The role of heritage protection through the arts and ‘unclenching the heart’ —classical theatre arts rehabilitation in incarcerated spaces

14 Aug 2019 - 14:00

As part of the CCA Collegian Talk series Tauriq Jenkins will be speaking on: The role of heritage protection through the arts and ‘unclenching the heart’ —classical theatre arts rehabilitation in incarcerated spaces.

Tuesday the 20th of August @1pm

Anatomy Lecture Theatre, Michaelis School of Fine Art.


Tauriq Jenkins is the founding artistic director of the Independent Theatre Movement of South Africa (ITMSA) and Shakespeare in Prison South Africa. His work has been covered by the Folger Library and NPR. He has a Master in Fine Arts Degree in Acting from Columbia University in New York and was Columbia’s  Graduate School of Arts Sciences, 2015-2016 Oral History Merit Scholarship recipient. He is an alumni fellow of the International Fellows Program at Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs focused on US Foreign Policy, and an alumni of International House leadership residency, New York. He served as an advisory board member of the Columbia Arts Initiative.

Tauriq is the former chair of the Performing Arts Network of South Africa (Western Cape). Tauriq is civically engaged and is currently a director of the Observatory Improvement District, Chair of the Observatory Civic Association, Chair of the Two Rivers Urban Park, and Ward 57 Rep on Sub-Council 16, Chair of The Aboriginal Xarra Restorative Justice Forum at UCT and the Khoi and San Legal Centre.  He was the founder of the International Observatory Human Rights Film Documentary Festival, 'The Right to Know Festival". Tauriq is the High Commissioner for the Goringhaicona Traditional Council.

At International House, NYC, Tauriq stage managed the historic event,"When the Federal Reserve Bank Speaks, The World Listens" with US Federal Reserve Bank chairs, Janet Yellen, Ben Bernanke, and Allan Greenspan  as well as part of the organising team of the conference, "Generation Jobless" a solution based conference in NYC on global youth unemployment with branches of the US government, leaders in business such as Fortune 500 CEO's, NGO's, City Mayors, and millennials.

He has directed four interdisciplinary Black History Month Presentations in New York, at International House. At the Columbia School of Arts, Tauriq was part of an arts initiative with leaders of the World Economic Forum for three years in succession using art for strategic, negotiation, and conflict resolution skills training. In New York, Columbia University, Tauriq was dramaturge and perfomer in 2015 of Bearden's Oddessy which was transliterated into a multi disciplinary event comprising of 50 artists across the board.

As artistic director of the ITMSA he trains professional actors. As an actor, he has worked extensively in South Africa, Europe and the United States in both theatre and film including the Royal Shakespeare Company (Stratford upon avon, UK), Classic Stage Company, NYC, Baxter Theatre, Artscape Theatre, National Arts Festival Main Stage, KKnK, Innebos, Harlem Shakespeare Festival, NBC, BBC, SABC National Geographic, and Universal Studios and Columbia Pictures. As a playwright, and dramaturg, his plays have been performed at the District 6 Museum, The Castle of Good Hope,  New York, and at the National Arts Festival.

In 2013, he was awarded the prestigious International Davis Peace Prize for groundbreaking theatre and rehabilitation work in South African prisons.

See his Tedx talk on his work in incarceration. 

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