Yvette Hardie

AboutYvette Hardie

Yvette Hardie is a theatre director, producer, educator and advocate, focusing on theatre for young audiences. She initiated the launch of ASSITEJ SA (the International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People) in 2007, and leads the organisation as Director. She is currently serving her third term as President of the international ASSITEJ (2011 – 2021). In these capacities, she creates opportunities for artistic exchange, mentorship, skills development and cross-cultural collaboration across the world. Under her leadership, ASSITEJ SA won the bid for the 19th ASSITEJ World Congress and Performing Arts Festival in May 2017, the first time this prestigious mega-event has been held on African soil. She has written and spoken extensively on issues relating to arts for young audiences, arts education and arts for reconciliation and conflict resolution. She produced the award-winning Colonnades Theatre Lab production, Truth in Translation, seen by more than 55 000 people worldwide. For her own company, FreeVoice Productions, she has produced national and international tours of Sindiwe Magona’s Mother to Mother. As director, projects include Suzanne Lebeau’s The Ogreling, which has toured South Africa, Zimbabwe, Rwanda and Cameroon. She also was Festival Director for the Out the Box Festival of Visual Theatre and Puppetry. She is valued for her work in Arts Education, having written national curricula and textbooks for Dramatic and Creative Arts. She was Head of Drama at the National School of the Arts, where she taught between 1991 – 2004. She has also taught at the Market theatre Laboratory, AFDA, University of Cape Town and other tertiary institutions. She has an MA in Theatre Practice from Tshwane University of Technology. She was awarded the 2019 Mickey Miner Award for Lifetime Achievement from the International Performing Arts for Youth (IPAY) for her contribution to theatre for young audiences locally and globally.