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
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
Freelance Writer/Stylist; Gaborone, Botswana
2013 - Present
Features & Profiles Writer and Stylist
Fashion and Live Events Writer
Teacher Aide/Part-Time Teacher; Gaborone, Botswana
Music substitute teacher
Alumni database monitor
School brand fidelity monitor
Holy Trinity Catholic Church
Gregorian Chant & Classical Singer; Johannesburg, South Africa
2007 - 2010
Arts Ambassador; Johannesburg, South Africa
2007 - 2010
Photo: Neo Jasmine Mokgosi
Writing & Editing
Theatre & Production Design
Styling & Photo Editing
Graphic Design (Adobe Suite)
Communications & Publicity
SA Sign Language (Basic)
Goldsmiths University of London, U.K.
2016 - 2017
MA Human Rights, Culture and Social Justice
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
Pass with 6 distinctions
John Mackenzie Secondary School, Botswana
IGCSE & AS Level (Cambridge)
Extended Resume available upon request and on LinkedIn.