Pumelela Nqelenga is a Phd Candidate and a lecturer at the Centre for Theatre, Dance & Performance Studies at the University of Cape Town. She graduated from the university that is currently known as Rhodes University in Makhanda, Eastern Cape 2015. Nqelenga graduated with a Masters in Drama (Contemporary Performance) with Distinction.
Nqelenga has an interest in Ritual Studies, Site-Specific Performance and the role of the Black Body in Performance. She has created lecture series both at Rhodes University and the University Of KwaZulu Natal on the use of Oral Poetry in South African Contemporary Theatre and the Black Female Body in Performance.
Ms Nqelenga is an interdisciplinary practitioner who has been performing since 2008 in productions ranging from professional work that has been performed in award winning productions in festivals around the country and the globe.