Jefferson Bobs Tshabalala is the Standard Bank Young Artist for Theatre, and founder and co-owner of the Johannesburg based live arts production house, Kiri Pink Nob Arts (Pty) Ltd. This company produces straight plays, sketch comedy shows, poetry in performance productions and slams, stand-up comedy shows, and variety bill performance events (music, readings, games, symposiums, etc). Recently, Tshabalala has started producing game shows for the stage and screen. He also works as a corporate facilitator, a performance trainer, a dramatic arts teacher, and as a dramaturge.
For his new forays in the film and fashion space, he has recently opened a new business, Ub’Dope Shishini (Pty) Ltd. This business is divided into two units – “Ub’Dope Designs” and “La Seen Pha Shishini”. Ub’Dope Designs (Live. Screen. Music). La Seen Pha Shishini (Fashion. Lifestyle. Culture).
Kiri Pink Nob - Managing and Creative Director
2008 - PRESENT
Kiri Pink Nob produces straight plays, sketch comedy shows, poetry in performance productions and slams, stand-up comedy shows, and variety bill performance events (music, readings, game shows, symposiums, etc).
Ub'Dope Shishini - Managing and Creative Director
2019 - PRESENT
Focused on fashion and film, Ub'Dope Shishini is divided into two units – “Ub’Dope Designs” and “La Seen Pha Shishini”. Ub’Dope Designs (Live. Screen. Music). La Seen Pha Shishini (Fashion. Lifestyle. Culture).
Awards Tshabalala creates works across varied fields, ranging from Orthodox Drama to Hip Hop Theatre, and was nominated at the 2014 Naledi Theatre Awards for the Best Emerging Voice award, and in 2015 his production of “Secret Ballot” was nominated at the Naledi Theatre Awards for Best Ensemble Production. In 2017, he won 2 awards at the Cape Town Fringe Festival (Freshest Show and Spirit of Fringe Awards), and in 2018, he scooped the Gold Ovation Award at the National Arts Festival (all for “Off The Record” – A Live Game Show Format).
Market Theatre (2014)
A4 (2017 & 2019) Stellenbosch (2020)
Ub’Dope Shishini at the Market Theatre (2019-Present)
As an independent theatre producer, Tshabalala has etched a unique niche for himself as both a professional director, and an experimental creative, striking a fine balance in order to cater for both an emerging, and an established market. His dexterity has also seen him work in various capacities, as a writer, director and also as a performer. At Kiri Pink Nob, he works as the co-Managing Director, and at Ub’Dope Designs – he is the Creative Director.
To decipher Tshabalala’s creative output, one must be familiar with three terms or ideas:
1) Ub’Dope: Of superior quality. The finest calibre of consummate dedication to craft. 2) Wacketry: Referring to atrocious quality. A horrendous neglect of discipline and excellence. 3) Sketching Hard: A blend of Dope meeting Wack. Superior Quality for Populist Appeal.