Yvette Hardie

Associate Artistic Director | South Africa
Yvette Hardie

Yvette is a director, producer, educator and advocate, focusing on theatre for young audiences. She launched ASSITEJ SA in 2007, and leads the NGO as Executive Director. She is currently serving her third term (2011–2020) as President of ASSITEJ, which networks across 100 countries. She was responsible for hosting the 19th ASSITEJ World Congress & Performing Arts Festival, Cradle of Creativity for the first time in Africa, in 2017. She was the General Manager of Colonnades Theatre Lab, SA (2003-2010), and co-produced their award-winning theatre piece, Truth in Translation.

For her own company, FreeVoice Productions, she directs and produces productions which have toured extensively nationally and internationally. She is valued for her work in Arts Education, having written national curricula and textbooks for Dramatic/Creative Arts. She was the Head of the Drama Department 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 Mickey Miner Award for Lifetime Achievement from IPAY (International Performing Arts for Youth), for her contribution to theatre for young audiences locally and globally.