Lereko Mfono is a multifaceted writer, performer and facilitator who honed his craft at the National School of the Arts and later studied Applied drama at Wits University-Drama for Life in Johannesburg.
Lereko has participated in various national and international writing projects, he was a Top 3 finalist in the Imbewu Scribe National Scriptwriting Competition in 2013, and internationally was selected into the ASSITEJ Inspiring a Generation programme that led him to travel to France, Paris in 2013 to develop self-penned Standard Bank Ovation award-winning play Narrative Dreams, which went on a national tour and was nominated for a Naledi Award.
He also travelled to USA, Washington DC, in 2016 after being selected to take part in The Kennedy Centre’s New Visions/New Voices Festival where his play, The Kids From Amandla Street, enjoyed its development and a staged reading.
He was selected as Artist-in-Residence by Ann-Arbor, Michigan based theatre company Spinning Dot theatre in 2017, where he presented talks on Playwriting at the University of Michigan and Northwestern University. The residency coincided with the international premiere of The Kids from Amandla Street.
Lereko has facilitated and taught Creative Arts in Correctional Centers, High Schools in and around South Africa and took part in the Department Of Arts and Culture’s Artist-In-Schools programme in 2015. He worked as a company storyteller in Gcina Mhlophe’s storytelling institute Zanendaba Storytellers and has written short stories that are published online on naanelemoya.wordpress.
Lereko Mfono is selected as part of the 2019 Mail and Guardian’s 200 Young South Africans.