Tsiestsi Morobi says he wants to see art become part of the school curriculum. He is a performer and drama teacher who sees art as a vehicle for social change, especially for those who were previously disadvantaged.
Morobi studied a dramatic arts degree at the University of the Witwatersrand. He works with the Kids Haven Drama Group where he runs a weekly drama programme.
“I want to use performance as a catalyst to building the youth holistically and to make it easily accessible to the youth,” he says.
Earlier this year Morobi wrote a play called Skrop’laap for the children of the Kids Haven drama group to perform. The play examines themes such as sexuality, friendship, loss and society’s perception on homeless children.
Working with the children from the drama group has been one of the proudest and rewarding moments of his life. Seeing the children performing on a professional stage at the Shakespeare schools festival at Joburg theatre in 2019 for the first time stands out for him.
“It was an amazing moment and one that will stay with me forever,” he says
Morobi says he had always dreamed of getting the group to a professional level because he has witnessed their progress..
He says being asked to perform in Orlando, Florida, and New York City in 2014 was a personal highlight. It showed him that he was capable of doing great things.
“The advice I would give my younger self or any young person is that ‘you are enough’,” he says.