Faye Kabali-Kagwa is the Western Cape coordinator for ASSITEJ South Africa — an organisation providing children with access to the arts by bringing theatre into schools and children to the theatre. Through her work at ASSITEJ, the Rhodes University drama and sociology graduate has realised the importance of creating opportunities for children to engage with the arts, be it through books, theatre or other creative content, and the transformative role this plays in stimulating imagination, shifting perceptions, teaching empathy and promoting nation-building. She recently spearheaded a project called WhatsApp Theatre, starting with The Shopping Dead — a play the audience followed through text message, links and GIFs on WhatsApp. Hailed as a triumph by theatre critics, it’s an idea Kabali-Kagwa is hoping others run with. She is also an arts coordinator and curator of poetry at the annual Open Book Festival in Cape Town.
My greatest desire is to see all students accessing and succeeding at university, regardless of gender, disability, race and socioeconomic status.