Anthea has spoken at numerous conferences and functions about creativity, play, empathy and failure:

Experimenting Experiencing the City, academic presentation and performance, May 2017
Keynote speaker for CounterPlay festival, Denmark, March 2017
Creative Mornings, theme: Fantasy, November, 2016
Creative Womxn, Between 10 & 5, August, 2016
Arts and Culture Trust and UJ Creative Intersections, Play Maker workshop, May 2016
Play Publik festival, Berlin, hosted by Invisible Playground, talk about play in South Africa, 2012
World Summit on Arts and Culture, commissioned performance, 2009


“Anthea spoke at our Creative Womxn conference in August 2016. We decided to pick Anthea because of her enthusiastic spirit and focus on “play”, in order to create a break in between the variety of (sometimes serious) talks. Anthea didn’t disappoint us nor the crowd, and delivered a very lively, energetic talk/performance. Anthea’s content and history of work gives her a depth of experience to speak from, and she delivers this in an engaging way. Her command of the stage and capture of the audience’s attention is excellent and I wouldn’t hesitate to place her in front of intimate crowds, or to take presence on a larger stage.”

– Uno de Waal
MD and Founder of Between 10 and 5

“Anthea spoke at CreativeMornings. She both entertained and challenged the people in the room. Our audience responded well to the games she played to warm them up and the energy she has on the stage. Anthea clearly is passionate about what she does! We have had the great feedback from the audience and even requests for her to speak again (even though we can’t do this). I have a new perspective on using play as a tool in business.”

– Ross Drakes
MD Nice Work Brand Communications Company and Head of Creative Mornings Johannesburg

“Anthea is a playful and energetic speaker with a wealth of experience in the field of arts and play. Her inclusive and interactive style makes keynotes truly impactful and inspiring. I would highly recommend Anthea as a speaker if you’re looking for a talk that transforms audiences into participants of their own life story.”

– Portia Tung, Executive and Business Agile Coach, Executive and Personal Coach & Founder of

“I was instantly intrigued by Anthea’s proposal for the CounterPlay ’17 festival with her unique and immensely playful approach to performing as an artist in public spaces. She manages to make explicit the otherwise invisible political structures and societal norms, allowing us to discuss and negotiate them. I was confident that she would be able to inspire and challenge our participants, but she wildly exceeded my expectations. With more than 150 people seated in a big conference room, she filled the space with energy and laughter, people were literally climbing over their seats, interacting and getting much closer to each other. Her keynote session was a perfect start to the festival, making cultural and mental barriers fall away, while demonstrating the power of play. I warmly recommend Anthea as a speaker and I hope I get to work with her again in the future.”

– Mathias Poulson
CounterPlay festival founder and director