Celebrated theatre practitioner and black consciousness activist, Maishe Maponya, began his playwright career in 1975 with his play, The Cry. His works are strongly influenced by the writings and teaching of Steve Biko and Bertolt Brecht. Calling his form of theatre, Theatre of Resistance, which was works created to raise the consciousness of Black people during the Apartheid regime. He has been a lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand Drama department, and appointed as the Director of Arts and Culture in 2001. Besides being a playwright Maponya is also a celebrated poet.