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The South African State

Theatre has ap­pointed dancer, chore­og­ra­pher and free­lance artist Mamela Nyamza as its Deputy Artis­tic Di­rec­tor. Nyamza was born and bred in Gugulethu town­ship near Cape Town.

She com­pleted her ma­tric at Fezeka High School in 1993 and then en­rolled at Tech­nikon Pre­to­ria, now Tsh­wane Uni­ver­sity of Tech­nol­ogy, to ob­tain her Na­tional Diploma in Ballet.

Nyamza was res­i­dent dancer and chore­og­ra­pher for the theatre from 1997 to 2000. For the past three years she has sat on the Ad­vi­sory Panel in Dance for the South African Na­tional Arts Coun­cil.

Nyamza is the first dance artist to be cho­sen as the fea­tured artist at the 2018 Na­tional Arts Fes­ti­val in Makhanda. Other ac­co­lades in­clude the Stan­dard Bank Young Artist Award for Dance in 2011, Oprah Win­frey Women of the Year in 2013, and be­ing among the Mail and Guardian's Top 200 Young South Africans for Arts and Cul­ture in 2009.

Nyamza will be at the helm of one of South Africa's big­gest dance fes­ti­vals, the Dance Um­brella, as its cu­ra­tor when it re­launches in April 2019.

Nyamza's key role will be to pro­vide sup­port to the

Artis­tic Di­rec­tor cre­atively and ad­min­is­tra­tively. She will be work­ing closely with the Ed­u­ca­tion Youth and Chil­dren Theatre de­part­ment, which fo­cuses on the de­vel­op­ment of young artists in the in­dus­try, ini­ti­at­ing de­vel­op­ment pro­grammes to sup­port the main pro­gramme and en­sure in­te­gra­tion of the over­all artis­tic pro­gramme.

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