Koleka Putuma is a Theatre Director, Writer, and Performance Poet based in Cape Town. Her plays include UHM (2014), Mbuzeni (2015/2016), plays for young audiences which include Ekhaya for 2-7 year olds and SCOOP, the first South African play for 2 weeks-12month old babies. She was nominated for the Rosalie van der Gucht Prize for Best New Directors at the annual Fleur Du Cap Theatre Awards (2015). She has been named one of the young pioneers who took South Africa by storm in 2015 by The Sunday Times. She has recently been awarded the Pen Student Writing Prize for her poem: Water. She is a resident poet and creative director of spoken word collective Lingua Franca and Co-Founder of a theatre company called The Papercut Collective.