Moopi Mothibeli biography
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Born and bred in Sebokeng, Gauteng, South Africa, Moopi Mothibeli, is an actor popularly known for the media mogul of royal descent character of Smanga Moroka in the Generations the Legacy soapie.
Coming from a family of footballers, Mothibeli says football was all he thought of while growing up. He represented the region now known as Sedibeng at under-12 level and hoped to make it as a professional player but when the football structures in Sedibeng crumbled, it took a while for him to accept that the dream of becoming a professional player might not happen. It wasn't until he was handed a script in high school to play the lead in Romeo and Juliet that he took a liking to acting.
He entered the school's poetry club to further his interest in drama and has not looked back since.
After graduating with a BA in drama from Tshwane University of Technology, Mothibeli got a scholarship to study for a masters in fine art at Ohio State University in the US.
After graduating from Ohio State University, Mothibeli was accepted to study film directing at New York University but his dream was quickly shattered when he couldn't raise enough funds for his tuition fees and had to come back home. He however landed the role in one of South Africa’s longest running hit soaps: Generations: The Legacy hardly a year after returning from the US in 2014. The soapie runs weekdays on the prime slot of 8pm on SABC 1.
Highlight performances in his early years included roles in a A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Yerma (In Africa), and he played the role of John Proctor in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, directed by Professor Lesley Ferris, as part of an Ohio State Theatre/Tshwane University Drama faculty exchange in 2005.
While at Ohio State Mothibeli performed in numerous works including This Above All, The Camouflage Project, and a self-devised solo performance entitled Grey-I-Land. He played the role of Othello directed by Alison Bomber, from the Royal Shakespeare Company. He was one of the performers in Ordinal 5, choreographed by Professor Jeanine Thompson that premiered at the Tate Modern in London in 2011.
Mothibeli is not yet married