed by Ipi Tombi and later became co-creator of Gcina Mhlope’s Have You Seen Zandile? (1986). This led to a career with the SABC as a popular and very competent newsreader and TV personality in the 1990s. Also made numerous appearances on national and international stages, on television and film.

Stage roles include Prophets in the Black Sky (1992), Tituba in The Crucible (1996), A Woman in Waiting (which she co-created with Yaël Farber, National Arts Festival, 1999), Truth in Translation (September 2006), Mother to Mother (Baxter Theatre, 2009), and before that In 2005 she participated in The Baxter Storytelling Festival at The Baxter Theatre Centre (in association with Sibikwa Community Theatre Project).

She played the lead in NAPAC's production of Mama in Australia and New Zealand.

On television she had roles in series such as Madam and Eve, Sgudi'Snayis, Backstage, Generations, Stokvel, Interrogation Room and Takalani Sesami amongst others. ** **

Awards, etc

She received an Edinburgh Festival Award for Have You Seen Zandile?.

ACT AWARDS (Arts &; Culture Trust Awards of the President) (Year?) Lifetime Achievement Award - Theatre: Thembi Mtshali-Jones.

Sources

Tucker, 1997. p. 442.

WCtheatre - Thembi Mtshali-Jones takes to Baxter stage - 25/09/2013 - Artslink.co.za News[1]


Go to South African Theatre/Bibliography

Return to

Return to ESAT Personalities M

Return to South African Theatre Personalities

Return to The ESAT Entries

Return to Main Page