New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts
MFA in Musical Theatre Writing 2010
Tshwane University of Technology
BA Musical Theatre Performance 2006
Body of work
As a performer, Mkhululi has performed in numerous plays and musicals including working under the direction of two-time Tony Award director, Peter Brook. At the age of twenty-four, he became the youngest adjunct professor at the New York University (NYU), teaching a course called South African Culture through History, Art and Media. Mkhululi has further written operas with composers including Paul Castles (‘The Road Between the Desert and the Ocean’ and ‘The Call ‘) and Angelique Mouyis (‘Bessie:The Blue-Eyed Xhosa’) which was staged by the Cape Town Opera in November 2015 at the Artscape Theatre. Other work includes musicals with composers including Michael Thurber and Saheem Ali (‘Goddess, Malibu and Native’), Dewey Fleszar (‘Let It Rain’), Sooyeon Lee (‘On The Wall’), BLK JKS (‘Mongezi’), Bokani Dyer (‘My Daughter/Son’), as well as a dance musical with Monwabisi Bangiwe (‘Emathongeni’) and an African animation musical with Julian Wenn (‘Five’s Wonderland’).
Mkhululi was commissioned by the Cape Town Opera to adapt Athol Fugard’s novel, ‘Tsotsi’ for the musical theatre stage. Composer and performer, Zwai Bala composed the music and Tsotsi will be staged at Artscape Theatre in November 2017. Awards include the Yip Harburg Award for Best Lyricist (2009, 2010), the Really Useful Group Award and the Eugene O’Neill Award for Musical Theatre (2013). In 2015, Mkhululi was selected by the Mail and Guardian newspaper as one of South Africa’s Top 200 Young South Africans. In August 2016, GQ Magazine selected Mkhululi as one of their 20 Game Changers.