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Koleka Putuma

Performance poet and Theatre practitioner in training

Performance poet and Theatre practitioner in training, Koleka  Puama has come to the end of her degree in Theatre and Performance at UCT. Her work has had the privilege of traveling to Scotland, New York and around South Africa. Earlier this year she was nominated and voted to represent the Western Cape in the Slam For Your Life competition at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival, where she was crowned South Africa’s First National Slam Champion.

During her time at UCT she has directed An Endless Echo (2013), For God’s Sake (2014), an adaptation of Chimamanda Adichie’s‘Miracle’, Mbuzeni (2014) and UHM (2014) which was awarded Best Student Writing at the NAF Student Festival in Grahamstown.

She has headlined at SliPnet’s Inzync Poetry Sessions, Word N Sound Poetry and Live Music Series and at Off The Wall. She is a resident poet of the collective Lingua Franca and Co-Founder of theatre companies Velvet Spine, and the PaperCutCollective.

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