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Simangele Mabena

PhD Student


Department of Language and Literacy Education

Faculty of Education

Simangele Mabena first encountered Research-Based Theatre (RBT) while studying her Masters in Dramatic Arts in Johannesburg, South Africa. From thereon, she was interested in the intersection of Research-Based Theatre and Deaf Studies, particularly in exploring the pedagogical practices between Deaf and hearing teachers in Deaf education, which is the focus on her PhD studies. Simangele aims to use  RBT as a form of inquiry to ultimately benefit key stakeholders in inclusive education with disabled teachers and students. Through her involvement in the RBT Collaborative, she has understaken the roles of performer-researcher, facilitator and graduate research assistant. 

Simangele also enjoys having tea with friends, dancing and enjoying films from around the world.