Aubrey Sekhabi Biography: Age, Qualifications, Awards & Productions

Aubrey Sekhabi (born in 1970) is a South African, writer, director, and administrator. At 24, the multi-award-winning Playwright became the Artistic Director of North West Arts Drama Company.

He has written and directed several films which date back to the middle and late 80s. He also has television credits including the SABC 2 detective series titled Orlando.

Aubrey Sekhabi (Writer)
Aubrey Sekhabi biography
In 2002, he became the Artistic Director of the State Theatre in Pretoria.
Full Name:Aubrey Sekhabi
Born:1970 (age 51 years)
Nationality:South African
Gender:Male
Education:University of the Witwatersrand School of Dramatic Arts
Occupation:Writer, director, and administrator
Years active:1980s-date
Ethnicity:Black
Net worth:N/A

Early Life

He was born Aubrey Sekhabi in 1970 and was passed through formal education as he grew.

Qualification

He attended the University of the Witwatersrand School of Dramatic Arts

Career

He has served as the Chief Executive for Arts and Culture in the North West Province in the 2000s.

Another notable position he has held is the Artistic Director and Deputy CEO of the State Theatre. He was appointed to the position in the year 2002.

In 1994, when he was around 24 years old, he worked under the capacity of Artistic Director of North West Art Drama Company. 

He became the Artistic Director of the State Theatre in Pretoria in 2002. During his tenure, he has formed the development department and had many production credits. As a writer and director, he has worked on many productions including;

  • Back To School (1985)
  • Save the People (1986)
  • Strong Hold (1990)
  • Silent Voice 1 ( 1992)
  • Roadhouse (1992)
  • Mika (1994)
  • Scomearound (1993)
  • Nkonyeni High (1995)
  • On My Birthday (1995)
  • Homegirls (1996)
  • Kalushi -The Story of Solomon Mahlangu (2010)
  • Rivonia Trial (2010)
  • Silent Voice (2008)

Some of the work the award-winning co-wrote include;

  • Not With My Gun (1997)
  • The Stick (1999)
  • Interracial (2007)
  • Rhetorical (2012)

More to his credit as a director is the live DVD recording of musician Ringo at the State Theatre, the National Orders Awards. 

He also directed Mother of Rain and Sizwe Banzi is Dead. He is also the brain behind the finale of the FIFA World Cup final draw.

In 2010, Sekhabi directed the Thank You Africa Concert held in Dakar. He also has TV credits including in the detective series Orlando and Hillside both broadcast on SABC2.

He has also occupied a position on the North West Provincial Arts and Culture Council. Sekhabi has also served on the council of the National English and Literary Museum. 

Aubrey is one of the founders of GBR productions (Pty) Ltd, where he serves as president. Following an appointment, he became the Ministerial Task Team for Arts and Culture in 2009.

In the FIFA World Cup (2010), Sekhabi played an advisory role for the opening and closing ceremonies. 

Awards

YearAwardCategoryResult
1998Standard Bank Young Artist Award for DramaWon
2011Naledi AwardDirecting of play/musical:Aubrey Sekhabi (Rivonia Trial)Won
2013Naledi AwardBest Director of play/musical: Aubrey Sekhabi: Silent VoiceNominee
2014Naledi AwardDirecting of play/musical: Aubrey Sekhabi : ‘Marikana – The MusicalWon
1999Vita Award (Gauteng region)Best play: Not With My GunWon
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