Thembela Madliki

Thembela Madliki is theatre-maker, live performance educator, and newly trained Intimacy Coordinator/Intimacy Director.

In 2016, Thembela's production Nyanga won Best Student Production at the National Arts Festival. In addition, the play received a nomination for Best New Script, and Thembela Madliki received the award for Most Promising Student Director. In 2017, Thembela's Master of Arts research project Bayephi debuted on the National Arts Festival Fringe programme and was awarded a Standard Bank Silver Ovation Award. The production was later performed at the 2017 Cape Town Fringe Festival. In addition in 2018, Thembela was awarded the Theatre Arts Emerging Directors Bursary. The bursary gave her the opportunity to create Where She Walked which also toured to the National Arts Festival.

In recent years Thembela worked as a Stage and Screen Acting lecturer at AFDA Cape Town where she directed several student performances.

Thembela Madliki's CV



Intimacy Coordinator - UMJOLO - block 3 & 4 - Mjolo SPV (PTY) LTD


Intimacy Coordinator - THE UMBRELLA MEN 2 - Known Associates Entertainment - Dir: John Barker

Co. Intimacy Coordinator - SNAKE - KAE & Boondogle Films, Dir: Meg Rickards

Co-Facilitator - IC WORKSHOP - Theatre Arts Admin, Cape Town

Facilitator - IC  WORKSHOP - Rhodes University Drama Honours Students. 


Director - PHINDA UBUYELE - National Arts Festival Fringe Programme.

Director - (NOT) A PLACE OF WAR - Rhodes University Departmental Production.

Director - CRACKING THE SPINE - Malibongwe Women in Arts Festival.


Director - ULWEMBU - Third Year Production. AFDA Graduation Festival


Director - WHERE SHE WALKED - Theatre Arts Production.

Director - HOLLOWAY JONES - National Arts Festival Arena Program OY Observatory Youth Theatre Arts (Observatory, Cape Town)

Director - ABEBI - Third Year Production. AFDA Experimental Festival.