- Category: PA 2004
Napo Masheane was born in Soweto and grew up in Qwaqwa (Free State). She holds a Marketing Management and Speech & Drama Diploma. She is a writer, director, producer, motivational speaker, facilitator, teacher, poet and acclaimed performer on both national and international stages. Napo is a founding member of Feela Sista! Spoken Word Collective. In addition, she was a nominee of the Daimler Chrysler South African Poetry Award in 2005 and the winner of the Mbokodo Award under the Theatre category in 2012.
Napo was named one of the Top 100 youth in South Africa by the Mail & Guardian 2007, after her provocative and humorous one woman show My Bum Is Genetic Deal With It. 2009 saw her as part of Flare female directors programme where she wrote/directed The Fat Black Women Sing. 2010 kicked off with her show Napo & Indigenous Orchestra for Viking Cruise Liners. She was the creative director at the opening of Mbombela Stadium for 2010 in Mpumalanga. Later that year, she produced and directed Mollo at the Joburg Theatre and was invited to perform in Senegal at Black Arts Festival. 2011 saw her working with University of Pretoria in a play called Street Lights With Lips. 2011-2012 saw her as a guest lecturer for the University of Pretoria (Drama Department). Presently, she is the Managing Director of her own company, Village Gossip Productions. 2014 kicked off with her doing her Masters in Creative Writing with Rhodes University.