Gcina Mhlope Biography
Gcina Mhlope (Nokugcina Elsie Mhlophe) was born on 24th October 1958 in Durban, South Africa. She is a South African anti-apartheid activist, actress, storyteller, poet, playwright, director and author.
Gcina Mhlope Education Background
Gcina Mhlope matriculated in 1979 at the Mfundisweni High School. She did a Cadet Journalism course at the Rhodes University. She did a 6 months Film Making Course as part of Interchurch Media Programme’s Community Project
Gcina Mhlope Acting Career
- 1983: Lead actress in Umongikazi – The Nurse.
- 1985/85: The Black Dog – Injemnyama.
- 1985 and 1987-89: She wrote and acted n the autobiographical piece Have you seen Zandile?, touring South Africa, Lesotho, most of Europe – participating at the Edinburgh festival.
- 1986: She acted in workshop play Born In The RSA and toured South Africa, England, most of Europe and the US.
- 1987: She was a visiting assistant director with Barney Simon at Boston’s Brandeis University, workshoping and staging the musical play Written By Hand.
- 1989/90: Resident Director at the Market Theatre, Johannesburg. Co-writing and singing in the musical Inyanga. Writing and directing Somdaka, touring Johannesburg’s Townships and Zimbabwe.
- 1995: Co-writing an adaptation of Brecht’s The Good Person Of Sechuan with Janet Suzman for BBC, London and the Market Theatre, Johannesburg.
- 1998: Wrote and performed in the one woman show Love Child, by Mannie Manim Production. Took it to Japan to the Solo Festival in Tokyo
Gcina Mhlope Television Roles
- 1986: Lead Actress in Place Of Weeping
- 1988: Lead Actress in Palesa
- 1990: She told stories and performed poetry in the documentary Songololo
- 1992: Acting and narrating in the documentary Traveling Songs.
- 1995: Narrating in the documentary Prisoners Of Hope.
Gcina Mhlope Media Personality
Gcina Mhlope has been a TV presenter for Art Works and Literacy Alive at SABC and frequent voice over work. In 2005 to 2006 she presented Traditional Music Program Zindala Zombili on SABC Television.
Gcina Mhlope Books
- 1988: Have You Seen Zandile?
- 2003: Stories Of Africa
- 2006: Our Story Magic
- 1994: Hi, Zoleka!
- 2009: African Tales: A Barefoot Collection
- 2002: Love child
- 2002: Horns Only
- 2014: Zimnandi Ngokuphindwa
- 2014: Dikanegelo Tsa Rena Tsa Go Makatsa
- 2014: Zwitori Zwa Afrika
- 2014: Dikanegelo Tsa Afrika
- 2014; Mitsheketo Ya Afrika
- 1997: Thandeka’s Gift
- 2014: Switori Swa Hina Swo Hlamarisa
- 2003: Three
- 2014: Dambi la Zwitori Zwashu
- 1990: Queen of Tortoises
- 1996: How stories began
- 1989: The snake with seven heads
- 1992: The singing dog
- Nozi, Madrina De Libros
- 2008: The Singing Chameleon: A Traditional Story from Malawi
- 1995: A mother’s search for stories
- 2004: An African Mother Christmas
- 2006: Ithemba Means Hope
- Sawubona, Zoleka!
- 2002: Durban: Impressions of an African City
- 2002: Iimpondo zodwa
- Mmabana o batla dikinane
- 2002: Manaka feela
- Lenwabo le binang: pale ya setso ho tswa Malawi
- 1995: Mazanendaba and the Magical Story Shell
Gcina Mhlope Awards
- 1987: OBIE Award as best actress in Born in the RSA – NewYork.
- 1987: Fringe First Award for best production of Have You SeenZandile – Edinburgh Festival.
- 1988: Joseph Jefferson Award as best actress in Have You SeenZandile – Chicago.
- 1994: Bookchat Award for Molo Zoleka!, BC Magazine, SA.
- 1996: Carl Lohann Award for children’s books.
- 2009/2010: SAMA Award for Songs and Stories of Africa CD.
- 2010: EThekwini Living Legends Award, Dept of Arts and Culture, KwaZulu Natal
- 2010: Lifetime Achievement Award, Arts and Culture Trust, RSA
- 2011: Award for Contribution to Arts in Education, by Dept of Education KZN