Dorothy Brislin

Dorothy has worked as a development communications specialist in civil society for over 20 years. Before joining OSISA, she was the Communication and Campaigns Coordinator at ActionAid and led the 2014 launch of their multi-country campaign on Safe Cities. She champions the use of arts for social change and currently serves on the board of the Africa Institute for Arts, Culture and Heritage. She was the founding Director of the Newtown Film and Television School which evolved from a community video project in Alexandra, Johannesburg in the early 90’s.

She lived in Mozambique for six years where she was Executive Producer of a regional environmental TV series entitled Recursos e Vida, which explored how indigenous peoples use natural resources. She led an HIV&AIDS campaign, Tudo Pela Vida for Graca Machel’s Foundation for Community Development and piloted the regional Schools Arts Festival, Power in the Voice. On returning to South Africa, she served as Co-CEO of the Film Resources Unit - distributor of African Films. Thereafter she served as Registrar at SACAP a regulatory body and introduced various transformational policy changes. Dorothy holds a B.A.D.A.(Hons), majoring in Communication.


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