Sinethemba Makanya

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Sinethemba Makanya is a Fulbright Alumnus who completed her MA in drama therapy at New York University. She is a Mellon Foundation and Centre of Excellence in Human Development scholar who is currently reading for her PhD in Medical Humanities and Psychology at the Wits Institute of Social and Economic Research (WiSER). The working title for her PhD is 'Ukugula Kwabantu: A study of Traditional Healers’ constructions of Mental Health.’ A study helping her think through how psychology can integrate with ubunyanga (‘traditional healing’) to offer integrated approaches to (mental) healing.

She has worked as an applied drama facilitator at Themba Interactive, an organisation that utilises applied drama and participatory methods to tackle complex issues related to HIV and AIDS within correctional centres, with orphaned and vulnerable children as well as their caregivers, high school students and their teachers.

Sinethemba has lectured in Acting, Theatre in Education and Drama in Education at the University of Pretoria as well as Applied Drama and Dramatherapy and acted as research supervisor at Drama for Life at Wits University. Sinethemba has worked with the Institut fur Theatertherapie in Berlin giving workshops and masterclasses based on her integration of ubunyanga and drama therapy.

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