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ABOUT

 

Katlego Kolanyane-Kesupile has been groomed in multiple roles  grounded in creative industries for almost a decade. A global speaker, writer, stylist, cultural commentator, human rights activist, educator, facilitator, designer, creative director, researcher ​and performer, Kolanyane-Kesupile has a penchant for outcome-driven work. 

Kolanyane-Kesupile is the founder and Creative Director of the Queer Shorts Showcase festival - Botswana's first, and only, LGBT-themed theatre festival. She is a playwright and a published poet, a vocal trainer, and has also taught performance from nursery to tertiary levels. She has served as a speaker and facilitator in festivals and conferences around the world - including in Uganda, South Africa, Rwanda, USA, UK and Switzerland. 

She holds a Sociology Masters degree in Human Rights, Culture, and Social Justice from Goldsmiths University in London, UK. She is a highly decorated ARTivist and humanitarian, and is driven by the intention to nurture compassion in young people and promote intergenerational dialogue in sub-Saharan Africa and across the world. She uses her theatrical training and writing as mediums to effect societal change.

"Change comes with diverse knowledge growth. I am a passionate educator as I believe that ignorance is a choice... one I wish to deter my fellow human beings from taking." - Kolanyane-Kesupile [on being an ARTivist.]

Kat Kai Kol-Kes International
Director; Gaborone, Botswana

2014 - Present

  • Brand development and identity management

  • Artistic export consultancy

  • Event organisation, styling and coordination

  • Gender & Human Rights training

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Customer Service Representative; London, UK.

2016 - 2018

  • Communications

  • Client facing customer service delivery

Clifton Preparatory School
Performance Workshop Leader; Francistown, Botswana

2011 - 2016

Alliance Francaise de Gaborone.
Live Event Host; Gaborone, Botswana

2014 & 2015

  • Fête de la Musique Botswana

  • Beaujolais Nouveau

Peolwane Magazine
Freelance Writer/Stylist; Gaborone, Botswana

2013 - Present

  • ​Features & Profiles Writer and Stylist

  • Fashion and Live Events Writer

Maru-a-Pula School 
Teacher Aide/Part-Time Teacher; Gaborone, Botswana

​2011-2013

  • ​Drama teacher

  • Music substitute teacher

  • Alumni database monitor

  • School brand fidelity monitor

Holy Trinity Catholic Church
Gregorian Chant & Classical Singer; Johannesburg, South Africa

​2007 - 2010

Wits Theatres
Arts Ambassador; Johannesburg, South Africa

​2007 - 2010

WORK 

Photo: Neo Jasmine Mokgosi

© Faith In A Jar Photography

Skills

Facilitation

Public Speaking

Writing & Editing

Production Management

Event Hosting

Vocal Training 

Directing

Choreography

Theatre & Production Design

Styling & Photo Editing

Graphic Design (Adobe Suite)

Communications & Publicity

Marketing

Setswana-English Translation

Languages

English

Setswana

French

Spanish

German (Basic)

SA Sign Language (Basic)

EDUCATION

Goldsmiths University of London, U.K.

2016 - 2017

​MA Human Rights, Culture and Social Justice

  • Disability Rights

  • LGBTQI+ Rights 

  • Public Space Politics

University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.

2007 - 2010

Bachelor of Arts, Dramatic Arts

Directing, Design and Queer Studies

  • Minors in French and Spanish

  • Top 15% performing students in the university

  • Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship fellow.

 

Crawford College North Coast, South Africa

​2006

Matric

  • Pass with 6 distinctions

John Mackenzie Secondary School, Botswana

​2001-2005

 

IGCSE & AS Level (Cambridge)

Extended Resume available upon request and on LinkedIn.

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