The Trustees
Rob Joseph

ROB JOSEPH, Chairman

Rob Joseph has been involved in the performing arts since his early primary school days, when he was involved in assisting with the building of sets for the annual school concert. At high school in Johannesburg he continued the trend, and was engaged in all sorts of backstage pursuits. You could say that the bug bit early on, and he continued right through his working life to be involved in the mounting of stage shows as a hobby, in 1983 he turned his hobby into his job and started work at the Wits Theatre's set -building workshop as manager. He retired from this position in 2009, after 25 years of service to the Wits Theatre community. Always, through this time, he has devoted part of his life to the running of the RAPS Schools' One-Act Play Festival, initially as Festival Stage Manager, then Front of House, then Festival Director and now as Chairman of the RAPS Trust. He has seen the festival grow from its birth in 1969 at the Library Theatre, where just 15 schools participated, to this - over 40 years of RAPS Festivals, with 40 plays from 40 schools across Johannesburg - and with others knocking on the door to get in!



Mpho Osei-Tutu

MPHO OSEI-TUTU, Trustee

Mpho Osei-Tutu’s love of acting began at the tender age of eight. He holds a B.A. (Hons) in Dramatic Art from Wits University; where he majored in Performance, Television and Screenwriting, and is now a familiar actor on the South African stage and screen. On stage, acting roles include Ramabanquo in Pieter-Dirk Uys' MacBeki, Tumi in Paul Slabolepsky's For Your Ears Only, Creon in Medea, Malvolio in Twelfth Night, Jimmy “Long Legs” Mangane in the musical Love, Crime and Johannesburg, Winston in the South African classic The Island, with which he has toured the UK, the US and Greece, and multiple characters in his self-penned Convincing Carlos. On screen, acting roles include Mpho in InterSEXions and Desmond in the International Emmy Nominated Home Affairs, amongst many others. Mpho's voice can be heard in several voiceovers and notably as the character of Gift on SAFM’s soapie Radio Vuka. Mpho is also a screenwriter and has penned episodes of SAFTA award winning Rhythm City, The Lab and A Place Called Home. He was a writer on the controversial After Nine and has worked as a director on Zone 14, on which he also writes.  A burgeoning independent filmmaker, Mpho produced Joburg (currently on the international festival circuit) and Getting it On (which won Best Overall Short Cut at the 2006 Multi Choice VUKA! Awards).


 

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