Actress, Performer, Singer, Performance Artist, Voice Artist, Producer, Writer
Mamello Makhetha is an actress, voice artist, singer, performance artist, producer, and writer. As an actress she is fluent in both English and Sesotho. In her 1st Year at UCT, she played an ensemble actor in Shoko Yoshimura Coco’s P4 Directing Scene, Far Away (2016). In 2018 she played the role of Mandisa from Nothing But the Truth, by John Kani for the P3 Acting Project, Missing Pages. In the same year, she was an actor in a 2-hander melodrama realism play, Raising Sunflowers with Katlego Dikeledi, by Tshegofatso Mabutla. The play was staged at Baxter’s Masambe Theatre, in 2018. Between 2017 and 2018, she performed and co-wrote Linda Makgabutlane’s Master’s graduation production, Shacks and Yoga Mats, with Kylie Fisher. She performed and co-wrote multiple roles in Lukhanyiso Skosana’s Ingugquko. In 2019, she played the character of The Spotted Boy in Venus directed by Warona Seane.
She has been directed by Mandla Mbothwe in numerous productions over her university career. She played the Visionary Womxn in Nguvu Ya Mbegu for the P2 Bilingual Project in 2017, which she also co-wrote with her fellow actors. In 2018, she was a P3 performer in his production, called In His Quest. In 2019, she played Sarah in his P4 Bilingual Acting production called, Nguvu Ya Mbegu: Entabelanga, which he also co-wrote with her fellow actors. She played Lane in The Clean House directed by Renier Nolte. She performed in Alice De Beer’s Windows Caberet at the end of 2019 at UCT. She also completed a run of Nasty Womxn directed by Dara Beth at the Alexander Bar and Baxter’s Masambe Theatre. She played Marienne and Marienne 2 for the Gin Hedricks Activation , directed by In 2020, she performed in Vagina Monologues, staged by the Sugar Daddy Theatre Company at the Raptor Room.
She has been a part of various short films. In 2017, she played the role of Ella in Zoe Jancou’s film, Numb. She played the role of Dimpho in Simamkele Mchako’s film, Chemotherapy. Her list also includes: the AFDA pilot telenovela Nothing Personal by Siwongiwe Jozana, where she played Reba. (2015). Growing Pains directed by Katya Abedian. (2018). She played Maya in You’re Killing Me directed by Tarania Naidoo. (2019). She was in WOMXN directed by Aimee Jane. (2019). Esiqeni Sakho (The Coven) directed by Ranji Mangcu. (2019). She played Nozipho in Riaz Solker’s Discomfort Zones. (2019). She played Spokazi in Siyasanga Mbikwana’s Life Is Always Better When We Are Together. (2019). She co-wrote and performed the film Stained by Kirsten Gobey. (2020).
She has been involved in various voice artist work, which includes work for both Shoprite (2018) and SARS (2018), educational videos for Inclusive Education: South Africa and SmartStart South Africa. (2019). She was also a voice for Sunjin Muftic’s 2019 geo-interactive installation walk entitled Ukubekindlebe for the Makhanda National Arts Festival’s Creative Digital Arts Festival. (2019). She was the script writer and voice over artist for the MySchoolMyPlanet Nelson Mandela Day Campaign. (2020)
Her awards include: Mike Van Graans’s 2020 STAND Foundation Satirical Writing Challenge, The Sugar Daddy Theatre Company: 1 minute monologue acting competition (2nd Place) in 2020, the Standard Bank Ovation Award (Makhanda National Arts Festival) (Nguvu Ya Mbegu: Entabelanga) (2019), and the Golden Key International Honour Society (2020).