Ntshieng Mokgoro


Ntshieng Mokgoro graduated with a diploma in cosmetology from Alexandra Technical College in Johannesburg in 1992. She hated her new career. Fortunately, she soon got work as an assistant librarian and one of her tasks was to tell stories to primary school kids. She would ask the kids to dramatise the stories as they read. Fast forward to 2009 and Ntshieng is the current Standard Bank Young Artist winner for drama. In between, she has been cementing her reputation as a writer and director. In 2001 Mokgoro contributed to the script of Gazlam 1, a drama for SABC1. In 2004 she was a trainee director for the controversial Hotel Rwanda. In 2005 she wrote and directed a Naledi award-nominated residence project at the Market Theatre Laboratory and in 2007 Mokgoro wrote and directed Thursday's Child, which won an award at the Market Theatre's Zwakala Festival and was performed at the Youth Festival in Vienna. Mokgoro is director of the Publik Kreativity Drama Krew in Alexandra. Just don't ask her to give you a manicure.�Eamon Allan

Lunch spot: Lumberjacks, TKTK