- A local actor recently shared his amazing journey from the streets to the stage
- Michael Mazibuko found himself on the streets when his father kicked him out of home as a teenager
- Despite his difficult past, Michael managed to join a theatre troupe and transform his life
Michael Mazibuko is a South African actor with an amazing life story that is bound to inspire many across the world.
When he was a teenage, Michael was kicked out of home by his father, who disagreed with Michael’s decision to leave school.
According to Beautiful News South Africa, Michael spent a long time shivering on the streets, feeling invisible.
Thanks to a theatre troupe called Johannesburg Awakening Minds (JAM), Michael was able to get off the streets and find his passion.
“When I had no place to go, the theatre welcomed me with open curtains,” Michael explained.
JAM was founded by award-winning actress, Dorothy Ann Gould, who uses the platform to uplift, upskill and inspire homeless persons.
“We all have stories to tell … Having this place allows us to feel seen, heard, and provides a fresh start,” Michael said.
While JAM started out as a theatre troupe, the group has now branched out to the silver screen.
Many of those who have found a voice through JAM have been able to act on various TV shows and short films as extras, including hit SA soape, Generations, Briefly.co.za discovered.
To find out more about Michael and the work at JAM, watch here:
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