Nomakhwezi Becker is a multidisciplinary artist, her work being expressed through performance, theatre and short story writing, poetry, theatre workshop facilitation and arts administration. Born in Johannesburg to a German – South African artist couple, Becker was raised with a love and respect for all kinds of artforms across cultures and continents. Having taking her first steps on stage, she likes to believe it was a sign that this would be her home. She began her career in a children’s TV series at the age of 12 and with this her journey in the arts continued on to her studies in Drama & Performance Studies at UKZN, Here he work was professionally honed and focused on theatre, from which she has expanded to write for the stage as well as act in theatre and later film for various audiences, from the very young and onward. She has since been awarded an Ovation Fringe-Award at NAF 2019 for a collaborative theatre piece alongside Nomcebisi Moyikwa, When Coasts Meet and she was nominated at the Simon Sabela Film & Television Awards 2020 for Best Newcomer Actress. Becker’s poetry has led her to local and international platforms such as Poetry Africa, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, Funda Fest in Rhode Island, Quay Words (UK) and MODHAFEST 2020. Becker has especially enjoyed sharing what she has learnt so far on her journey through performance and creative writing workshops she runs at schools, youth festivals and youth programmes.
Becker’s work often focuses on her experience of finding and reclaiming home in the in-between space as a mixed-race and transnational woman. She continues to grow and explore her creative voice as she continues to engage collaborations such as with the UJ Playwright’s Incubator which has led to Waiting for Lift Off, her most recent piece, currently being prepared for podcast production. Becker lives in Durban and amidst her creative projects she works alongside her mother in the Gcinamasiko Arts & Heritage Trust to preserve heritage & oral history and promote arts in education.