Khutjo Green named best actress in a lead role at 2013 Naledi Awards
Drama for Life Master Student, Khutjo Green won the 2013 Naledi Award for Best Actress in a Lead role on Monday, 18 March. Although she competed against theatre stars like Fiona Ramsay and Lee-Ann van Rooi, she convinced the jury with her outstanding performance in the DFL production, The Line.
The Line is constructed from a series of interviews with South Africans involved or affected by the xenophobic attacks that took place in May 2008. It explores the fragility of goodness and questions how the attacks were born and who is responsible. Green was very surprised about winning the award. “I would have never thought I will make it,” the DFL scholar said after the award ceremony.
Green’s work as an actress and a director focuses on issues of Human Rights and Social Justice. In 2008, she was fortunate to co-ordinate a programme in partnership as the anti-trafficking in person co-ordinator with World Hope SA and the International Office of Migration, both champions in combating the modern-day slave industry. Since then she has raised awareness of human trafficking, speaking at various seminars, schools and organisations.
She took part in a number of plays while studying at Wits, including And The Girls in their Sunday Dresses, directed by Shakira and written by Zakes Mda; The Unswept Room, directed by Eddie Maluleke; Sunday, directed by Gordan Lindsey; Soma physical theatre piece, directed by Athena Mazarakis; Just in Time physical theatre piece, directed by Athena Mazarakis; and Spectator, directed by Gerard Bester.
She has also been involved in a number of industrial theatre productions which addressed issues around HIV/Aids. Currently Green is busy finishing her master thesis in the Drama for Life programme.