As an artist, teacher, entrepreneur, and director, Kwanele Finch Thusi has created an innovative and inspiring body of work and workshops, and has performed in numerous local and international festivals. Recognized as a Reality TV star rising talent, Thusi is using his talents as an artist to educate and radically shift traditional notions of masculinities,
Since 2015, he has been in collaboration with the Forgotten Angle Theatre Collaborative (Mpumalanga) and The Drama for Life Company in Johannesburg, teaching, mentoring and creating solo works for festivals such as AfroVibes (2017), My Body My Space (2016) and a collaboration titled AfriQueer (2016) directed by Warren Nebe which was performed in Botswana and then reworked for the National Arts Festival where the production was awarded the 2016 Adelaide Tambo Award for Human Rights. With the Forgotten Angle Theatre, Finch has been part of community art development in under-resourced facilities in Limpopo, Polokwane, and Bloemfontein.
For his National and International tour this year, Finch aims to work with young men around the world to foster new ideas of masculinity. Finch founded the Kwanele Global Collective (KGC) for contemporary dance, theatre, and music, which he runs currently. KGC is a growing association of 40 members connecting across Europe and beyond, which aims to strengthen professional practice through developing audiences and public engagement, as well as to expand creative collaborations and empower serial creativity. Finch has also created an audio book that helps to provide pathways of healing within queer men in society so that there is more tolerance and education around different sexualities and personalities.
Finch is also the lead Movement Coach for a JIVA Netflix and is currently South African Model for Mr Africa International 2021.