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PACE Entangled - Wednesday 26 August 2020

Updated: Nov 16, 2021

Delegates from around the world met from 25-29 August on Zoom and Airmeet to connect, exchange and share their work to a global network of producers, artists, collaborators and funders

Panel: Creative Disruption & Disobedience on the African Continent

Panel Members


Ismail Mahomed

South Africa

Ismail Mahomed is the Director of the Centre for Creative Arts at the University of Kwazulu-Natal. He was formerly the CEO of the Market Theatre Foundation and the Artistic Director of the National Arts Festival. He has more than 35 years experience working in the South African creative and cultural sectors; and is a holder of several awards for his contribution to the arts. He serves on the boards of several arts organisations.

Hamish Neill

South Africa

Hamish Mabala Neill is an applied theatre practitioner and lecturer, arts project manager, and SRHR educator. His creative and research work focuses on addressing notions of identity and masculinity. Hamish is currently based with Drama for Life in Johannesburg, where as a senior team member, he leads the Knowledge Unzipped project, a South African HIV and SRHR arts programme that premises correcting flawed understandings of consent and oppressive gender expectations as the point of learning departure.

Nada Sabet


Sabet holds a BA in Psychology and Theater from The American University in Cairo (AUC), and an MA from Goldsmith University of London in Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship.

Following multiple schools of Interactive theatre, Sabet has, for over a decade been creating shows in Arabic for an Egyptian audience, to expand that audience in a constant dialogue and push the general expected boundaries. She has created works for adults, youth and children in theatrical and none theatrical spaces all over Egypt with professional actors and enthusiasts alike.

Zerihun Birehanu Sira


Zerihun Birehanu Sira, Assistant Professor, Theater Director, Playwright, and Researcher.

Addis Ababa University, School of Theater Arts,, P.O.Box 150131

Zerihun Birehanu is an assistant professor at Addis Ababa University School of Theater Arts where he is currently teaching and researching theater and performance art.

Zerihun staged many performances that emanated from the different social and political issues of his country, Ethiopia. His performance, mainly experimental, where staged at Addis Ababa University Cultural Center, ‘Amest Killo’ Hall, Ethiopian National Theater, and other alternative spaces in Addis Ababa. Beyond practical works, Zerihun also published academic articles at the University of Leeds African Studies Center and presented his research works in many national and international conferences including the University of Michigan, Oxford University, London School of Economics, Cairo International Festival for Contemporary and Experimental Theater and many other places.

Beatrice Lamwaka


Beatrice Lamwaka teaches at The North Green School and writes for Global Press Journal. She is the Vice President, PEN Uganda and has facilitates creative writing workshops in prisons and has edited the prison’s anthology. She was awarded by Uganda Registration Service Bureau for her literary contributions in 2018. She is a recipient of the 2011 Young Achievers Award, was shortlisted for the 2015 Morland Writing Scholarship and the 2011 Caine Prize for African Writing, and was a finalist for the 2009 South African PEN/Studzinski Literary Award.

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