Brett Bailey is a South African playwright, designer, director, installation maker and the artistic director of the performance company THIRD WORLD BUNFIGHT.
His iconoclastic works, which interrogate the dynamics of the post-colonial world, include the musical dramas BIG DADA, IPI ZOMBI?, iMUMBO JUMBO and ORFEUS, a radical reworking of Verdi’s MACBETH, and the performance installation, EXHIBIT B.
He has worked throughout South Africa, in several African and European countries, and in the UK. His works have played across Europe, Australia, Africa and Latin America, and have won several awards, including a gold medal for design at the Prague Quadrennial (2007).
He headed the jury of the Prague Quadrennial in 2011, is a member of the artistic committee of South Africa’s National Arts Festival, and is this year for the second time a juror of the International Theatre Institute’s ‘Music Theatre Now’ competition. From 2008-2011 he was curator of South Africa’s only public arts festival, ‘Infecting the City’, in Cape Town. In 2014 he wrote the International Theatre Institute’s World Theatre Day message for UNESCO.
He completed his post-graduate diploma at Das Arts in Amsterdam (2004).
He directed the opening show at the World Summit on Arts and Culture in Johannesburg (2009), and from 2006-2011 the opening shows at the Harare International Festival of the Arts.