It’s the final week to donate to Magnet Theatre’s Upstage: Kickstart a Career Fundraising Campaign.
The campaign is raising funds for Magnet Theatre’s Full-Time Training and Job Creation Programme.
The two-year training programme is the only bridging programme for theatre arts in the Western Cape. It has helped youth both within South Africa and outside of the country further their careers and develop new, original theatre productions. This was recently evidenced by the accomplishments of two of our Early Years companies who took part in our Incubator Programme supported by Helios Theatre and Goethe Institut last year. The shows have gone on to travel and perform at international festivals such as the Naj, naj, naj Festival in Croatia and the Kina Festival in Rwanda.
Of the almost 100 participants since 2008, the programme has been instrumental in facilitating access for 31 first generation university attendees. Sixteen have graduated and 11 are still studying. Eighty per cent of the others have found employment in the profession, including various international tours. An incredible 98% of all graduates are either employed, self-employed or furthering their studies.
Getting funding to ensure the programme continues is a challenge. So it is up to us to make sure that extremely talented young performers who are part of the 55% (!!!!!) of unemployed youth in this country get access to training, education and employment opportunities.
Magnet Theatre is grateful to the amazing and generous people who have been sharing the campaign link and who have donated money, helping Magnet achieve 40% of their intended target. Every little bit counts, help make a difference and donate here:
Magnet Theatre is one of South Africa’s best known independent physical theatre companies that has been operating in and outside of South Africa for the past 31 years. Aside from its professional work, the company runs multi-layered educational programmes that are aimed at the transformation of young people’s lives and the theatre industry as a whole. Magnet Theatre runs the only suite of bridging programs in theatre arts for unemployed youth in the Western Cape. In March 2019, Magnet was recognised by the provincial Western Cape Government with an award for outstanding contribution to Arts and Culture in the Drama category.