Black Girl Live Guest Lecture presented by Tiisetso Mashifane

The Black Girl Live Fellowship produces and commissions experimental, collaborative, and cross-disciplinary stories made by black and queer women storytellers.


This year, we invite two guest lecturers to speak to us about shifting narratives.


Our second guest for this series was Tiisetso Mashifane, whose talk is titled "The Storyteller as effective communicator".


The classical term “A picture is worth a thousand words” meets popular culture’s “A deleted tweet, a stained blue dress or the mispronunciation of a name is worth a thousand words… or at least a thousand tweets” in this exploration of the challenges and comforts of ‘traditional’ storytelling and how it informs the ever changing contemporary tools accessible and utilised by the storyteller as a cultural communicator.


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Tiisetso Mashifane wa Noni is a South African playwright, theatre maker, producer and educator who has been described as a “theatre prodigy” in the Cape Times and a “brilliant young mind” by TEDxYouth Cape Town for her award-winning and critically-acclaimed debut play, Sainthood. She holds a BA in Politics and International Studies, Philosophy and Dramatic Arts from Rhodes University and a BA (Hons) in Directing for Stage from the University of Cape Town. Having recently completed her tenure as an Executive Committee member of the Theatre and Dance Alliance (TADA), she is also the 2021 recipient of the Canadian-South African (CASA) Playwriting Award, an Apolitical Academy for Public Leadership Fellow (with an interest in transitioning into public service with a focus on education and justice) and a Salzburg Global Young Cultural Innovator, who strives to make provocative content focused on themes of social politics, history, and violence in contemporary South Africa.