Napo Masheane

Playwright, performer and social activist

Playwright, performer and social activist Napo Masheane was born in Soweto but grew up in the Free State.

She is a well-trained stage practitioner, having obtained a speech and drama diploma from the Fuba School of Dramatic Arts and paying her dues as a stage manager and lighting technician at Johannesburg’s premiere Market Theatre. She has benefitted from cultural exchange programmes that have taken her to Sweden, the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. But it is for her recent play, My Bum is Genetic, Deal With It, that she won widespread acclaim. The work, directed by Mail & Guardian columnist John Matshikiza, was an appeal for tolerance of cultural diversity.

Masheane was a finalist in the DaimlerChrysler award for poetry in 2005.

Her spoken-word adventures have taken her to venues abroad and in Southern Africa.

Lunch spot: Soi, Melville