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Hi, I'm Colin

I enjoy wearing multiple hats as a facilitator, storyteller, design thinker, applied theatre practitioner, embodiment coach and entrepreneur.

 

With a playful curiosity, I explore the hybrid intersection of the above, related disciplines and seek opportunities to creatively synthesise these different strands of thought and practice. 

I support individuals and teams to cultivate expanded perspectives and approaches to problem-solving through creative learning experiences.  

A Transition Story

 

In the midst of registering for a master's degree, a life-altering call to my partner, Nicole, changed everything. Learning she was pregnant shifted my priorities, bringing uncertainties about supporting a family as a theatre-maker. Having just returned to South Africa after 14 years abroad, financial insecurities loomed.

 

Determined, I navigated this challenge, and three significant events unfolded during my master's journey.

Firstly, Nicole and I became entrepreneurs, launching SoyLites—a successful natural products business, providing the resources for creative pursuits. Secondly, my focus in theatre shifted to applying its principles in organizational contexts. Facilitating creative journeys for individuals and teams became a passion.

 

Lastly, the greatest adventure began with the birth of our daughter, Jazmin. This transition, marked by unexpected turns, led to newfound perspectives and successful ventures.

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More About Colin

Colin's unique journey spans 14 years in Norway, extensive travel, and 15 years back in South Africa. Rooted in anthropological theater and cultural performance, his exploration led him to storytelling, design thinking, and embodiment.

 

As a storytelling facilitator, he enhances strategic storytelling capabilities, emphasizing the body as a storytelling instrument. Colin bridges the mind-body gap, leveraging neuroscience for enriched thinking, collaboration, and innovation.

With six years of experience as a design thinking trainer, including collaboration with DesignThinkers Group globally, Colin incorporates storytelling and embodied theater for enhanced empathy, creativity, and problem-solving. Proficient in online workshop design, he navigates virtual spaces skillfully, ensuring an intimate and engaging experience for participants.

In 2021, Colin delivered a TEDx talk in Meunster, Germany, sharing his creative journey in theater. He contributed to the vibrant Wednesday Web Jam online learning community during the pandemic. Colin currently resides in Johannesburg with his partner Nicole and daughter, Jazmin.

 

Clients Colin has worked with include:

Standard Bank, FNB, Barloworld, USAID, African Bank, Momentum, Henley Business School, Old Mutual, Royal Dutch Embassy Maputo, Adidas, Multichoice, Civicus, GITZ, Deloitte, E&Y, DesignThinkers Agency, Airbus Europe, Joint Prosperity, Telesure and DTANZ. 

 

Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in Dramatic Art (MADA with distinction) from Wits University, Johannesburg (2008).

  • Honours degree in Comparative Politics (CandMag) from the University of Bergen, Norway (1999).

  • BSocSci Degree from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal in Dramatic Art and Industrial Psychology (1994).

Trainings:

  • Ontological Coaching & Leadership in Action training, Newfield Institute (2021).

  • Body=Brain course in Neurobiology through Embright and led by Dr. Amanda Blake (2021).

  • Certified Embodiment Coach with Embodiment Unlimited, (2020).

  • International Certificate of Competence in Design Thinking, accredited through DesignThinkers Group, Amsterdam, (2018). 

  • Certificate in Design Thinking Facilitation, DTGSA, Cape Town (2016)

  • Playback Theatre Training through Drama For Life, Wits School of Arts, 2023

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