Mike van Graan is an award-winning playwright with 36 plays under his belt. He is the Coordinator of the Sustaining Theatre and Dance (STAND) Foundation and serves as a Trustee of the Denis Goldberg House of Hope. Mike also helps to programme and facilitate the Atelier for Festival Managers..

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About Me

Mike van Graan is an award-winning playwright with 36 plays under his belt. He is the Coordinator of the Sustaining Theatre and Dance (STAND) Foundation and serves as a Trustee of the Denis Goldberg House of Hope. Mike also helps to programme and facilitate the Atelier for Festival Managers..

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Double Bill ends at Theatre on the Square

After a three-week run, my two new shows written during the COVID pandemic, come to an end.

Jun 11, 2022

Atelier for Young Festival Managers in Montreal

Festival TransAmerique and the Festival Academy co-hosted a training programme from 1-7 June, which I facilitated

Jun 07, 2022

Double Bill opens at Theatre on the Square

Two new shows premiere in Joburg

May 24, 2022

Reviews

“Mike van Graan has deservedly gained a reputation as our leading contemporary political playwright – or if that seems too bald and simplistic a statement, as a playwright who is not afraid to tackle head-on the issues that confront us in the “new” South Africa.”

— - Rob Gaylard
South African Theatre Journal, January 2012

“Van Graan is a patriotic and committed democrat who has through his playwriting extended his cultural and civil society activism into any number of societal problems challenging the country, its people and its fledgling democracy.”

— - Brent Meersman
The Methuen Guide of Contemporary South African Theatre, 2015

“In taking the decision to present Mike van Graan with the award the Board stressed both his impressive literary work, his important role in shaping and monitoring post-apartheid cultural policies and his policy, advocacy and capacity-building work in the field of culture and its contribution to development, human rights and peace in Africa.”

— - The Edita and Ira Morris Hiroshima Foundation
for Peace and Culture on presenting the 2018 Hiroshima Prize to Mike

“It takes a certain degree of fearlessness to be an excellent playwright….Right now, South Africa’s most controversial topic is land expropriation and Mike van Graan wades right into these murky waters with his latest satire, Land Acts. I love the way Van Graan’s extraordinarily sharp brain links several subjects together and knocks you for a six with the punchlines.”

— - Lesley Stones
Daily Maverick, May 2018

“Van Graan is one of South Africa’s most prominent, provocative and celebrated playwrights and the recipient of numerous national and international awards and accolades which bear testimony not only to theatre but to his broader contribution to the cultural landscape as well.”

— - University of Pretoria News
on Mike receiving an honorary Doctor of Philosophy Degree from the Faculty of Humanities in April 2018