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44 IN CONVERSATION WITH WARONA SEANE Artistic Manager of The Soweto Theatre Warona Seane has a passion for developing emerging theatre talent as well as storytelling. An accomplished director and actor in film television and theatre she won a Fleur du Cap Award for the Best Performance in Theatre RevueMusic for For ColouredGirls Who Have Considered SuicideWhen the Rainbow is Enuf. She was also nominated for two Naledi Awards a 2006 Best Actress for Nongogo and a 2008 Best Supporting Actress for The Lion and the Jewel. She also starred in several TV series on the SABC 90 Plein Street Zabalaza and The Borrowers. She has directed Danai Guriras Eclipsed Antonio David Lyons We are Here and The Mountaintop a production that was staged on Broadway and the London stage crowned the Olivier Award in 2010 for best new play. She will be directing the twenty- minute opera called Hani for the Gauteng I DO WHAT I DO FOR THE LOVE OF STORIES AND THE MANY MEDIUMS WITH WHICH THEY CAN BE TOLD. I DO WHAT I DO BECAUSE THE MODES WITH WHICH STORIES ARE TOLD SHIFT AND ARE DIVERSE YET POWERFUL IN THE ASSISTANCE OF OUR UNDERSTANDING OF OUR INTERPRETATIONS AND PERSPECTIVES ON LIFE. IT IS IMPORTANT TO AID THE DEVELOPMENT OF NEW WORK AND PROVIDE SPACE FOR THE CONSTANT EVOLUTION OF EXPRESSION IN ORDER TO KEEP THEATRE ALIVE IN OUR COUNTRY. WARONA SEANE Operas Cula Mzansi season at The Soweto Theatre this August. PM In the contextofthe conversations around the role ofthe creative communityin cultivating business ideas in a contemporarySouth Africa and as Artistic Managerofa relativelynew theatrefacility how do you positionThe SowetoTheatre with audiences relative to otherproducingreceiving houses WS As a very young space and an even younger producing house we began in-house programming in December 2013 it is important to cultivate a dedicated audience. Obviously the challenge has been that there is no set tradition within which to place The Soweto Theatre. However this has also proved to be a positive challenge because we have the space to operate artistically outside of confinement. We are all a Precious Maputle