Public Policy & Advocacy Communications Manager offering comprehensive national and international background in program policy using integrated media with effective planning, management and distribution. Cultural Curator skilled in directing hybrid experiential learning and programming strategies through networking and collaborating with foundations, corporations, legislators, NGO's, collectives, indigenous, marginalized individuals and other stakeholders. Familiar with all levels of social and cultural policy cultural trends, offering successful campaigns to support the growth of diverse equitable and inclusion communities through design, management, evaluation and training, maximizing the effectiveness of established programs. Pursuing new professional challenges with a progressive operation.
Research and advocacy for coordinating and writing pilot, tease, and eight episodes of Fit Camp Caribbean, Reality Television Competition Show highlighting the diabetes-obesity crisis in Trinidad and Tobago.
Wade in the Water, an auto-ethnographic hybrid participatory and interactive ritual drama about social change in Barotseland. Currently in residency at La Cupula Centre Cultural touring Yucatan, Mexico. Original production was a collaboration with composer Daniel Bernard Roumain at the Kelly Strayhorn Theatre, Pittsburgh, PA.
Lead producer Chen Lo hip hop artist for press, branding, tour management, negotiating terms for national and international engagements for State Department funded program Jazz at the Lincoln Center, Rhythm Road Tour of North Africa and the Middle East including Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Lebanon, Oman and UAE. Featured on CBS Sunday Morning, July 4, 2010 and Indepth, AlJazeera.
Curriculum development for Auto-ethnographic Self Portraits in Collage for 5th graders and The Crocodile and the Hen story time for K-3 arts residency for Pittsburgh Public Schools.
Annual African Arts Festival dedicated to the promotion and appreciation of African and African Diaspora visual and performance arts forms attracting over 5,000 visitors.
Pittsburgh Young Playwrights Festival, a year-long program to encourage literacy through devised theatre and playwriting at Carrick Middle School and Gateway Middle School for over two-hundred youth culminating in performances at City Theatre in association with the Grable Foundation.
Double bill of one act plays from South Africa And the Girls in their Sunday Dresses (Mda) and The Island (Kani, Fugard, Ntshona), in partnership with The Pittsburgh Foundation, Hamburg Partner Program, Pittsburgh City Theatre, with special arrangement with Actors Equity Association, Dramatic, Artistic and Literary Organization (DALRO) (South Africa) and Samuel French.
Girls in the Middle, television documentary with the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and Research for Action. Coordinated all casting, shoots, advised on report, developed script and final edit.
Innacity, one act devised play and documentary film as part of the federally funded Weed and Seed Community Revitalization Program for a six-week drama camp for youth focusing on poverty, drugs and violence prevention culminating in a live performance and cultural event for The Arthur Ashe Foundation, Virginia Hero's at the Hippolo Theatre.
Lead producer directing international and local crew for "Contrepied", major southern Africa tour of French contemporary hip-hop dance company whose live events are influenced by soccer culture.
Choices a five part devised radio drama series addressing teen pregnancy in Namibia in association with United Nations Information Centre (UNIC), Ministry of Health and Social Services (MHSS), the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) and the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC). Broadcast April 20, 27, May 4, 11, 18, 1995.
Bank Windhoek Solo, a regional southern African advertising campaign in the banking sector and developed products that included a qualitative research study on the habits and lifestyles of teenagers as well as casting, directing, styling and choreography for a music driven 26' video commercial to promote a bank card for youth. Flighted on networks..
Developed proposal, wrote, directed and produced in collaboration with US Embassy Namibia, United States Information Service (USIS), Norwegian Agency for Cooperation Development (NORAD and members of Namibian state and civic Agencies to achieve voter registration goals through a series of public events that included national Tour of devised stage play called, I've been to the Mountaintop, live International Teleconference with the King Center for Non-Violence, Atlanta, USA with Yolanda King and panel discussions on national reconciliation and social change.
Fundacion Legoretta Hernandez, 2017
Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Pittsburgh Creative Forces 12 People to Meet in 2017
Recipient Advancing Black Arts Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation, 2016
Recipient TAZAMA Film Festival, Lifetime Achievement Award for Cry Freedom, 2016
Recipient Artist Opportunity Grant, Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council Grant, 2014
Nominee Carol R. Brown Emerging Artist/Established Artist Nominee, 2014
Recipient The A.W. Mellon Educational and Charitable Trust Fund Grant, 2014
Artist-in-Residency Kelly Strayhorn Theater, 2013-17
Recipient of The Multicultural Arts Initiative (MCAI) Grants, 2004-2006
Miramax and Sundance Institute, South African Screenwriting Fellow (SCRAWL), 2002
Recipient of Best of Pittsburgh Award for The Island, 2000
City of Pittsburgh Proclamation for Constant Star, 2000
Recipient The Heinz Endowments Grant, 2000
Recipient A.W. Mellon Educational and Charitable Trust Fund Grant, 2000
Pennsylvania Council for the Humanities Grant, 2000
Virginia Center for the Arts (VCCA) Fellow, 1995-1997
Virginia Hero, Arthur Ashe Foundation, Honoree, 1995
Martin Luther King Center for Non-Violence, Voice of America
and United States Information Services Grants (USIS),1993-1995
Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD), 1993-1995
French Mission for Cultural Cooperation Grants, 1992-1993
Franco Namibian Cultural Center Grants 1992-1993
Pauline Siddell Memorial Scholar Guildhall School of Music and Drama, 1984
Universal Periodic Review ( UPR ) Pre Sessions at the United Nations, Barotse National Freedom Alliance (BNFA) Human Rights Abuse and Barotseland, United Nations, Geneva, Switzerland, 2017
Makishi from Bie to Bahia, Cinema at the End of the World, Paper, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, 2016
King David, Witch of Endor, Bach Choir, Pittsburgh PA, 2015 *
Weighty Matters, The Playhouse Theatre, Director, Only in NYC short play and musical festival, New York City, 2014 *
In the Balance: Indigeneity, Performance, Globalization, Paper, Royal Holloway College, London University, London, 2013
Wade in the Water, Kelly Strayhorn Theatre, Alloy Studio, Pittsburgh, 2014 *
Afrikadaa Women Film Festival, Screening of MLK Dream and Wade in the Water, Lavoir Moderne Parisien, Paris, France 2013
Shakespeare's Heightened Language with Patsy Rodenberg,
Wade in the Water/Kuomboka, Screening and Lecture, African Studies Association, Annual Conference, Paper, San Francisco, 2009
Women in Film and Media, Campaign and PSA for Women and Girls Foundation for gender equity for women to advance the industry and have equal pay directed by Melissa Martin, 2007
Dreamtime in BuLozi, Mixed Media Performance, Norwegian Theatre Academy, Fredrikstad, Norway, 2006
I.D., Helen Daniels, dir. Karla Boos, Quantum Theatre, Pittsburgh, 2005 *
Slide Glide the Slippery Slope, Dell, dir, Mladen Kiselov, Carnegie Mellon University, School of Drama, Chosky Theatre, Pittsburgh, 2005 *
Carters Way, Marilyn Stokes, in staged reading, City Theatre, Pittsburgh, 2004 *
Momentum, Dot, in staged reading, City Theatre, Pittsburgh, 2004 *
Variations in America, Marion Anderson, First National Performing Arts Convention, Pittsburgh, 2004 *
Photography, Performativity and the Politics of a Colonial Encounter, King Lubosi Lewanika and Francois Coillard, 1888 - 1902, Paper, Association for Cultural Studies at Urbana Champaign, (Paper), 2004
Literacy and the Arts Conference, Keynote Speaker, Pennsylvania Writers Project and Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, 2003
The Exonerated, Artist, in staged reading in association with CAPA, Pittsburgh Opera, August Wilson Center and City Theatre, 2004 *
Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, Spectacles of Religiosity, 4th Annual Encuentro, Migrating Religiosity's, New York University, 2003
Pittsburgh Film Kitchen, Filmmaker, Screening, digital diary #1, Pittsburgh Filmmakers, Melwood Screening Room, 2003
Making a Good Script Great with Linda Segar, Delegate, Johannesburg, South Africa, 2002
Miramax (Weinstein Company), Sundance Institute, South African Screenwriters Lab (SCRAWL), Screenwriting Fellow, Mentors, Shawn Slovo, Vondie Curtis Hall, Colin Vaines, 2002
Sithengi, Southern African Film and Television Market, Cape Town, Pitching Finalist, Mentor, Julian Friedmann, 2002
Southern African Communications for Development (SACOD), Delegate, Johannesburg, South Africa, 2002
New York African Film Festival Traveling Series, Lecture on Kini and Adams,Carnegie Museum, Pittsburgh, 2000
A Midsummers Nights Dream, Titania/Hippolyta, dir. Karla Boos, Quantum Theatre, Pittsburgh 2000 *
The Island, Pittsburgh City Theatre, dir. Mukwae Wabei Siyolwe, 2000 *
Constant Star, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, dir. Tazewell Thompson, Pittsburgh City Theatre, 2000 *
On the Beach, Helen, dir. Ron Lindblom, Conservatory Pittsburgh Playhouse, 1999 *
Keepers of the Dream, Woman, dir. Jackie Moscow, City Theatre, Pittsburgh, 1999
FESPACO Pan African Film Festival, Delegate and Journalist, Ecrans d'Afrique, 1997
Third Development Theatre Festival, Workshop Facilitator, Ouagadougou, 1992
The Magic Carpet, Tortoise, dir.Steve Unwin, Royal National Theatre, Olivier Stage, London, 1990 *
Visitor to the Veldt, Karabo, dir.Alby James,Temba Touring Company, UK, 1990 *
King the Musical, Lily, dir, Clarke Peters, Piccadilly Theatre, London, 1990 *
Nuns on the Run, Julie, dir. Jonathan Lynn, Handmade Films, 1987 *
Crossing the Border, Pello, Scene BBC2 Television, 1987 *
To Kill a Mockingbird, Helen, School for Scandal, Maria, dir. John Adams, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, 1987 *
Cry Freedom, Tenjy, dir. Richard Attenborough, Universal, 1987 *
Mass, Jazz Singer, dirs. Leonard Bernstein, John Mauceri, Bill Bryden, Barbican Centre, London, 1986
* Member of British Equity and Actors' Equity Association
Member, American Association of University Women (AAUW) (1996- 2002)
American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) (2015 - Present)
National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) (2009 - 2016)
British Equity (1986 - Present)
British Equity Collecting Society (BECS) (2014 - Present)
Actors Equity Association (AEA) (1999 - Present)
Gateway to the Arts, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust (2009 - Present)
Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council (GPAC)
NYU Alumni Association
American Alumni Association
Guildhall Alumni Association (Advisor)
Foxon Society, Roedean Moira House School
global posse productions, inc.
Siyolwe M.W. (2016) Afrikadaa, Afro Design and Contemporary Arts, Politics of Sound, Concept, Riffs and Texts, January, No. 8, ISSUU
Siyolwe M.W. (2015) Afrikadaa, Afro Design and Contemporary Arts, Barotseland and the Performed Archive the auto-ethnographic Eye and I, May, No.7, ISSUU
Siyolwe, M. W. (2014) PLAY, Guildhall School News, Thank You Guildhall and Bravo, Spring Summer
Siyolwe M.W.M. (2013) Afrikadaa, Afro Design and Contemporary Arts, E-Motional,Black Iconography and the Ausarian Resurrection, Jan, No.6, ISSUU
Siyolwe, M.W.M. (2013). Afrikadaa, Afro Design and Contemporary Arts,Afro-Futur-ism, Computational Code and the Generation of Art, Juin/Juillet/Aout,No 5, ISSUU
Siyolwe, W. (1987) Panorama. New York: Variety of African Cultures. Ecrans d'Afrique/African Screen: Revue Internationale de Cinema, Television et Video, 21(22) 67
Siyolwe, W. (1988) Ecrans d'Afrique/ African Screen: Conversations with Keyan Tomaselli. Culture Communication and Media Studies, Index, University of Natal,South Africa. Retrieved from http://ccms.ukzn.ac.za/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=373
Through her diplomatic upbringing Wabei is an international girl with international interests. She is extremely well informed, so that, coupled with her buoyant and outgoing nature, there has developed a deep interest in, and concern for, the lot of mankind.
Adrian Underwood, Moira House School, Eastbourne
Wabei was without a doubt one of the most original and talented students I encountered. It is clear that her interest as a writer and producer have developed as much as her acting, and she cannot fail to make a major contributions wherever she goes.
Tony Church, Honorary Associate Artist, Royal Shakespeare Company
I have had several opportunities to witness the outstanding work Ms. Siyolwe has done as an actress, educator, director, and promoter. Her ability to encourage widespread participation in cultural events impressed me tremendously.
R.L Hofmeyr, Director of Arts, Ministry of Education and Culture, Namibia
Wabei directed the project through every stage of production from script writing, editing, cast of actors, rehearsals, recording and final control. In this process her experiences shared with the NBC personnel were very invaluable. The radio series ran for five weeks and was very successful judging from the unusually high number of phone calls from teenagers participating. Local newspaper reviews acclaimed it. Teenagers and parents asked for more. I have a great deal of respect for Wabei. She is an exceptional person, imbued with a passionate zeal for media and arts, honest and hardworking.
Hilifa Mbako, Head of Radio Services, Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC)
Thank God for Wabei! She not only cast the movie brilliantly, but she also turned the kids into polished hoofer's in just a few weeks. Her choreography looked spectacular because she has such an intimate knowledge of the film process and what looks good on camera.
Michael MacCarthy, Managing Director Movie Makers International, (PTY) Ltd.
Wabei knows current developments in broadcasting and media and sees the world from a unique lens and her pursuit of seeking authentic representations of culture will contribute to the scholarship of African artistic forms. She asked pertinent questions and is a dynamic speaker and performer with a clear idea of the role culture and politics plays in media representations.
Keyan Tomaselli, Center for Media and Cultural Studies, University of Natal, Durban, South Africa
Her range of talents as an artist and a scholar has continually impressed me. I wish her every opportunity to expand and grow.
Ronald Allan Lindblom, Vice President, Artistic Director, Conservatory of Performing Arts, Pittsburgh Playhouse, Point Park University
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