Push Nqelenga

AboutPush Nqelenga

Pumelela ‘Push’ Nqelenga is a graduate from Rhodes University in Makhanda with a masters in Drama (Contemporary Performance) pass with distinction. For her honours Drama degree, she majored in Physical theatre, Applied theatre and Contemporary theatre and her Bachelor of Journalism and Media studies,majored in Television and New Media. Nqelenga’s interest lies in Contemporary Nguni Performance, Site-specific Performance  and the role of Black Female Body in Performance. She has created lecture series, at Rhodes University and University of KwaZulu Natal, on the use of Oral Poetry in South African Contemporary Theatre and the Black Female Body in Performance.

Nqelenga is an interdisciplinary practitioner who has been performing since 2008, she has performed professionally in award winning productions in different festivals both national and international. She has directed, choreographed and curated student works at UKZN Pietermaritzburg, curated a Site-Specific performance of ‘Return to My Native’ by Aime Cesaire for the Decoloniality Summer Schools at UKZN Howard and also appointed as Acting Director of the Hexagon Theatre in 2020. Currently, a PhD candidate and a lecturer at the Centre for Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies at University of Cape Town.