Ongezwa Mbele is a poet, storyteller, theatre-maker and researcher. She is currently a Drama and Performance lecturer at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and a PhD candidate at the University of Cape Town.

Her theatre, poetry and storytelling abilities and ventures are centred in working with young people and children through collaboration with various community members and practitioners. She predominantly tells indigenous stories to children and adults who are interested in stories. She has facilitated theatre programmes/projects with young people and incarcerated people.

For her Phd research, she intends to analyse the representation of violence on stage done by township youth theatre makers as a means of building and archiving the theatre and storytelling performance efforts in the margins of South Africa