Nwabisa Plaatjie

Field of Study: Public Management

Cohort: 2021

Country: South Africa

Leadership Institute: University of Minnesota

Nwabisa Plaatjie is a theater-maker and producer with five years? experience in the field. In 2017, she was awarded the Theatre Arts Emerging Theatre Directors Bursary and was the first recipient of the Baxter Theatre Centre PlayLab residency. Nwabisa was also a nominee for Best New Director in the 2018 Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards and was the Baxter Theatre Centre?s 2018 Young Artist of the Year. Nwabisa received her master?s degree in Theatre and Performance at the Centre for Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies. She directed the South African premieres of Wine in the Wilderness and Florence by American playwright Alice Childress and represented South Africa at the Directors in TYA (Theatre for Young Audiences) International Exchange in Berlin. Her productions Aha! and 23 Years, a Month, and 7 Days have toured locally and internationally. Currently, Nwabisa is a trustee for the Denis Goldberg House of Hope and coordinates and curates the Baxter Theatre Centre?s Masambe Theatre. On completion of the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, Nwabisa plans to develop the entrepreneurial capacity of theater and dance artists in her community by creating and sharing resilience modules focusing on navigating theater careers in uncertain times.