Napo Masheane is a playwright, poet, director, producer, translator and performer on both national and international stages. A founding member of Feela Sistah! Spoken Word Collective and with its demise, went to become one of South Africa’s leading black female theatre makers, after her provocative and humorous plays, My Bum Is Genetic Deal With It and The Fat Black Women Sing. She is the winner of The Mbokodo Award (2011), Pan African Language Award, (2014) and South African Film and Television Award- SAFDA (2016). Between 2017/18, she held the position of Deputy Artistic Director at The South African State Theatre, where she wrote and directed, KHWEZI… Say My Name, a stage adaptation of Redi Tlhabi’s book: KHWEZI…The Remarkable Story of Fezekile Ntsukela Kuzwayo.
Masheane’s work credits include but are not limited to working with, The Market Theatre, Soweto Theatre, Theater Siberia (Holland), Theatre Under The Tree (Reunion Island), Maitisong Theatre (Botwasana), (HIFA) and Intwasa Arts Festival (Zimbabwe), University of Pretoria, TUT, University of Udine (Italy), University of California (Los Angeles), Jungel Theater (Germany), AfroVibes (Amsterdam), FestivaleLetteratura Montova (Italy), BRICS Cultural Festival (China), Wuzhen Theatre Festival (China), and Scenkonst Biennalen 2019 (Sweden). Masheane has three choreopoem-collections, Caves Speak in Metaphors, Fat Songs For My Girlfriends and Heartbeat Of The Rain. While picked up on the international circuit was one of her monologues performed by leading actor, Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years A Slave) at Royal Court, London. Presently she is a standing advisory board member of Stockholm University Of The Arts, under performing arts and the Managing Director of Village Gossips Productions and The TRIBE Collective.