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The National Theatre of Namibia (NTN) in partnership with the National Arts Council of Namibia (NACN) presents the Applied Theatre Workshop Series 2021 with Namibian theatre makers, Veronique Mensah, Nashilongweshipwe Mushaandja and Esmeralda Cloete.

Applied Theatre refers to the wide range of theatre methods used for the objectives of intervening, raising awareness, educating and facilitating processes for targeted and public audiences. In Namibia, Applied Theatre has been significantly used in the practices of Protest Theatre (radical people’s movement), Community Theatre and Theatre of the Oppressed.  These forms have been used to address issues such as HIV/AIDS, domestic violence, gender equity matters and health promotion in Namibia.

The workshop series aims to engage and train creatives, students and activists in using Applied Theatre methods towards provoking and shaping social change in Namibia. This includes awareness on how to develop revised forms of relationships between performers and ‘audiences’, and within targeted communities and spaces.

The workshop series will take place in 3 parts (1) Applied Theatre Praxis (Theatre of The Oppressed), (2) Mindful Facilitation Work and (3) Applied Theatre Techniques for Knowledge Production. Participants can register for the separate workshops. All workshops to be attended physically will comply with COVID-19 regulations.

Registration fee each workshop is N$ 50.00, which can be paid into the following account:

Account Name:   National Theatre of Namibia (NTN)

Bank:  Bank Windhoek, Main Branch

Account Number:   8002549405

Branch-Code:  481-972

Reference:  Full Name of Participant/ Name of Workshop

Swift Code:   BWLINANX

Proof of Payments should be emailed to meetings@ntn.org.na

See details for workshops below.


About Workshop

Participants can look forward to moving and making theatre beyond the limitations of Conventional Western Theatre Norms, in a Safe Embodied Space that allows expression and engagement in Social and Political issues facing our society, as well as exploring positions of resistance. The workshop includes guidance on Performance Making by exploring essential Theatre Games and Applied Theatre Techniques towards creating work for social change.

Veronique Bernadine Mensah has worked as an Executive Producer, Executive Festival Director, Curator, Cultural Researcher, Theatre Maker, Actor and Educational Theatre Facilitator. She is the Co-Executive Director of OWELA Festival and Co-Founder and Designer of Born A Star Academy; A Basic Performance Facilitation Program Supported by the Ministry of Basic Education Arts and Culture in Namibia. Mensah’s background and training is in Drama specializing in Directing and Educational Theatre (Applied Theatre). She holds a B-Tech Drama 2013 from Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa. Her approach ranges from using Theatre as a form of Civic Engagement and International Corporation to work towards Social Change and Human Development, to Devising and Directing Work with Cultural Groups, and the Youth and the Street Kids in Windhoek. Her work reflects her Research on Identity, Body Space Narratives and Displacement, while using Folktales and Storytelling as her Apparatus for Administering Care. She describes her work as that; “leads the Cultural Citizen Towards Awareness, instead of being a Product of Awareness”. Veronique served on the Research and Advisory Committee in the National Assembly; SWAPO Chief Whips Office and as Jury member of the Goethe Institute’s Goethe -Stage. She Curated the Journey a Human Rights Campaign and Co- Curated OWELA Festival in both Namibia and Germany. Currently she serves as member of the Literature committee of the National Arts Council of Namibia.


To register, email pro@ntn.org.na



About Workshop

A praxis-oriented workshop grounded in critical pedagogy as an expansive terrain of applied theatre. It will provide theoretical and historical background to applied theatre in Namibia, while offering practical experience on Theatre of the Oppressed techniques. The workshop will also highlight facilitator training and the importance of a critical reflexive practice.

Nashilongweshipwe Mushaandja is a performer, educator and writer with practice-research interests in archives and public culture (performance, visuality & spatiality); critical pedagogy; queer praxis and movement formation. His recent PhD performance project Ondaanisa yo pOmudhime (Dance of the Rubber Tree) at the University of Cape Town’s Centre for Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies is a queer intervention practiced through Oudano, an African concept of performance. This work has been performed widely at festivals, museums, theatres and archives in Germany, Switzerland, South Africa, Cameroon and Namibia. He is also involved in curative projects from time to time, such as the John Muafangejo Season (2016/2017), Operation Odalate Naiteke (2018/2020) and Owela Festival (2019). 


To register, email pro@ntn.org.na





About Workshop

This workshop aims to offer a space for interactive exchange of knowledge and skills with creative practitioners about the ins and outs of facilitation work in various contexts.

Esmeralda Cloete is a performance artist, activist and an applied arts facilitator born and raised in Namibia. She obtained a Master’s degree in Drama therapy from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa and currently works as an intern drama therapist at the Drama for Life department. Esmeralda is passionate about using the arts for social change and healing in educational and community settings. Coming from a background and training in applied drama and theatre, performing arts and therapy, she grounds her work in critical reflective praxis, personal development, social justice and transformation.

Register for this workshop via the webinar link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAkce-rrzgoH9RkPTbo5HdbJOyYA1kpN2Jq

For more information, email pro@ntn.org.na. Call 061 374 403.