International Producer, South Africa
Yvette Hardie is a South African theatre producer, director, educator, and writer active in the world of theatre and performance, with a particular focus on theatre for children and young people. She initiated the launch of ASSITEJ South Africa in 2007, and leads the organisation in the capacity of National Director. She is currently serving as President of the international ASSITEJ (2011-2014), which is a network of artists and practitioners working in theatre for young audiences in over 85 countries. She served as Treasurer for the organisation from 2008-2011. In these capacities, she creates opportunities for artistic exchange, mentorship, skills development and cross-cultural collaboration, while working to invigorate the theatrical landscape with work of the highest quality and widest accessibility.
In Africa, she serves as Deputy Chairperson of ACYTA (African Children and Youth Theatre Arena), the regional network of ASSITEJ centres. She also serves as Deputy Chairperson of Arterial Network SA, which brings together South African artists as part of a continent-wide, civil society network.
She is Festival Director of the Out The Box Festival of Visual Performance and Puppetry (2011), after having served as Family Festival Curator (2010), and she initiated and ran the Festival of Fame, Johannesburg, for the first three years of its existence.
She was the General Manager of Colonnades Theatre Lab, South Africa (2003-2010), and co-produced their award-winning theatre piece, Truth in Translation, which tells the story of the interpreters at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. She has been responsible for touring the production to South Africa, Rwanda, Zimbabwe, Edinburgh festival, USA, Sweden, Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Serbia, Croatia and Kosovo, and running workshops with communities in conflict resolution and reconciliation. The production has now been seen by over 55 000 people worldwide.
She is currently producing Mother to Mother, directed by Janice Honeyman and starring Thembi Mtshali-Jones. The production was featured on the main stage of the National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, USA, and has travelled to the Bermuda Festival, the Edinburgh Festival 2012 and Afrovibes (Netherlands and UK tour), as well as appearing on the main stage of the National Arts Festival, South Africa.
As a director, recent projects include Suzanne Lebeau’s The Ogreling and Mike van Graan’s Is it because I’m Jack? Other productions include Rajesh Gopie’s Out Of Bounds, Between Cup And Lip, A Rainbow’s Child, and numerous scripted and workshopped plays during her tenure as drama teacher and Head of Drama at the National School of the Arts (1993-2004). She also directed several youth theatre productions for PACT.
She has developed curricula, designed unit standards and written textbooks and educational handbooks for the Dramatic, Creative and Performing Arts in schools and in further education. Her work as a course leader for Creative Voices serves to empower arts and culture teachers to deliver quality education. She has written and spoken extensively on issues relating to arts for young audiences, arts education and arts for reconciliation and conflict resolution.
As one of the leading voice practitioners in South Africa, she has taught in a variety of contexts, including the University of Cape Town, AFDA, the Market Theatre Laboratory and Sibikwa Community theatre. She has a Performer’s Diploma in Speech and Drama and a BA (cum laude) from the University of Cape Town. She has a Masters in Voice and Speech from Tshwane University of Technology and is a qualified Lessac Voice and Movement Practitioner.