Mukwae has a BA in Acting (Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London), an MA in Performance Studies (New York University), an MA in Producing Film and Video (American) and an MFA in Film and Digital Technology (Chatham).
Professional credits are many and include Mass (Barbican Centre, London), the Oscar™ nominated film Cry Freedom (Universal), Nuns on the Run (Handmade Films), The Crossing (BBC TWO), King, The Musical (Piccadilly Theatre, London), To Kill a Mockingbird and School for Scandal (Birmingham Repertory Theatre), Constant Star (City Theatre, Pittsburgh) to name a few. She won Best of Pittsburgh for directing The Island (City Theatre, Pittsburgh). She teaches regularly and has been faculty at the Norwegian Theatre Academy and the University of Namibia as well as developing culturally responsive arts curricula for the Pittsburgh Public Schools in association with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and Gateway to the Arts.
As the artistic producing director of global posse productions, inc., she was a screenwriting fellow with Miramax Films for the Sundance Institute and Southern African Screenwriters Lab (SCRAWL), she is a pitching finalist at Sithengi Film and TV Market, South Africa. She writes her own blog and is a contributor to Afrikadaa, a Paris based journal of Afro art and design.
Wade in the Water, a hybrid immersive film is her new work and is currently touring Yucatan, Mexico.
She is a producer on Two 1/2 years, a mixtape album about the spirit of Juneteenth with international and national jazz and hip hop musicians. Recipient of multiple grants, she recently was awarded the Heshima Lifetime Achievement Award for Cry Freedom from the Tazama Film Festival.
Name: Mukwae Wabei Siyolwe
Lives in: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Company: global posse productions, Inc.
Occupation: Director, Producer, Screenwriter, Music Composer and Actor
Lifetime Achievement Award, TAZAMA