Mike van Graan is the President of the African Cultural Policy Network and an award-winning playwright with 34 plays under his belt.

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About Me

Mike van Graan is the President of the African Cultural Policy Network and an award-winning playwright with 34 plays under his belt.

He is currently an artist-in-residence at the University of Pretoria where he was conferred with an honorary doctorate in 2018 in recognition of his cultural activism and creative work.

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National Arts Festival and Distell Playwriting Competition

I was invited to chair the panel of judges to select the English winner of the National Arts Festival and Distell Playwriting competition

Dec 03, 2019

Book on South African Theatre published

Forays into Contemporary South African Theatre: Devising New Stage Idioms edited by Father and Daughter

Dec 03, 2019

Herschel Girls School hosts Nancy Sekhokoane

He Had it Coming plays at Herschel

Dec 02, 2019


“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