University of the Witwatersrand. BA in Dramatic Arts (1991)
Body of Work
Moagi Modise, one of South Africa’s veteran TV and stage actors, was born and raised in Galeshewe, Kimberley, Northern Cape. Initially working with and acquiring skills as a school learner from the Mmabana Cultural Centre in Mahikeng, in 1991 Moagi graduated with a BA in Dramatic Arts from the University of the Witwatersrand.
From 1992, Moagi worked with the North West Arts Council in writing, directing and acting in a range of theatre productions, including S’ComeAround, No-Good Friday, Julius Caesar, Maru (The Bessie Headpiece, adapted by Walter Chakela), Encounter, Coriolanus and, The Game. In 1995 he began his career in the television and movie industry, starring in shows ranging from Talente Entsha (1995, SABC 2), Kgatelo-pele (1995, CCTV),SABC 2’s Multi-Characters, A O Utlwile (Presenter, SABC 2) , Soul City (Season 3, 1996), SABC 1’s Killer Magano, Yizo-Yizo (1997, SABC 1), Deafening Silence (1998, SABC 1), Isidingo (1999, SABC 3), Lisenethin: 1 (1999, SABC 2), Scandal (2000, E-TV), Backstage (2000, E-TV), Stokvel (2003 – 2005, SABC 2), Snitch (2004, MNET), Jacob’s Cross (2005-2006, SABC 2) Generations (2005, SABC 1), The Lab (2003/4, SABC 3) and Rhythm City (2007 – 2009, E-TV).
The list of films in which Moagi has acted includes - The Queen’s Messenger (1999), Jerusalema (2002) and Mr Bones (2003). Continued work in theatre at the same time as work in the TV and film industry have included The Rivonia Trial at the Windybrow Theatre, My Children My Africa (for which he received a Naledi Award Nomination), Nothing But the Truth (Bloemfontein Civic Theatre) and The Plot (State Theatre).
In 2009, Moagi returned to live and work from Galeshewe fulltime, with the vision of building a professional platform and opportunities for other artists through the establishment of the Galeshewe Theatre Organisation, a not for profit company, registered in 2010.
Since 2011, Moagi and GATO have worked with actors from the Northern Cape in the professionalization of the arts through a skills transferral process for youths from the Northern Cape including
- 2011, ‘A Season of Locusts’, which was shown locally in the Northern Cape.
- 2012, ‘Goon’, launched at the NAF in 2012 and with a re-run in 2014. Goon was awarded a NAF Encore Award in 2014.
- 2013, ‘Big Hole’, working as above; and launched at the NAF in 2013 and with a re-run in 2014
- 2014, ‘Emsini’, working as above and which won a Special Merit Encore Award in 2014, at the NAF Cape Town Fringe
- 2014, ‘A radio production for SEDA’, working with communities from across the Northern Cape;
- 2015/6/7, ‘Clues on the Sand’, working with the Khomani San community of Askham, launched at the 2016 National Arts Festival and which will be showcased at the State Theatre, with local actors taking key roles.
As the Creative Director of GATO, Moagi researches and writes the scripts for these productions, directs the productions, acts in some of the productions and calls on his wide network of professionals in the industry to further assist in the development of youths through productions.