Walter Chakela

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Walter Chakela (Kefuwe Walter Chakela or Kefuoe Walter Chakela, Kefoue). (19**-) is a playwright, poet, theatrical director, and administrator.

Biography

Youth

Training

Career

Chief executive officer and artistic director of the Windybrow Centre for the Arts, Johannesburg, South Africa from 1993 until 2004.

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

Among other productions, he directed Zakes Mda’s We Shall Sing for the Fatherland in 1988 and 1989 for the Soyikwa Institute and Bloke for PACT (1994). He also directed an adaptation of Julius Caesar in 1995, The Transistor Radio, The Wheel, Bush Tale, Giants.

He introduced the theatre festival at the Windybrow Theatre.

He adapted Bessie Head's novel Maru for the stage.

He wrote the plays Isithukuthuku (Sweat) (1997), Kweku Ananse and Mdala.

Awards, etc

Sources

Variou entries in the NELM catalogue.

Interview with Adrienne Sichel published in The Star, 24 February 1994.

Sunday Independent, 13 September 1997.

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