Last Updated on September 8, 2018 by mybiohub
Nondumiso Tembe was born in Durban, South Africa. She is a South African multi-award winning actress, singer-songwriter and a dancer. Raised in New York City, where her parents were the first black South Africans to study Music at the prestigious Juilliard School, Tembe is the daughter of two groundbreaking, world-renowned Opera singers but has forged a unique and extraordinary path of her own.
She began performing in opera and theatre around the age of 6. Being the daughter of two opera singers, she describes herself as having “grown up in the wings. When she was 10, her family returned home to South Africa at the end of Apartheid. At 17 she returned to the Big Apple on her own, to study Musical Theatre at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy.
New York’s New School University – Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre and Political Science with a focus on Africa.
Masters of Fine Arts in Acting from the Yale School of Drama.
Nondumiso also spent a summer studying classical theatre at the British American Dramatic Academy at Oxford University in England and has studied Ballet and African dance at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre and Djoniba African Dance and Drum Center in New York City
Nondumiso released her debut album IZWI LAMI; My Voice, and also Boston Court Theatre’s production of the new African musical Witness Uganda in Los Angeles, in which she portrays a ferocious Ugandan woman who runs an orphanage in January 2011.