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One of South Africa's most prolific leading playwrights, Mike van Graan has had a long-standing association with the performing arts.

Mike van Graan graduated from UCT with a BA Honours degree in Drama and a Higher Diploma in Education. He has served in leadership capacities in various cultural non-government organisations including Director of the Community Arts Project in Cape Town, National Projects Officer for the Congress of South African Writers in Johannesburg, Director of the Bartel Arts Trust (BAT) Centre in Durban, General Secretary of the National Arts Coalition and most recently as the General Secretary of the Performing Arts Network of South African (PANSA).

As a playwright, Van Graan won the Fleur du Cap award for Best New Script for his trilogy, Dinner Talk, in 1998 and in 2003, Green Man Flashing won the Jury Award for Best Script at the PANSA/UCT Drama School Festival of Reading of New Writing. It was nominated in the best new script for 2005 in both Gauteng's Naledi Theatre Awards and the Western Cape's Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards. Van Graan’s Mixed Metaphors has also earned him a Naledi Theatre Award nomination for Best New South African Play Produced in 2006 as well as a Fleur du Cap nomination in the same category.

Other works include Hostile Takeover, Jury runner-up at the PANSA Festival of Reading of New Writing 2004, Two to Tango and Some Mothers’ Sons, all products of the 2005 PANSA/NLDTF Festivals of Reading of New Writing.

In 2006, Van Graan attracted five commissions. The BBC World Service commissioned him to write a short a short play as one of seven African writers to mark the 50th anniversary of Ghanaian independence in 2007. The Market Theatre and Charles Diamond Foundation, UCT’s Drama School, the Aardklop Arts Festival and the Suidoosterfees have all commissioned Van Graan to write new plays for production in 2007/08.

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