bongani titana

Bongani Titana is an award winning theatre director, actor, puppeteer, writer, producer & composer from Cape Town. He also works as a facilitator and tutor in theatre-based educational programs. He began his studies in theatre as a young student at Simon Ester's Music and Drama High School and, after a course in office administration at the Cape Town Commercial College, he continued with his theatrical journey by studying visual arts, puppetry, children's theatre, performance and facilitation through UNIMA South Africa. Since graduating from UNIMA’s program, Titana has worked as a professional actor in various films, commercials and theatre productions. Highlights include his roles In the short film Keys, Money, Phone by Roger Young, the promo for the film Pilot Apophis by Simon Henson, and a commercial for Storebrand (Norway) where he acted alongside the legendary Chris April. Titana founded Ubizo Theatre in 2009, creating an artistic platform for upcoming artists to make theatre, as well as to seek out opportunities for development and performance. Ubizo Theatre runs a development programme in the community of Mfuleni in the Blue Downs and Eerste Rivier areas. Titana was director of the annual Ubizo Arts Festival ran from 2011 to 2013. From 2006 to 2009, Titana worked as a facilitator and tutor at Embo Nangoku Arts Movement, and then went on to work in a similar capacity with Amawele South Africa and their Ireland Twinning programme from 2008 to 2011. From 2013 to 2015, he worked as the Community Liaison for the Ubunto Academy, and in 2015 was a Route Manager for the Infecting The City Festival. As a writer/composer/director, Titana has created a number of original musicals, which tackle some of the tough issues in South African society. His work that combines insightful writing, sensitive storytelling and beautiful songs with poetic lyrics, at once bringing the issues to the fore whilst presenting captivating and entertaining theatre. As a director, Titana is skilled at enabling his cast to access and present their best performances. Titana’s productions include: Anois Ar Theach an Tsamhraidh / Change Has Come, based on an Irish struggle song, which premiered at the National Arts Festival 2011. Isingqala Sendoda, a one man play directed by Sydwell Klaas and performed by Samkelo Zohlangu, performed at the Rainbow Arts Organisation’s Iqonga festival in 2015. Titana is now focused on Egoli – The Musical, which premiered at the Ikhwezi Festival in 2010. The show was re-worked and then selected for the Zabalaza Festival 2015 where it won four awards including Best Musical Director (Bongani Titana), Best of the Festival (Best Selling Production). Egoli was then invited to do a run at the Baxter Theatre, and in 2016 we have been performing at various venues across Cape Town. Titana was one of four directors selected to participate in ASSITEJ SA’s Theatre4Youth Mentorship program and is created a new production for children to premier at the end of 2016.

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