Young lover of arts

2017-12-26 06:00
PHOTO: suppliedMthokozisi Zulu.

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MTHOKOZISI Zulu’s journey in the arts began in 2006 when he presented the
Yamaha Young Talents, Umhlanga Region, on DStv’s Channel GO. Through the mentorship of Ivan Bonniazchuk and Shelley Mclean, he started working in the industry at the age 16.

He was seen in SABC 3’s Real Peeps where he played the role of, “guest judge” for two episodes.

“I obtained my national diploma in drama with cum laude, at the Durban University of Technology where I performed in a number of productions, including Relativity directed by Thomas Mpoeleng and Blood Wedding directed by Tamar Meskin and Tanya van der Walt.

“I also directed Born Thru The Nose, written by Bheki Mkhwane and choreographed a dance piece that was nominated under the category Best Choreography at the Departments Award Ceremony 2011.”

Although he has done a lot of work as a performer, he has also written and directed two shows for the gala dinner of the KZN Premiers Office in 2011 themed “Our World and The Rising Earth”. He also created a show, Isipho sikaSipho
(Sipho’s Gift) for the Road Safety Department’s Aids and Disability Day in 2012.

The Crooks Eye is also a production he created in 2015. Some of the productions that Zulu has performed in include Kickstart’s Peter-Pan, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Catalina Unltd’s Boesman & Lena. which earned him a Mercury Durban Theatre Awards Nomination, Waiting for Godot and The African Passion.

Zulu shared the stage with Nomzamo Mbatha, Celeste Ntuli, Zakhele Msibi and Thembi Mtshali in Have We Been Heard written and directed by Bheki Mkhwane at the ICC for South Africa’s 20 years of democracy celebration.

“I was also seen in Mark Twain’s The Diary of Adam and Eve and
Actors Unemployed Company’s production of Super Mokoena at Seabrookes Theatre, National Arts Festival, East London and Durban. My performance of the character Lex in Super Mokoena landed me a Mercury Durban Theatre Award for the category Best Supporting Actor 2014.”

Zulu served on the regional and national Performing Arts Network of South Africa committee where he was the regional chairperson 2013 to 2015.

He also facilitated drama workshops at Hillview Secondary in Newlands for disadvantaged children.

Not only concentrating on his growth in the industry, he nurtures young talents and transfers his skills to many as he believes in true success coming from “giving”.

In 2015 he played the lead role of Musa in Mashu: The Musical at The Playhouse, which landed him a nomination for Best Lead Actor at the Mercury Durban Theatre Awards.

He was also selected to attend the Augenblic Mal!, an international theatre festival in Berlin, Germany.

This year he is one of the four international artists invited to be part of Starke Stücke Next Generation Residency in Frankfurt Germany.

He played the lead role of Nic Bottom in the Johannesburg Youth Ballet’s version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Grahamstown this year.

He also played the supporting lead role of Nqobani in a short film, Umgcagco Wezinyembezi directed by Zuko Nodada. - Supplied.

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