Jane Mamotse Mpholo

Jane Mpholo is a multi-award winning theatre Practitioner and an Audience Development Specialist at the Performing Arts Centre of the Free State (PACOFS) . She has been active on both the national and international platforms with collaborations with practitioners from the Netherlands, USA and Australia, to name a few. Jane is a senior judge for the World Monologue Games and World Monologue Film Festival. Her highlights as a writer include being chosen as one of the 5 top playwrights for the NATi Yong Sterre program for her script "The Dawn", making it to the top 20 playwrights list for the African Women Playwrights Festival of Plays for her script "The Naked Truth" (which she later turned into a short film) and having her script "Fragmented" on the program for Teksmark 2022. Her autobiographical show "Psalm 69" has proved to be timeless and has showcased on both the national and international platforms such as the Global leadership summit 2018. Jane is a panel member for the National Arts Council and is a former FS Provincial Liaison for the BASA Debut Program. She is a recent graduate for the BASA Cultural Producers Program, an initiative between British Council; BASA, Common Purpose and the Manchester International Festival. Her short film "Cleanse" which looks at the life of a woman under oppression as a domestic worker has won multiple international awards and aired on DSTV pop up channel 150 (Woordfees TV 2022). Jane is also one of the contributors for the Stemme/Voices monologues 2022, an initiative by the Suidoosterfees.  Jane practices as a professional actor (has over 40 theatrical shows under her belt), playwright, producer, dramaturge, facilitator, arts coach , speaker and mentor. She is passionate about inclusive education and creating a safe space for audiences to engage in discussions pertaining to the social ills of the world. She is a true advocate for human rights. Amongst the many awards and recognitions....she is a three times Kyknet Fiesta Nominated artist and made it to the lists "Mail and Guardian Women Changing South Africa" and the "Sunday World Unsung Heroes 2022".

Inspired by a woman I met yesterday.

(A very special woman who I got to meet through tragedy. She has a very special place in my heart.)   Caucasian skin, Melanin heart.  In her African printed skirt, […]

Dearest John

Dearest John I hold on to the letters you wrote to me The ones where you told me you loved me And the ones where you told me how unworthy […]

Vrystaat Arts Festival: Fragmented

A once-silenced woman speaks out, from a place unfamiliar to the rest of the world. Desperate to be heard, she takes us on a journey of what was once, and […]

THE imPERFECTIONS OF MOTHERHOOD

We have been raised to love our children and forget our true feelings about them and what they bring. Women hide so many truths that behind closed doors, many of […]

The Dark Cloud

The concept of mourning in a South African context “A man dies and everything stops for the woman. From the day she hears the news, she must sleep on the […]

It’s a man’s world

“There are certain expectations and pressures that come with being a woman, especially an African woman. From being groomed to never speak your mind, to submitting to your husband and […]

The Climb: Scene 5

(Talk show) Palesa: good morning Mzansi. We will be talking about shoes today. They say the way to a woman’s heart is by gifting her some badass shoes. Now this […]

Answers to a journalist’s questions

Journalists in their quest for information for deadline-driven stories leave out much more than they put into their 450+ words stories. These answers from Jakes Gerwel Foundation writers to questions […]

Chaos

Birds chirping Babies crying  Silence needed  Cars passing  > The thoughts are too loud  I can’t hear myself think Suddenly it goes quiet and I am instantly aware of how […]

Diary of a Christian Woman … part 11

It was a sunny Thursday morning, and I was excited for the day. On this special day, I would travel to Lesotho to go be an assistant facilitator for a […]

Diary of a Christian Woman …part 10

It wasn’t always gloomy, this belief thing. I remember during one of our late night drunk moments; a friend of mine said to me: “Sometimes it is not that God […]

Diary of a Christian Woman … part 8

It is a Wednesday morning and it is damn dusty outside. Circumstances force me to leave my house and go work from the coffee shop. You would think I would […]

Diary of a Christian Woman … part 7

I am a sinner, probably one of the biggest sinners on earth….well, I mean according to the Bible of cause. Let’s just leave it at 5 because wow, I am […]

Diary of a Christian Woman … part 6

Two days ago I went to a friend’s place to do my hair. She couldn’t do the much-needed house call for me because she and her partner couldn’t leave town. […]

Flowers

Flowers for the broken hearted The ones whose souls are wandering between realms Flowers for the ones whose innocence was taken away  The very ones who watch the perpetrators live […]

Diary of a Christian Woman…part 5

Since I embarked on this journey of “self-discovery” or rather; questioning what was instilled in me….I always get random people who feel the need to talk about their beliefs and […]

Diary of a Christian woman: part 4

 It’s a Friday afternoon and I just had lunch. I am in the staff kitchen busy doing some dishes and suddenly, a colleague walks in to warm his food in […]

Diary of a Christian woman: part 3

Fast forward, I ended up graduating from the youth program. My mother was so proud of me but I still felt like a failure. Months later, I still couldn’t get […]

Diary of a Christian woman: Part 2

To be honest, I never quite felt like I belong. I always figured there may be something off with me. I remember my mom literally had to force me to […]