Director: Catherine Stewart

WYWL Director Catherine Stewart with Pertonalla Tshuma and Camilla Waldman

WYWL Director Catherine Stewart with Pertonalla Tshuma and Camilla Waldman

Catherine Stewart graduated from Stanford University in 1988 with an Honours Degree in Literature and Film. She received a Masters Degree in Screenwriting and Directing from Columbia University in 1994.

She returned to Johannesburg to direct documentaries and dramas including the acclaimed A Woman’s Place which she co-produced and directed for PBS in America, the short film Clean Hands directed for MNet, and her own short script Transit Café which was co-financed by Swedish Television and the SABC and produced by BOMB.

She has written and directed for television drama series and mini series including The Lab, Home Affairs, Tsha Tsha, Jacob’s Cross and Shreds and Dreams.

She was one of the creators and Head Writer of the acclaimed telenovela, Isibaya which received Best Writing Team SAFTA award in 2014 as well as Best Writing Team and Best Soap award at the Royals 2014.

In 2005 she attended the Sundance Screenwriters Lab and Directors Lab with her original script, The Moon, Under Late Capitalism.

She has lectured at Wits University in screenwriting and directing.  She lives in Johannesburg and works as a freelance director, screenwriter and script editor.


Shreds and Dreams Drama Series eps 1-13 2013
Jacob’s Cross Drama Series eps 7.5-7.9 2012
Jacob’s Cross Drama Series eps 6.6-6.9 2011
Shreds and Dreams Mini Series 2009
The Lab Drama Series eps 2.7-2.9 2008
Jacob’s Cross Drama Series eps 2.6-2.9 2007
Home Affairs Drama Series eps 1-13 2005
Tsha Tsha Drama Series eps 7-13 2004
The Transit Café fiction short 2002
Clean Hands fiction short 1999
A Woman’s Place documentary 1998

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