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Thembi Mtshali Jones

1st Lang: Zulu (fluent), English (fluent), Xhosa (fluent)     
Eyes: Brown     Hair: Black     Height: 1.7     

AWARDS

2014 – The Standard Bank Standing Ovation Award was presented to Thembi Mtshali-Jones for her illustrious career at the National Arts Festival and in recognition of a lifetime of creative energy in South Africa’s cultural life spanning over four decades..
2014 – Standard Bank Ovation Award for her new stage production Gogo and Big Sister.
2014 – Fleur Du Cap, Nominated for best actress in a theatre play A Woman in Waiting.
2013 – Thembi was awarded with The Mbokodo Award in the category of theatre which honours women who push boundaries of the genre and create new and exciting performance of high standards.
2009 – Living Legend Award by EThekwini Municipality and KwaZulu/Natal Province.
2007- TRUTH IN TRANSLATION won a Fringe First Award in Edinburgh Festival
2007 - Thembi was nominated for best performance in Truth in Translation by Naledi Awards.
2007 – Thembi was nominated by SAFTA for best supporting actress award in Stokvel sitcom
2004 Thembi was commissioned to write a radio drama for BBC Radio 4 to celebrate 10 years of our democracy. The Guardian Newspaper nominated it as pick of the day in 2004. It was chosen as Play of the Week by BBC World Service and broadcast globally to an estimated audience of 45 million.
2004 STOKVEL sitcom was nominated for Switzerlands Rose D’Or and was the runner up at the American Emmy’s for Best International Comedy Award. Thembi was nominated for best supporting actress for Stokvel in 2007 for Safta Awards.
2004 - THE WOODEN CAMERA film won a Crystal Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival.
2002 - Thembi was a finalist in the Tribute Achievers Awards in the category of African Excellence in Entertainment & Arts.
2002 Thembi won the Sony Gold Award for the BBC 4 radio version of A Woman in Waiting.
2000 – A WOMAN IN WAITING won a Fringe First award at the Edingurgh Arts Festival.
2000 – Thembi was nominated for best actress in the Manchester Evining Standard Award in the UK.
1999 Thembi won Best Actress Award at The Carthage Festival in Tunisia for A Woman in Waiting.
HAVE YOU SEEN ZANDILE co-written by Gcina Mhlophe with Thembi Mtshali & MaraliVanrenen won a Fringe First Award at the Edinburgh Festival in 1988.
MAPANTSULA – was awarded an FNB Vita Nomination for Best Actress. With  the film winning the best new film at the Cannes International Film Festival 1988

Film Experience

Film Role Director / Production Company
WHILE YOU WERENT LOOKING Gogo dir. Catherine Stewart, Out of Africa
KONFETTI Lerato Cwele dir. Zaheer Bhyat, Light and Dark Films
NEW FAMILY Desi dir. Stefanie Sycholt, U5 Filmproduktion & Two Oceans Productions
COPPOSITES Constance Ralapele dir. Oliver Rodger, OC Productions
RED SUN OF AFRICA N Nanga dir. Christian Theede, DO Productions
THEMBA Sister Princess Do Productions
COUNTRY OF MY SKULL
CAPE OF GOOD HOPE
THE WOODEN CAMERA
IN MY COUNTRY
DEEP IMPACT produced by Steven Spielberg, USA
MAPANTSULA lead

Television

Series Role Director / Production Company
FORCED LOVE 2 Mam Fundi Penguin Films
TRAFFIC 2 Zandi dir. Roberta Durrant, Penguin films
INGOMA Mrs Byati Penguin and Paw Paw Films
WHEN WE WERE BLACK Nobethu dir. Khalo Matabane, SABC I
90 PLEIN STREET SEASON 4 President Dineo dirs. Khalo Matebane; Jahmil Qubeca, Born Free Media
MUVHANGO Nandi Word of Mouth Productions
FINAL VERDICT I & II Nonkululeko Mthethwa & Natalie SABC 2, Carol Bouwer Productions
LEAGUE OF GLORY Andiswa Sigcau Waterfront Television
SILENT WITNESS Zali BBC series: Skeleton Productions, Out of Africa
STOKVEL Hazel Penguin Films: SABC 2
ITS GOOD ITS NICE
DIVERS DOWN Edit Cafe: ETV
GENERATIONS SABC
INTERROGATION ROOM Waterfront Television: SABC
TAKALANI SESAME
MADAM & EVE Penguin Films
SCOOP SCOOMBIE
S.O.S, FISHY FESHUNS
BACKSTAGE ETV
PHINDI
IFA LAKWAMTHETHWA
JOURNEY THROUGH IMAGINATION Presenter Penguin Films
SGUDI SNAYIS SABC

Theatre Experience

Production Role Director / Venue
GOGO AND BIG SISTER Creator, Writer premiered at the National arts festival 2014 and awarded with a Standard Bank Ovation award
MOTHER TO MOTHER A one woman play Cowritten by Sindiwe Magona, Thembi mtshali
CISSIE GOOL by Nadia Davids: Baxter Theatre
TRUTH IN TRANSLATION dir .Michael Lessac between the USA & South Africa. Performed in Rwanda, Zimbabwe, South Africa, USA, UK, Sweden, Northern Ireland, Eastern Europe and the Balkans
CELEBRATION OF THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY FOR SOUTH AFRICAS INDEPENDENCE commissioned by BBC RADIO 4 to write a play.
WOMAN IN WAITING one woman play commissioned by The Joseph Paps Theatre in New York
MARABI AND MABATHA Malcom Purkeys Musical; Toured in South Africa, UK and USA
THE CRUCIBLE with Lara Foot
DAUGHTER OF NEBO dir. Janice Honeyman; with Hillary Bletcher Market Theatre & toured to New York
LA CAGE AUX FOLLES dir. Janice Honeyman
JUKE BOX JOL dir. Janice Honeyman
ONCE ON THIS ISLAND dir. Janice Honeyman
EDEN AND OTHER PLACES co written by Barney Simon and Thembi Mtshali
WOMAN OF AFRICA co written by Thembi Mtshali
HAVE YOU SEEN ZANDILE co written by Thembi Mtshali
BLACK AND WHITE FOLLIES Janice Honeyman: Market Theatre
IPI TOMBI lead World Tour including the West End of London & Broadway, New York
MEROPA (a musical production) by Louis Burke and Joan Brickhill; 1973
UMABATHA ( Zulu adaptation of Macbeth) The William Shakespeare Festival; London in 1971 and l972 discovered by Welcome Msomi

Special Skills

MUSICAL
Professional singer
LANGUAGES
Zulu (fluent), English (fluent), Xhosa (fluent)
 
VOCAL STYLES
Warm, Corporate, Straight, Conversational, Narration, Soft Sell, Medium Sell
 
ACCENTS
South African English

Voice Clips

  • Thembi Mtshali-Jones - ENG Intro
  • Thembi Mtshali-Jones - ENG Corporate Read
  • Thembi Mtshali-Jones - XHOSA Second Character - Lucky Star 08
  • Thembi Mtshali-Jones - ENG Straight Read - Hullets Sugar


Songs

  • Thembi Mtshali 05 - Phatha Phatha
  • Thembi Mtshali 07 - Track 7
  • Thembi Mtshali 10 - Ngenzeni