Lesedi Job is a Johannesburg based South African Theatre actress and director.
She obtained her BA (Hons) degree in Dramatic Arts from the University of Witwatersrand and has been working professionally in theatre for the past 11 years.
2008 marked her professional theatre debut as an actress in Wole Soyinka’s the Lion and the jewel directed by James Ngcobo and since then has been directed by James in Touch my Blood, George C Wolfe’s Colored Museum, Ketekang, Letters to Mandela, I almost remember: a tribute to Maya and Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun for which she received a Naledi Theatre Award nomination for her role as Ruth Younger.
In 2013 she starred in Curl up and Dye directed by Sue Pam Grant. In 2014 she starred in Lara Foot’s Fisher’s of Hope which went on to be performed at the Wiener Festwochen in Vienna and the Internationale Schillertage in Germany and she received a Naledi Theatre Award nomination for best performance by a leading actress for her role.
In 2017 Lesedi performed excerpts from A Raisin in the Sun at Georgetown University in Washington DC as part of World Theatre Day alongside actors from Sweden and the USA. Later in the year she starred in a new South African play, If we Dig directed by Megan Wilson.
In 2016 Lesedi had the opportunity of receiving mentorship and assisting British director Adrian Noble in Toronto as part of a workshop of a new Musical Sousatzka. 2017 marked Lesedi’s directorial debut with the premier of Mike Van Graan’s When Swallows Cry staged at the Market Theatre and won Naledi theatre awards for Best Production and Best new South African Script. When Swallows Cry has gone on to be performed at in Cape town, Grahamstown, Sweden, Switzerland, Ethiopia, Kampala International Theatre Festival in Uganda and the Moving Worlds: International forum on theatre and migration in China.
In the same year of Lesedi’s directorial debut she directed Itsoseng also staged at the Market Theatre and later in the year as part of the Grahamstown National Arts Festival she directed another play written by Mike Van Graan; Helen of Troyeville.
In 2018 she directed Zinnie Harris’ Meet me at Dawn starring Pamela Nomvete and Natasha Sutherland. Later in the year she directed Congo The Trial of King Leopold ii, starring Dr John Kani and Robert Whitehead. 2019 has started with Lesedi co-producing and directing Brutal Legacy. Written for stage by Natasha Sutherland Brutal Legacy is an adaption of Tracy Going’s book of the same title, about Tracy’s survival of a horrific cycle of violence in her life.
Lesedi is the 4th recipient of the Sophie Mgcina Emerging Voice Award. In 2018 she won the Naledi theatre Award for Best Director for her direction of When Swallows Cry and received a Mbokodo Women in Arts Award for Theatre. She recently received a Fleur du Cap nomination for Best New Director.