Johannesburg – The Market Theatre Laboratory and the Windybrow Arts Centre are looking for performing arts graduates to join them next year.
Kwasha! Theatre Company, launched in 2018 by the Market Theatre Laboratory and the Windybrow Arts Centre serves as a bridge between graduates’ education and their professional careers.
In a statement the company said it provides employment as a performer/theatre-maker for 10 months and offers the opportunity to gain professional work experience and space to learn and practise business skills. “This is achieved through a programme of varied creative projects and collaborations, resulting in a repertoire of live performances created by the company over the year. Included in the programme are opportunities to make original work that reflects the company’s unique voices and experiences as young South Africans, as well as work that challenges the conventional norms of theatre.”
In its first two years, Kwasha! has been nominated for two Naledi Awards for The Little Prince and has won a Bronze Ovation Award and Best Ensemble Award for Currently Gold at the National Arts Festival. Kwasha! has embarked on two national tours, and participated in numerous collaborations, including with the Centre for the Less Good Idea on Umsebenzi kaBra Shakes, and with Theatre Rocket on Deurnis/Uzwelo.
Two productions created by Kwasha! have been invited on international tours, including to the United States. “This extraordinary start to Kwasha’s journey bears testament to the value of providing opportunities for emerging theatre-makers to work creatively and develop their voices within the structure of a company,” the statement added.
Theatre-makers who have graduated from a reputable training institution within the last five years are eligible to be members of Kwasha!
They may submit CVs and motivation to Rudy Motseatsea at firstname.lastname@example.org by 6 December. Shortlisted applicants will be called by 11 December for auditions in January; and final decisions will be made by 14 January 2020.