Opportunities to join Kwasha! Theatre Company

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The Market Theatre Laboratory and the Windybrow Arts Centre, is looking for exceptional performing arts graduates to join the company in 2020.

Kwasha Drama Company. (Photographer: Hoek Swaratlhe)
Kwasha Drama Company. (Photographer: Hoek Swaratlhe)

Kwasha! Theatre Company, launched in 2018 by the Market Theatre Laboratory and the Windybrow Arts Centre, is looking for exceptional performing arts graduates to join the company in 2020. The purpose of the company is to serve as a bridge between graduates’ education and their professional careers. It provides guaranteed employment as a performer/theatre-maker for ten months and offers the opportunity to gain professional work experience and the space to learn and practise business skills. This is achieved through a programme of exciting and varied creative projects and collaborations, resulting in a repertoire of live performances created by the company over the year. Included in the programme is 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.

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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 (G)old 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 Ka Bra Shakes, and with Theatre Rocket on Deurnis/Uzwalo. 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.

Theatre-makers who have graduated from a reputable training institution within the last five years are eligible to be members of Kwasha! To apply, submit your CV and a motivation letter (that clearly states the skills, knowledge and other attributes that you would be able to contribute to the company) via email to Rudy Motseatsea at rudy@marketlab.co.za by 17:00 on Friday 6 December 2019.

Shortlisted applicants will be called by Wednesday 11 December for an audition in January. Final decisions will be made by Tuesday 14 January 2020. The company aims to begin operating from 20 January 2020.

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