Lereko Mfonois a multi-faceted writer,actor and drama facilitator who honed his craft at the National School of the Arts and later studied Applied drama at Wits University in Johannesburg.
Lereko has participated in various national and international writing projects, such as the ASSITEJ Inspiring a Generation programme that led him to travel to France, Paris in 2013 to develop self-penned Standard Bank Ovation award-winning play Narrative Dreams. He also travelled to the US, Washington DC, in 2016 after being selected to take part in The Kennedy Centre’s New Visions/New Voices Festival where his play, The kids From Amandla Street, enjoyed its development and a staged reading.
Lereko was among three playwrights to win the 2nd inaugural Imbewu-Scribe national playwright’s competition with his play Malebone in 2013.
Lereko has facilitated and taught Creative Arts in Correctional Centers, High Schools in and around South Africa and took part in the Department Of Arts and Culture’s Artist-In-Schools programme in 2015. He worked as a company storyteller in Gcina Mhlophe’s storytelling institute Zanendaba Storytellers and writes short storiesthat are published online on naanelemoya. Lereko runs a company with his wife Limpho called Seeds of Water (SOW)that produces work for young audiences and takes theatre into schools.
Tae Hoon Yoo (aka Big Fire) is originally from Seoul, South Korea, and has a degree in Acting (B.F.A.) from Korean National University of Arts. While in Korea, he trained to be a mime, but after taking many voice lessons from Ralph Wells (baritone, LA Opera), he learned how to let his voice be heard in theatre. Influenced by Mary Overlie (Viewpoints) and Anna Deavere Smith (personal narrative) while he studied Performance Studies (M.A.) at NYU Tisch, he became even more interested in how to engage audiences through opera, cabaret, and narrative performance. Read more about Big Fire here.
Spinning Dot Theatre is excited to collaborate with local, national and international artists in the development of new work for young audiences. In 2014, we will begin our Spinning Dot Theatre Artist in Residence Program.
We are very happy to announce our first Artist in Residence will be Kelly Joyce Fielder!