UJ Playwriting Masterclass Series :: Dialogue & Language

Following its successful 2020 UJ Playwriting Lab, UJ Arts & Culture, a division of the Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture (FADA) is proud to announce this year’s Playwriting Masterclass Series that will run from the end of April 2021.

The masterclass series is presented at no cost to all aspirant and established playwrights. Four professionals including Makhaola Ndebele, Princess Zinzi Mhlongo, Tlotlego Bonno Gaogakwe and Lalu Mokuku will cover a range of playwriting topics while Ilyana van Tonder and Andi Mgibantaka will join Arts & Culture’s Jade Bowers to discuss Intellectual Property (IP), Copyright and Publication.

Lalu Mokuku is a writer, performer and director. Her research interests include arts education and translanguaging. In 2016, she directed a 100% Sesotho play for the Market Theatre called Mosali Eo O ‘Neileng Eena by Masechele Khaketla. In 2019 a play; Dipalo which she co-wrote with Ginni Manning won the Assitej Africa Playwriting competition. In 2020 she was one of the 12 participants of UJ Playwriting Laboratory. Here she wrote a Sesotho play; Hlapa Matsoho. Her other creative works include I Simply Cunt and QANQANA SENQA. She draws inspiration from African Feminisms and enjoys a good laugh.

“I will tackle language to demonstrate how ways of knowing and being are rooted in language. Moreover, I will explore translanguaging to decentralise power of any language,” says Mokula.

About UJ Arts & Culture

UJ Arts & Culture, a division of the Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture (FADA), produces and presents world-class student and professional arts programmes aligned to the UJ vision of an international university of choice, anchored in Africa, dynamically shaping the future. A robust range of arts platforms are offered on all four UJ campuses for students, staff, alumni and the general public to experience and engage with emerging and established Pan-African and international artists drawn from the full spectrum of the arts.

In addition to UJ Arts & Culture, FADA (www.uj.ac.za/fada) offers programmes in eight creative disciplines, in Art, Design and Architecture, as well as playing home to the NRF SARChI Chair in South African Art & Visual Culture, and the Visual Identities in Art & Design Research Centre. The Faculty has a strong focus on sustainability and relevance, and engages actively with the dynamism, creativity and diversity of Johannesburg in imagining new approaches to art and design education.