Amy Jephta is from Cape Town, South Africa and works variously as a filmmaker, playwright, screenwriter, director and academic.

An alumni of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab in New York, Amy has worked as a mentor to community-based theatre groups as part of the Twist Theatre project, has been a voice and acting lecturer at CityVarsity in Cape Town and the Woodward School for Contemporary Art in Vancouver and an invited lecturer at Queens College, New York. As a playwright, her work has been published in South Africa, performed at the Fugard Theatre in Cape Town, the Riksteatern in Stockholm, and at the Bush Theatre, Theatre 503 and the Jermyn Street Theatres in London. In 2015 and 2017, her writing was directed by Danny Boyle and performed by James McAvoy as part of The Children’s Monologues at the Royal Court, London and at Carnegie Hall, New York.

As a screenwriter, Amy has three feature film credits to her name including the biopic Ellen, which premiered at the Rotterdam International Film Festival in 2018 and finished in the Top 20 Audience Choice. Ellen has been selected for the Afrykamera (Poland) and Seattle International Film Festivals. She’s also currently staffed as a writer on several upcoming TV series and was selected for a producer training residency on the HBO series Warrior. Her most recent film, Soldaat, won the Best Script and Best Short Film categories at South Africa’s 2017 Silwerskermfees.

Her outreach work includes serving as chairperson for Women Playwrights International (WPI), a global NPO that aims to create opportunities and space for women playwrights and currently operates in over 40 territories worldwide. She sits on the advisory panel for CASA, an annual award for women playwrights that facilitates connections between writers in Canada and South Africa. In 2015, she co-founded the African Women Playwrights Network, a two year digital networking project funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council. She has edited a collection of contemporary plays by African women for Methuen, due for release in 2019, and facilitates a mentorship project for emerging female playwrights at the Baxter Theatre in Cape Town.

Amy has been named as one of the Mail & Guardian’s ‘200 Top Young South Africans’. She is also the 2017 recipient of the national Eugene Maraisprys for Drama for her play Kristalvlakte and has been named by Destiny Magazine as part of their ‘Power of 40’ list. A former lecturer at the University of Cape Town, Amy now runs PaperJet Productions, of which she is a co-founder.

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