Applications for full-time Market Lab course open


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Market Theatre Lab - logoThe Market Theatre Laboratory is on the hunt for the next generation of South Africa’s top actors. The Market Theatre Laboratory, well-known for launching the careers of some of South Africa’s leading performing arts professionals, is looking for the next generation of talented actors, theatre-makers, writers and directors to participate in its renowned Theatre and Performance Training Programme. Applications for this full-time course are open from 1 August – 30 September 2018 for study in 2019.

“If you are a gifted, determined individual who dreams about a career in the performing arts, don’t miss this amazing opportunity!” says Zama Buthelezi, the Market Theatre Foundation’s Brand & Communications Manager.

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Applications for full-time Market Lab course open
The Cast of Hani the Legacy. Image taken by Craig Chitima.

Founded by Dr John Kani and Barney Simon in 1988, The Market Theatre Laboratory is the educational arm of the world-famous Market Theatre.

“The Market Theatre Laboratory’s training programmes produce confident, disciplined performing arts professionals who are highly skilled in several modes of performance. Deeply embedded in the ethos of the school is its commitment to providing opportunities for talented youth from disadvantaged backgrounds who would not otherwise be able to pursue their passion for the arts or study further,” says Clara Vaughan, the Head of the Market Theatre Laboratory.

Exceptional performers and theatre-makers including the 2017 Standard Bank Young Artist, Monageng Motshabi, Naledi Award-winners Mahlatsi Mokgonyana and Billy Langa, and SAFTA award-winners Harriet Manamela, Warren Masemola and Lindiwe Ndlovu, are alumni of the Market Theatre Laboratory.

In 2017, the Market Theatre Laboratory won the Standard Bank Gold Ovation Award for Hani: the Legacy. This year, Market Theatre Laboratory students continued to build the school’s stellar reputation by competing against students from the top tertiary institutions in the country with their production Marose.

The Market Theatre Laboratory in partnership with the Windybrow Arts Centre has also launched the Kwasha! Theatre Company to assist alumni from the Market Theatre Laboratory to develop sustainable and rewarding careers. The Kwasha! Theatre Company is on a national tour with their production The Little Prince, which they presented on the Main platform of the National Arts Festival. The tour is sponsored by the French Instotute of South Africa and Mazars.

The Market Theatre Laboratory participates in several international collaborations and exchanges throughout the year, with a team of eight people from the Market Lab traveling to the U.K. in 2017 with Encountering the Other.

“Our students have worked with some of South Africa’s most prestigious theatre-makers, artists and exciting emerging directors from around the world. The students have presented work at Pop Art Theatre, the Market Theatre, the Olive Tree Theatre, the National Arts Festival, the Vrystaat Arts Festival, as well as internationally,” says Clara Vaughan, the Head of the Market Theatre Laboratory.

Classes at the Market Theatre Laboratory include acting, movement, physical theatre, voice, singing, theatre-making, writing, directing, stage-management and theatre design.

Application forms are available on the Market Theatre Laboratory website at or can be fetched from the Market Theatre Laboratory offices at The Market Square, 138 Lilian Ngoyi Street, Newtown. Applications close on 30 September. For queries, please contact Thandeka Nheke or Rudy Motseatsea at the Market Theatre Laboratory on 011 838 7498 or email To see what the Lab has been up to, visit our facebook page:


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