KEYNOTE DIALOGUE #3: “In Conversation with Calvin Ratladi”

KEYNOTE DIALOGUE #3: “In Conversation with Calvin Ratladi”

Chair/Dialogue Partner: David April

Biography: Calvin Ratladi

Calvin Ratladi is an award-winning producer, director, actor, dramaturg, designer, and arts administrator. Directorially, he has won numerous awards, including two Standard Bank Ovation Awards, the 2019 ImpACT Award for Young Professionals (Theatre), and the 2019 Lesedi Spirit of Courage Naledi Theatre Award. To date, Ratladi has graced international festivals such as SPIELART Festival in Munich (Germany), Red Bridge Festival in Luxembourg City (Luxembourg), and Theaterformen (Germany). He is internationally renowned as an artist who advocates on issues about identity, politics of the body in post-coloniality, and giving voice to people living with disabilities. Most recently, Ratladi received a creative exchange residency from The Centre for the Less Good Idea in Johannesburg and the Teatre Lliure in Barcelona for 2021. He has completed the Thinking in Cardboard Scenography mentorship with Sabine Theunissen in collaboration with UNITA program. He is currently spearheading Johannesburg’s A GATHERING IN A BETTER WORLD event as a curator and is a South African Film and Television Award (SAFTA) winning artist (2022).