MotherTongue People


Sara Matchett - Artistic Director and Co-founder

Sara holds a PhD in Theatre and Performance from the University of Cape Town. She is a senior lecturer in the Department of Drama at UCT. Her teaching profile centres on practical and academic courses which include, voice, acting, theatre-making, applied drama/theatre, and performance analysis. She is especially interested in interdisciplinary modes of creating. Her research focuses on explorations into breath as a catalyst for making autobiographical performance, with particular focus on the relationship between breath, emotion and image. As co-founder and Artistic Director of The Mothertongue Project, a women’s arts collective, Sara has experience in the field of theatre in South Africa, Singapore, India, Kenya and Indonesia as a theatre-maker, performer, director and facilitator. Sara is also an Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework®.


Rehane Abrahams - Co-Founder

Rehane Abrahams is a South African actor, writer and director and theatremaker from Cape Town. She graduated from the UCT Drama School and has worked on stage, in film and television in her native Cape Town as well as in the UK and USA. Rehane has recently moved back to South Africa from Indonesia where she produced and directed a theatre company, theatre firefly. After many years making theatre as well as directing and choreographing, she is looking forward to returning to her first love, acting. Rehane is a Director on TMP’s Board and co-founder of The Mothertongue Project.


Makgathi Mokwena - Programmes Director

Makgathi is a qualified dance/movement therapist with an Honours Degree in Speech and Drama from Rhodes; a Masters in Dance Movement Therapy from Antioch University (USA) and a Doctorate in Psychology from the Rand Afrikaans University (RAU). She is a registered expressive arts therapist with the Health Professional Board of South Africa. Her passion lies in facilitating healing and transformational processes with individuals and groups. Her interests include issues related to gender, spirituality, race and the arts. She is a published author, an experienced facilitator in the field of leadership development, presentation skills and personal excellence. In 2010 Makgathi re-entered the theatre world and performed in Washa Mollo at the National Arts Festival in June/July 2010. She enjoys dancing, cooking, reading, yoga, running, Shiraz and vegetable gardening.