Meet our team member, managing director and drama therapist, Rozanne Myburgh.
What’s one professional skill you’re currently working on?
I’ve recently been doing a lot of reading and online workshops on topics such as fundraising and social entrepreneurship. There is just so much to learn in this field!
Who has influenced you most when it comes to how you approach your work?
I’m really struggling to name just one person who influenced my approach to my work. In the arts therapy community, there are quite a few people who I follow because they inspire me.
What led you to this career?
This is actually a long story, I had a career in the media industry as a digital editor for a national magazine, but I always felt that something was missing. One day in a restaurant I overheard a conversation about a course in drama therapy starting through Drama for Life at the University of Witwatersrand. Luckily, I’m not shy, so I asked the random strangers for more information. I immediately applied and got accepted into the first cohort of drama therapy students trained in South Africa. I’ve never looked back. My passion is to practice my skills in community work and this is where I feel most happy.
What’s one thing that surprised you about working at Lefika La Phodiso?
The people that I met was the most surprising thing, from the amazing team that I work with every day, to the passionate and hardworking community art counsellors and the brave and resilient children from the inner-city of Johannesburg. I am continuously inspired by all of them.
What makes you happy? Angry?
I’m happy when I am involved with the arts in any way. When I run a group and it works well and participants responds.
I get angry at systemic injustice, poverty and the lack of visionary thinking when it comes to solutions.
What global or South African issues do you feel most passionate about?
For a while now I’ve been working on our how we can use our arts-based community-level programmes to assist in healing and working on the gender-based violence crisis facing South Africa. We need to go beyond dialogues and get to a place where we have evidence-based interventions that can proactively work towards breaking the cycles of violence and toxic patriarchy.
How are you dealing/coping with the lockdown and restrictions?
I have to be honest, I’m not always sure I’m coping so well with what people have called the new normal. I’ve started dancing in my living room and actively doing meditations to help with anxiety. I’ve also started to be conscious about the amount of news and social media I consume on a daily basis as this can add to increased anxiety.
What is the one thing that you’ve learned about yourself from Covid19?
I’ve learned the I can adapt and be innovative in the face of very difficult circumstances. I’ve also noticed that I need to be an active participant in my own self-care.
Read more about Rozanne Myburgh’s work as a drama therapist here.
See current workshops offered by Rozanne and others as part of our fundraising strategy.