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Professional Summary
Singer-Songwriter/Voice Over Artist/Music Composer specialising in Contemporary, Pacific World and Childrens' Music Genres, with years of recording and performing experience in NZ, USA, Europe and China.
  • Original songwriter
  • Keyboard/ Pianist
  • Military band background
  • Dance background
  • Dedicated
  • Focused
  • Flexible
  • Versatile
Work History
Songwriter June 2002 to Current
Experienced Songwriter/Voice Over/Recording Artist for Kahu Records, Stebbing Records, Warners Bros, RVersion Records in NZ and the USA.
Radio Presenter/Trainee Journalist March 2006 to July 2008
Pacific Media Network- NiuFM/531 PI- Auckland, NZ.
Radio Presenter for "PI TIME" Show with Co Host 'Popoman' (Jeremy Curry), "Namoa ma'ae to'utupu Tonga" Tongan Community Language Programme and Trainee Journalist, including coverage for HM King Tupou IV State Funeral, Kingdom of Tonga.
MC at various promotional gigs.
NZ Representative. June 2009 to June 2013
Ministry of Tourism, Kingdom of Tonga
Marketing, Sales/Promotion, Including organising Travel Famils, Tongan Holiday Travel Packages with AirNZ and Virgin Australia Airlines, Representing Tonga at International Tourism Roadshows in the USA, Tourism Expos ie- 'PAICE', 'Flight Centre', 'Bula' Fiji, 'NZ Boat Shows', 'Tourism Trade Expo at The Cloud at the 2011 RWC', NZ.
"Happy Hapy Tonga", was Tonga's official Tourism Song for the 2011 RWC Tourism Campaign which I composed.
Dancer March 1995 to 2000
The Kingdom of Tonga Cultural Group - NZ
Represented Tonga at the European CHOGM Folklore Festivals-
Italy Tour, France & Spain Tour, Czech Republic & Slovakia Tour
Baradene College of the Sacred Heart 2001 Remuera, Auckland, NZ- Deputy Head Girl
High School Diploma: Bursary Certificates- Music, History, Classics, English, German
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Creative Producer for broadcast, live, web-based, immersive, participatory and interactive visual and performance arts media as vehicles for social change.
Skill Highlights
  • Casting & Television and Video Direction;
  • Effective Internal & External Communication Style;
  • Political & Diplomatic Analyst;
  • Marketing, Branding;
  • Cultural Competency in Arabic, French, Russian;
  • Media Law & Deal Memo's;
  • Camerawoman & Editor
  • Production Planning & Broadcast Management;
  • Story Producer & Script Writer;
  • Strategic Planning & Policy Evaluation;
  • Grant Writing, Budgeting & Forecasting; 
  • Journalist & Cultural Critic;
  • Voiceover Talent & Motivational Speaker.
MFA Film and Digital Technology 2009 Chatham University Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Thesis: Emerging Media, Cultural Citizenry, and The Internet. 

MA Performance Studies 2005 Tisch School of the Arts, New York University New York, New York, USA

Thesis: Kuomboka a Hybridization of Genres. 

MA Producing Film and Video 1998 American University, School of Communication Washington, District of Columbia, USA

Thesis: Earth Watch, proposal for weekly environmental television series. 

BA Honors Acting 1986 Guildhall School of Music and Drama London, England

Final: Bernstein Mass, Jazz Singer, Barbican Centre, Directed by Leonard Bernstein, Bill Bryden and John Mauceri.

Relevant Professional Experience
Producer Writer Director Performer Sep 2017 to Current
La Cupula/ global posse productions, inc. Merida, Mexico Wade in the Water, devised hybrid ritual drama using auto-ethnography with participatory spect-actorship, digital interactivity and live music to animate the archive of Barotseland. Currently in artist residency in the Yucatan, Mexico. First Reading at Kelly Strayhorn Theatre.
Producer Jun 2016 to Current
global posse productions, inc. Pittsburgh, Pa “Our Rhythm Documentary” is a documentary about 7 musicians in 7 countries who are marginalized due to social conflict.
Songwriter Producer Jun 2015 to Current
Hodge Studios/ global posse productions,inc. Houston, Texas Stand Your Ground single with Cristo, Chen Lo, and introducing Victor Kivuva on the mixtape album Two and 1/2 Years: A Celebration of the Spirit of Juneteenth.
Writer, Director, Producer Feb 2015 to Current
global posse productions, inc./Trioscuri Madrid, Spain

Participatory and interactive hybrid performance currently touring.

Story Producer Jun 2014 to Jan 2015
All Access Entertainment/globalposse productions,inc. Port of Spain, Trinidad

Coordinating and writing pilot, tease, and eight episodes of Fit Camp Caribbean, Reality Television Competition Show highlighting the diabetes-obesity crisis in Trinidad and Tobago. 

Writer, Producer, Director Oct 2013 to Dec 2017
Wade in the Water Heinz, PGH Found., Leggoreta Hernandez Fundacion/global posse productions, inc. Pittsburgh, PA Conceived, wrote, directed and produced Wade in the Water/Kuomboka a live hybrid participatory and interactive digital oratorio with Yucatan, Mexico visual and performing artists. 
Strategic Planner Jan 2012 to Feb 2013
Friends of Hopital Albert Schweitzer Deschapelles, Haiti

Developed strategic plan for three years with new media based tools.

Strategic Planning Consultant Jan 2011 to May 2011
Program to Aid Citizen Enterprise PACE Pittsburgh, PA

Identified lifecycle of organization, facilitated qualitative and quantitative assessments, training, proposals for interim support grants, coaching and monitoring to nonprofits. 

Strategic Planner Oct 2010 to Jun 2011
African American Music Institute AAMI Pittsburgh, PA

Lead strategic planner to identify areas of need to strengthen the capacity of the arts organization and identify organizational life-cycle placement through data collection, focus groups, cultural scans, market research, surveys, tracking trends and identifying best practices.

Producer May 2010 to Jan 2012
US State Department/Lincoln Center New York, New York

Lead producer Chen Lo hip hop artist for press, branding, tour management, negotiating terms for national and international engagements for State Department funded program Jazz at the Lincoln Center, Rhythm Road Tour of North Africa and the Middle East including Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Lebanon, Oman and UAE. Featured on CBS Sunday Morning, July 4, 2010 and Indepth, AlJazeera.

Principal, Franchisee Sep 2009 to Jan 2012
HOG Drama Academy/Aardvark Casting Windhoek, Namibia

Franchisee for daily classes in dance drama, voice and speech, and acting for children and youth focusing on building confidence and self esteem in association with Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, Namibia and Waldorf School, Namibia.

Writer, Director, Producer, Editor Jan 2009 to Jan 2011
American Evaluation Association/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Pittsburgh, PA

Program Policy Research initiative with the American Evaluation Association, (AEA). 

Talent Sep 2007 to Sep 2007
Women in Film and Media Pittsburgh, PA

Campaign and PSA for Women and Girls Foundation for gender equity for women to advance the industry and have equal pay directed by Melissa Martin.

Live Event Producer Nov 2006 to Aug 2007
Umoja Pittsburgh, PA

Annual African Arts Festival dedicated to the promotion and appreciation of African and African Diaspora visual and performance arts forms attracting over 5,000 visitors.

Playwriting Facilitator Jan 2000 to May 2000
City Theatre Pittsburgh, PA

Pittsburgh Young Playwrights Festival, a year-long program to encourage literacy through playwriting at Carrick Middle School and Gateway Middle School for over two-hundred youth culminating in performances at City Theatre in association with the Grable Foundation.

Producer, Director Mar 1999 to Mar 2000
Pittsburgh City Theatre Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Double bill of one act plays from South Africa And the Girls in their Sunday Dresses (Mda) and The Island (Kani, Fugard, Ntshona), in partnership with The Hamburg Partner Program, Pittsburgh City Theatre, with special arrangement with Actors Equity Association, Dramatic, Artistic and Literary Organization (DALRO) (South Africa) and Samuel French.

Director, Writer, Producer Jan 1995 to Aug 1995
City of Richmond, Boys and Girls Club of America, US Attorney General's Office Richmond, VA, USA

Innacity, one act play and documentary film as part of the federally funded Weed and Seed Community Revitalization Program for a six-week drama camp for youth focusing on poverty, drugs and violence prevention culminating in a live performance and cultural event for The Arthur Ashe Foundation, Virginia Hero's at the Hippolo Theatre. 

Associate Producer Jan 1995 to Jan 1996
Thirteen/WNET Educational Resources, PBS New York, New York, USA

Girls in the Middle, television documentary by Thirteen/WNET New York Educational Resources Center, broadcast on PBS and CPB affiliates nationally with the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and Research for Action. Coordinated all shoots, developed script and final edit.

Live Event Producer Jun 1994 to Sep 1994
Black Blanc Beur Windhoek, Namibia

Lead producer directing international and local crew for "Contrepied", major southern Africa tour of French contemporary hip-hop dance company whose live events are influenced by soccer culture.

Director, Writer, Producer, Editor Jan 1994 to May 1995
Namibian Broadcasting Corporation National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) Radio Windhoek, Namibia

Choices a five part radio drama series addressing teen pregnancy in Namibia in association with United Nations Information Centre (UNIC), Ministry of Health and Social Services (MHSS), the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) and the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC).  Broadcast April 20, 27, May 4, 11, 18, 1995.

Creative Director, Co-Producer Jul 1993 to Nov 1993
Lintas Namibia/Bank Windhoek Windhoek, Namibia

Bank Windhoek Solo, a regional southern African advertising campaign in the banking sector and developed products that included a qualitative research study on the habits and lifestyles of teenagers as well as casting, directing, styling and choreography for a music driven 26' video commercial to promote a bank card for youth.

Director, Producer, Host Feb 1993 to Feb 1994
Voice of America/United States Information Service Windhoek, Namibia

National Tour of original stage play called, I've been to the Mountaintop. Additional programming included live International Teleconference with the King Center for Non-Violence, Atlanta, USA with Yolanda King. 

Junior Lecturer Jan 1991 to Dec 1991
University of Namibia Windhoek, Namibia Directing, conducting and coordinating classes in Drama 1, three productions and instructional programs. Selected and managed material resources, developed and implemented curricular changes, coordinated visiting artists.
Assistant to Producer Jan 1990 to Nov 1990
National Public Radio/World Music Productions, inc Washington, DC

Afro-Pop, a 52 part African contemporary music series for broadcast to CPB affiliates.

Grants, Awards & Honors

Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Pittsburgh Creative Forces 12 People to Meet in 2017 

Recipient Advancing Black Arts Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation, 2016

Recipient The Heinz Endowments Small Arts Initiative Grant, 2016

Recipient TAZAMA Film Festival, Lifetime Achievement Award for Cry Freedom, 2016

Recipient Artist Opportunity Grant, Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council Grant, 2014

Nominee Carol R. Brown Emerging Artist/Established Artist Nominee, 2014

Recipient The A.W. Mellon Educational and Charitable Trust Fund Grant, 2014

Recipient Advancing Black Arts Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation, 2013

Artist-in-Residency Kelly Strayhorn Theater, 2013-17

Recipient of The Multicultural Arts Initiative (MCAI) Grants, 2004-2006

Miramax and Sundance Institute, South African Screenwriting Fellow (SCRAWL), 2002 

Recipient of Best of Pittsburgh Award for The Island, 2000

City of Pittsburgh Proclamation for Constant Star, 2000

Recipient The Heinz Endowments Grant, 2000

Recipient A.W. Mellon Educational and Charitable Trust Fund Grant, 2000

Pennsylvania Council for the Humanities Grant, 2000

Virginia Center for the Arts (VCCA) Fellow, 1

Virginia Hero, Arthur Ashe Foundation, Honoree, 1995

Martin Luther King Center for Non-Violence, Voice of America

and United States Information Services Grants (USIS),1

Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD), 1

French Mission for Cultural Cooperation Grants, 1

Franco Namibian Cultural Center Grants 1

Pauline Siddell Memorial Scholar Guildhall School of Music and Drama, 1984

Film, Theatre, Music, Papers

UPR Pre Sessions at the United Nations, Paper, Human Rights in Zambia, BNFA Barotseland, United Nations, Geneva, Switzerland, 2017

Makishi from Bie to Bahia, Cinema at the End of the World, Paper, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, 2016

King David, Witch of Endor, Bach Choir, Pittsburgh PA, 2015

Weighty Matters, The Playhouse Theatre, Director, Only in NYC short play and musical festival, New York City, 2014

In the Balance: Indigeneity, Performance, Globalization, Paper, Royal Holloway College, London University, London, 2013 

Wade in the Water, Kelly Strayhorn Theatre, Alloy Studio, Staged Reading, Pittsburgh, 2014

Afrikadaa Women Film Festival, Screening of MLK Dream and Wade in the Water, Lavoir Moderne Parisien, Paris, France 2013

Shakespeare's Heightened Language with Patsy Rodenburg, Level III, King Lear, Malcolm, Michael Howard Studios, New York, 2011

Wade in the Water/Kuomboka

, Screening and Lecture, African Studies Association, Annual Conference, Paper, San Francisco, 2009 

Dreamtime in BuLozi

, Mixed Media Performance, Norwegian Theatre Academy, Fredrikstad, Norway, 2006

I.D., Helen Daniels, dir. Karla Boos, Quantum Theatre, Pittsburgh, 2005

Slide Glide the Slippery Slope, Dell, dir, Mladen Kiselov, Carnegie Mellon University, School of Drama, Chosky Theatre, Pittsburgh, 2005

Carters Way, Marilyn Stokes, in staged reading, City Theatre, Pittsburgh, 2004

Momentum, Dot, in staged reading, City Theatre, Pittsburgh, 2004

Variations in America, Marion Anderson, First National Performing Arts Convention, Pittsburgh, 2004

Photography, Performativity and the Politics of a Colonial Encounter, King Lubosi Lewanika and Francois Coillard, 1, Paper, Association for Cultural Studies at Urbana Champaign, (Paper), 2004

Literacy and the Arts Conference, Keynote Speaker, Pennsylvania Writers Project and Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, 2003

The Exonerated, Artist, in staged reading in association with CAPA, Pittsburgh Opera, August Wilson Center and City Theatre, 2004

Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, Spectacles of Religiosity, 4th Annual Encuentro, Migrating Religiosity's, New York University, 2003

Pittsburgh Film Kitchen, Filmmaker, Screening, digital diary #1, Pittsburgh Filmmakers, Melwood Screening Room, 2003

Making a Good Script Great with Linda Segar, Delegate, Johannesburg, South Africa, 2002

Miramax (Weinstein Company), Sundance Institute, South African Screenwriters Lab (SCRAWL), Screenwriting Fellow, Mentors, Shawn Slovo, Vondie Curtis Hall, Colin Vaines, 2002

Sithengi, Southern African Film and Television Market, Cape Town, Pitching Finalist, Mentor, Julian Friedmann, 2002

Southern African Communications for Development (SACOD), Delegate, Johannesburg, South Africa, 2002

New York African Film Festival Traveling Series, Lecture on Kini and Adams,Carnegie Museum, Pittsburgh, 2000

A Midsummers Nights Dream, Titania/Hippolyta, dir. Karla Boos, Quantum Theatre, Pittsburgh 2000

The Island, Pittsburgh City Theatre, dir. Mukwae Wabei Siyolwe, 2000

Constant Star, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, dir. Tazewell Thompson, Pittsburgh City Theatre, 2000

On the Beach, Helen, dir. Ron Lindblom, Conservatory Pittsburgh Playhouse, 1999

Keepers of the Dream, Woman, dir. Jackie Moscow, City Theatre, Pittsburgh, 1999

FESPACO Pan African Film Festival, Delegate and Journalist, Ecrans d'Afrique,  1997

Third Development Theatre Festival, Workshop Facilitator, Ouagadougou, 1992

The Magic Carpet, Tortoise, dir.Steve Unwin, Royal National Theatre, Olivier Stage, London, 1990

Visitor to the Veldt, Karabo, dir.Alby James,Temba Touring Company, UK, 1990

King the Musical, Lily, dir, Clarke Peters, Piccadilly Theatre, London, 1990

Nuns on the Run, Julie, dir. Jonathan Lynn, Handmade Films, 1987

Crossing the Border, Pello, Scene BBC2 Television, 1987

To Kill a Mockingbird, Helen, School for Scandal, Maria, dir. John Adams, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, 1987

Cry Freedom, Tenjy, dir. Richard Attenborough, Universal, 1987

Mass, Jazz Singer, dirs. Leonard Bernstein, John Mauceri, Bill Bryden, Barbican Centre, London, 1986 


American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP)

National Press Photographers Association (NPPA)

British Equity

British Equity Collecting Society (BECS)

Actors Equity Association (AEA)

Gateway to the Arts, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust

Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council (GPAC)

NYU Alumni Association

American Alumni Association

Guildhall Alumni Association

Foxon Society, Moira House School

global posse productions, inc.


Through her diplomatic upbringing Wabei is an international girl with international interests. She is extremely well informed, so that, coupled with her buoyant and outgoing nature, there has developed a deep interest in, and concern for, the lot of mankind.

Adrian Underwood, Moira House School, Eastbourne

Wabei was without a doubt one of the most original and talented students I encountered. It is clear that her interest as a writer and producer have developed as much as her acting, and she cannot fail to make a major contributions wherever she goes.

Tony Church, Honorary Associate Artist, Royal Shakespeare Company

I have had several opportunities to witness the outstanding work Ms. Siyolwe has done as an actress, educator, director, and promoter. Her ability to encourage widespread participation in cultural events impressed me tremendously.

R.L Hofmeyr, Director of Arts, Ministry of Education and Culture, Namibia

Wabei directed the project through every stage of production from script writing, editing, cast of actors, rehearsals, recording and final control. In this process her experiences shared with the NBC personnel were very invaluable. The radio series ran for five weeks and was very successful judging from the unusually high number of phone calls from teenagers participating. Local newspaper reviews acclaimed it. Teenagers and parents asked for more. I have a great deal of respect for Wabei. She is an exceptional person, imbued with a passionate zeal for media and arts, honest and hardworking.

Hilifa Mbako, Head of Radio Services, Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC)

Thank God for Wabei! She not only cast the movie brilliantly, but she also turned the kids into polished hoofer's in just a few weeks. Her choreography looked spectacular because she has such an intimate knowledge of the film process and what looks good on camera.

Michael MacCarthy, Managing Director Movie Makers International, (PTY) Ltd.

Wabei knows current developments in broadcasting and media and sees the world from a unique lens and her pursuit of seeking authentic representations of culture will contribute to the scholarship of African artistic forms. She asked pertinent questions and is a dynamic speaker and performer with a clear idea of the role culture and politics plays in media representations.

Keyan Tomaselli, Center for Media and Cultural Studies, University of Natal, Durban, South Africa

Her range of talents as an artist and a scholar has continually impressed me. I wish her every opportunity to expand and grow.

Ronald Allan Lindblom, Vice President, Artistic Director, Conservatory of Performing Arts, Pittsburgh Playhouse, Point Park University

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Objective Summary

I am an ambitious graduate with a deep passion for music seeking a music curator position. I have a vast knowledge base in many different genres of music that include but aren't limited to: rock, blues, classical, country, and pop. My skill set not only includes a great knowledge of music artists, albums, and genres but I can also explain the roots and inspirations that lead to its creation and development. In addition, I can analyze music trends from the past and apply them to modern music statistics. Lastly, I am a highly organized, motivated musician familiar with the latest social media platforms with an aptitude for learning "what's trending" in the music industry.


Computer, Social Media, and Music Platforms:

  • Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest 
  • iTunes, Spotify, YouTube, Songkick, SoundCloud, ReverbNation, Bandsintown Manager, CD Baby, Bandcamp, Rednote
  • GarageBand and Logic Pro X
  • Microsoft Word and Excel
  • iMovie
  • Photoshop Elements 8-13
  • Adobe After Effects
  • Microsoft OneNote, PowerPoint
  • Keynote
  • Google: Slides, Docs, Sheets, Drive, Analytics, Play

Instruments Played:

  • Guitar - 9 Years
  • Bass - 7 Years
  • Keyboard - 6 Years
  • Banjo - 5 Years
  • Mandolin - 4 Years
  • Vocals - 3 Years
  • Drums - 2 Years
Work History
Founder, Manager, Lead Singer, Songwriter and Composer 08/2014 to Current
Half Past Dead Glen Allen, VA

Half Past Dead is a six-piece American rock-and-roll band. The band's music is a combination of rock, metal, and punk that echoes a 70's and 80's influence. Half Past Dead has opened for national and international touring acts such as: Vampires Everywhere, The Relapse Symphony, One-Eyed Doll, Wednesday 13, and most recently, Doyle from the Misfits. The band has also headlined its own shows as well.

  • Wrote, composed, and recorded six original songs for Half Past Dead's self-titled EP. Registered and received standard copyright licenses for its original lyrics and songs. Also, registered and received a sound recording copyright for the EP and the album's music composition and arrangement through the U.S. Copyright Office.
  • Designed Half Past Dead's two iconic logos. Produced banners and signage to create Half Past Dead brand awareness at venues. Continue to create and produce products for the merchandise table to include: t-shirts, posters, wristbands, buttons, stickers and more.
  • Additional managerial functions include: Audition band talent, book gigs at venues, organize practice schedules, and manage band finances.
  • Promoted in Stencil Magazine, September 2016, Issue 39 as an emerging artist. ReverbNation ranked Half Past Dead #9 local band in Richmond, VA, #14 regionally, May 2017. GigMasters ranked Half Past Dead as #10 top rock band in Virginia, March 2016.

eCommerce Click List Associate - Part-Time 04/2017 to Current
Kroger Stores Henrico, VA
  • Prepare and deliver online orders that exceed customer expectations for ease of shopping, variety and, above all, freshness. Maintain and process orders through state-of-the-art systems and deliver products to customers' cars quickly and efficiently and provide excellent customer service.
  • Scan and bag products to fulfill customers' online orders while paying particular attention to specific customer instructions. Ensure quality and freshness of all items while meeting and exceeding timeliness and efficiency standards.
  • Perform required opening and closing procedures. Troubleshoot and maintain eCommerce equipment and ensure staging areas are clean and organized.

Rising Freshman: B.A. Music Business and B.A. Popular Music 2021 Catawba College - Salisbury, NC
  • Recipient of Catawba Presidential Academic Scholarship
  • Recipient of Catawba Music Scholarship
High School Diploma: 2017 Deep Run High School - Glen Allen, VA
  • Honors Jazz Band - 2015-17​

Music Continuing Education

  • Berklee​​ College of Music, Boston, MA - “The Business of Music” seminar covering topics including music business, entertainment law, and music promotion and marketing, June 2016.
  • School of Rock, Glen Allen, VA - Music Business and Marketing class taught by an active booking agent and international artist manager covering topics of music business, artist financing, and advertisement and promotion, Spring 2016. Audio Engineering class taught by a professional sound engineer teaching introductory sound engineering and EQ-ing, Winter 2016.  ​


Additional Music Experience:
  • Rock Bands: Mouthful of Bread 2013-14, Spanish Meat Factory - 2013-14
  • School of Rock, Glen Allen, VA - 2013-16, House Band Performer - 2014-16
  • Richmond School of Rock, Henrico, VA - 2010-13
  • Summer Music Performance Camps at Guitar Works, Carytown, VA - 2010-14


Music Affiliations:
  • American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers ASCAP - Member since 2016
  • The Music Business Association - Member since 2016
  • CD Baby - Member since 2016