Youth Development


Joburg Theatre Youth and Community Development

The Youth & Community Development Department at Joburg Theatre is mandated to provide structured & professional opportunities to aspirant artists and new audiences for indepth development of the artistic skills and development of arts & culture within the community through its Space.Com venue.

The Space.com operates as a performance space for artists to showcase their artistic work and can be leased to upcoming producers/artists based on availability of dates, as there is a large influx of requests from young art practitioners requesting to showcase their work. The requests vary from full seasons and 1 day showcases.

Visiting companies/performing artist submit their company profile, a synopsis of the work they would like to produce, the number of individuals involved in the company and their roles, number of performances required, number of days rehearsal space required and production technical rider as may be applicable. The Theatre enters partnership agreement in waiver of the rental fee.

The department cannot make any financial contribution to any agreements and as such will contribute towards with marketing collateral through its existing publicity channels including website, media relations and social media pages in order to promote the production and profile the cast involved.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED:
Submit a Production Proposal;
Aspirant producers & directors can submit their production proposals including their company profile, a synopsis of the work they would like to produce, the number of individuals involved in the company and their roles, number of performances required, number of days rehearsal space required and production technical rider as may be applicable to Nondumiso Sithole, Community Development Manager on email: nondumiso@joburgtheatre.com.

Join the Applied Performing Arts and Arts Management (APAAM) programme:
Community theatre has been a major priority for the Arts industry, institutions like Joburg Theatre recognise the importance of growing talent in South African townships. More importantly, the need to produce great stories and untold stories as a form of preserving the authenticity of our communities.

The Applied Performing Arts and Arts Management (APAAM) programme is a 3-year short course provided at Joburg Theatre in partnership with Wits University and Drama for life which has been instrumental in preparing community theatre groups for the big stage. The aim for the programme is to celebrate & promote cultural diversity, engage different audiences from different racial and cultural backgrounds, and educate audiences about different cultures.

Community theatre groups are encouraged to send their collective profiles to Nondumiso Sithole, Community Development Manager on email: nondumiso@joburgtheatre.com

Join the Duma Ndlovu Academy:
Duma Ndlovu Academy (DNA) for actor’s workshops, a tutorial programme that serves as a bridging course between those who graduate from institutions of drama and the performing arts industry.
Duma Ndlovu having been in this industry for more than 35 years has garnered enough information and knowledge to be able to equip those who are coming into the industry and prepare them for their individual journey(s). The workshops grow and blossom self-confident thespians who have skills to allow them to succeed in their chosen career path.
The workshops are also meant to instil a hunger for knowledge and education in young enthusiastic learners who have chosen acting as a career path.

Individuals may contact Nondumiso Sithole, Community Development Manager on email: nondumiso@joburgtheatre.com for more information – auditions take place in January each year.

Join the Shakespeare’s Schools Festival:
The Shakespeare Schools Festival South Africa (SSF SA) is an opportunity for your young adults to make their theatre debut on a professional stage in a non-competitive environment. SSFSA provides the scripts, resources, training and framework you need to direct Shakespeare with your students.

The Community & Youth department encourages schools that provide drama as a curriculum to contact Nondumiso Sithole, Community Development Manager on email: nondumiso@joburgtheatre.com for more information on how to get your school involved.

CONTACT US:
Community Development Manager: Nondumiso Sithole 011 877 6867 – nondumiso@joburgtheatre.com
Youth Development Marketing Intern: Precious Motloung 011 877 6867 precious@joburgtheatre.com
Resident Stage Technician: Tshepo Letlhare 011 877-6840 space.com@joburgtheatre.com