Drama for Life Scholars at MaP

From left to Right: Mr David Jobo Maphomane, Ms Kai Crooks-Chissano, Ms Moratoa Mokoena, Ms Cherae Stalley, Ms Rutendo Chigudu, Ms Lisa Peterson, Ms Chantal Nativel, Ms Estee Lauren Claasen and Ms Pride Nombulelo Ngcobo

This week (21st – 25th May), eight Drama for Life students from the University of the Witwatersrand visited the MaP Campus, as part of their Masters and Doctorate programmes, to facilitate workshops for our drama students. Through these workshops, the Drama for Life students will share invaluable knowledge and skills with our students that will help them prepare for future performances. These include the use of different dramatic devices, storytelling, scriptwriting, and characterisation. The scholars are led by Ms Cherae Stalley, who, helps them plan and, through feedback sessions, assists them to improve their lessons.

Drama for Life Workshops: The Tableau

According to their website, Drama for Life is ”an independent academic, research and community engagement programme based at the Wits School of Arts.” Their mission is to” enhances dialogue for purposes of social transformation through research, teaching and learning, and community engagement.”

Meet the Scholars
David Jobo Maphomane is an artist whose focus is on facilitating the creative process. During his time here, he would like to apply and practice the theory he has learned. His advice to students interested in the performing arts is to love people. He hopes to teach students that “freedom is not given; you take it.”

Estee Lauren Claasen is a performer and arts facilitator, studying for a Masters degree. She plans to spend her time at MaP improving her people skills. She hopes that her time here will inspire students to tell their stories.

“Don’t become a performer to be on stage,” says Ms Claasen, “there is so much more to drama.”

Pride Nombulelo Ngcobo is a performer and drama teacher who hopes to spend as much time learning as she does teaching while at MaP. She believes that “you can be in or with the group, but you’re always an individual.” She advises students interested in theatre to learn to understand that it is more than just acting; it is a new language.

Kai Crooks-Chissano is a philanthropist studying for a Doctorate. She hopes her time here will help her strengthen her analysis through “marrying the theoretical with the experiential”. She believes that life is about learning and hopes to teach students that “drama is a tool with which you can paint your own masterpiece.”

Workshops: Storytelling

Rutendo Chigudu is studying for her Masters in Applied Theatre and believes in being a woman first. She hopes to inspire students to “learn to unlearn to learn”.

“Dream further than the moon if you want to be a performer,” says Ms Chigudu.

Chantal Nativel is an actor, producer, director and facilitator. During her time here, she hopes to network and find new avenues for applied theatre. Her advice to students interested in performing arts is, “be mindful of your breath. It is the beginning of every possibility.” She hopes to teach students that listening can be more important than being heard.

Lisa Peterson describes herself as a person who “lives, learns, and teaches”. Inspired by the school vision, she hopes to use her time here to serve our community and further her education. She would like to inspire MaP students interested in the performing arts to find their niche in order to improve their marketability as artists.

Moratoa Mokoena considers herself a master of all trades. During her time on campus, she hopes to find out what learning could be and gain a deeper understanding of her purpose in education. She believes that “you will find your treasure where your heart is” and hopes to inspire students to follow their passion.