Through creative processes we empower young people to find and develop their unique voice.
Through innovation we strive to release latent creative talents in the youth of South Africa.
Through participation we enable young people to discover their common humanity.
Through discipline and commitment we lay the foundation for their productive future.
Through leadership opportunities we develop confidence and responsibility in the new generation.
Through the profound interaction theatre offers we help to heal the hurts of the past and to provide a vision of potential for the future.
YVETTE HARDIE is a theatre producer, director, educator, and writer active in the world of theatre and performance, with a particular focus on theatre for young audiences.
She initiated the launch of ASSITEJ SA (the national centre of the International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People) in 2007, and leads the organisation in the capacity of National Director. She is serving her third term as elected President of the international ASSITEJ (2011-2020), which has centres in almost 100 countries. She sits on the board of Global Arts Corps the organisation, which sprang from the award-winning theatre production she was responsible for touring globally, Truth in Translation. She has written and spoken extensively on issues relating to arts for young audiences, arts education and arts for reconciliation and conflict resolution at events around the world.
Lezanne has spent her career in accounting and finance, having worked for the Just Associates (JASS) as their Southern African Finance and Operations Manager until 2014, after working at SWEAT as the Finance Officer and also now a board member of SWEAT currently.
Lezanne is currently employed at the International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People, as their Finance and Operations Manager. She has a keen interest in community development and upliftment and working with youth. She has a deep appreciation of how working in the non-profit world seeks to improve the lives of others. Her free time is spent with family and friends.
A cultural administrator, who has been involved in the creative and the cultural industries since 1996 with the vision of contributing towards creative industries. His then, semi-skilled experience was incorporated into South African Music Day in 1999, and has never looked back as arts and culture has always been his passion! After completing his matric and computer studies he was privileged to be afforded a formal training in Music Business in 2003 where he achieved NQF Level 4 with MIDI Trust through the MAPPP-SETA.
During 2002 to 2017 he was employed on a full time and freelance basis in various arts and culture projects many of them being on a national and international level; under his projects profile he has worked on the SA Music Week, Moshito Conference, Joy of Jazz Camp, SA Book Week, SA – France Seasons, Nepad Conference, Edgars Music Series, and Germans Weeks Festival. The services he rendered ranged from logistics, project/events co-ordinator and administrator; these projects enabled him to gain experience in workings of national/international projects and a better understanding of creative industries.
Themba is currently working as head of logistics for ASSITEJ SA.
Alison Green is a educator, theatre practitioner and facilitator.
Her teaching experience includes: the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy, Rodean, The National School of the Arts and Creative Voices – an integrated Arts Initiative associated with the Royal London Opera House. In 2013 Alison attended the UNESCO World Arts Alliance Conference in Germany, as the South African Arts Educator Representative. Currently, she is the project manager for the ASSITEJ SA Kickstarter Creative Arts programme, which is the first ever case study for the impact of Arts in South Africa. Alison sits on the Naledi panel for the ‘ Best Production For Children and Young Audiences,’ a new category focusing on the outstanding work being created for youth.
Alison is interested in play and the transformative power of the Arts to shift and develop communities. She has recently been accepted to Cambridge University to complete an Mphil in Creativity and Arts Education.
Tsholo Shounyane is a drama facilitator, dollmaker and freelance translator/editor. She obtained her BA Drama from the University of Pretoria (2010) and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from the Central University of Technology (2015). She has worked with various companies and organisations including the University of Pretoria as a director-facilitator and junior lecturer, Arepp: Theatre for Life as an actress and director, Artscape Theatre and the Hillbrow Theatre Project as a director-facilitator. She has also worked in radio as a presenter and in reality television as an on-screen interviewer, translator and producer. Since graduating, most of her work has been in theatre for development, theatre in education and applied theatre and teaching. She believes in the big influence that art can have in all aspects of education and community building. She currently works as the Education Coordinator for Assitej Johannesburg.
Jaqueline Dommisse is the Artistic Director of a small independent theatre company, Hearts & Eyes Theatre Collective. Having worked for ASSITEJ SA as project manager on several projects, in 2015 she was appointed Festival Director for The Cradle of Creativity, an international festival of theatre for children and young audiences mounted by ASSITEJ South Africa (17 to 27 May 2017). Previous projects for ASSITEJ SA include the African Youth Theatre and Dance Festival (2015-16) and the War Horse Theatre Mediation project. Currently she is working on the After School Game-Changer programme for ASSITEJ SA, and she has maintained an involvement with theatre and drama activities for young audiences through her work with us.
As a theatre maker and director, Jaqueline is a passionate storyteller with an eclectic style, using whatever medium best serves the story she is currently driven to tell, harnessing everything from puppetry and circus skills to contemporary dance and the spoken-word. She has an interest in puppetry, masks, and visual theatre, and sits on the board of Puppetry SA, UNIMA. In 2010, she served as Artistic Director of the Out the Box Festival of Puppetry and Visual Performance.
Teaching theatre part-time at the tertiary level, she has facilitated workshops and short courses at the UCT Drama and Music Schools; and the Centre for Creative Education (Waldorf teacher training college). Her teaching has more often been focussed on the NGO and community theatre sectors in organisations such as Community Arts Project, Arts and Media Access Centre, New Africa Theatre Association, Magnet Theatre and ASSITEJ South Africa.
Jaqueline has had experience teaching at the Primary and Secondary level in the past. She has also contributed to two CAPS Creative Arts Curriculum text book series (one published by Oxford and the other by Heinemann).
Recent directing credits include the critically acclaimed My Name Is Rachel Corrie edited by Alan Rickman and Katharine Viner which premiered at The National Arts Festival and was seen at The Market Theatre in 2015. A puppet theatre production, Sadako, which toured France in 2013. Also, Martin Moran’s The Tricky Part; and an integrated dance-theatre work for Remix Dance Company called Bluebeard; Stone Words a spoken word production by Khadija Heeger; and several award-winning plays written by Peter Hayes: The Alchemist’s Heart; I am Here; Sadako; and Suburbanalia.
Thembile Tshuma is an Applied Drama & Theatre graduate from Drama for Life (University of the Witwatersrand), percussionist, writer, puppeteer, dancer, musician and Theatre Director. He started working with young creatives in 2003, and has been involved in a number of productions across the SADC region. He has worked with companies like Drama for Life Playback Theatre Company, Themba Interactive, Hillbrow Theatre Outreach Foundation, just to name a few. Thembile is a lover of humanity and he believes that creative art is the core to building creative minds of a nation. His vision is to see every child being given the chance to explore, engage and reflect on their day to day lives without being marginalized or discriminated but given the opportunity to just play. He is currently the Gauteng Theatre4Youth Coordinator of Assitej South Africa and a believer in theatre for transformation and healing.
Faye Kabali-Kagwa is a project co-ordinator, writer, and collector of stories. She has worked in the development sector before finding her feet in the arts. She currently works as a project co-ordinator and administrator for ASSITEJ South Africa, an international theatre organisation. She has worked on multiple local and national arts festivals in South Africa. Faye is also a wielder of words, and a connector of people. She is interested in bringing people together, sharing experiences, and ultimately facilitating conversations with people that are not limited to one locale.
Pauline Dalais is theASSITEJ SA KwaZulu-Natal Coordinator, artistic manager, agent, actress, assistant production manager, voice artiste: stage, screen, radio, tv, Lollipop Lane’s Mrs Singh Singh. Her proven track record of engaging with many high profile people in SA and assisting in cementing relationships for projects/events speaks for itself. She sees great benefit to bringing new and different talent to the arts field. She has a natural ability to make others feel at ease when communicating and coming up with fresh ideas. Her astute ability in communicating has served her well through her working years
Letlhogonolo Nche is a dance teacher, choreographer and artistic advisor based in Kimberley in the Northern Cape. winner and First ‘recipient of the ACT ImpACT Award for Dance in November 2015 and also first prize recepient of the Northern Cape Teachers awards as the Best Dance Teacher for the NSC 2016.
Nche graduated from Moving Into Dance Mophatong in 2009. Currently the Manager of The Mayibuye Dance Academy and Dance Teacher at St Cyprian’s Grammar School.
TIEGO SHAMETJA is a Theatre Practitioner, an Arts Administrator, a Community-Art-Activist, Arts Educator and Assitej SA’s Theatre4Youth Representative based in the North West Province.
He possesses a National Diploma in Musical Theatre from Technikon Pretoria (TUT) in 1999, a Postgraduate Diploma in Arts from Wits University in 2015, where he studied Cultural Policy, Leadership in the Arts, Research, Operational Skills, Marketing, Sponsorship and Funding. His other credentials include NQF level 4 in Arts and Culture Administration from Artèma Institute, North West University in 2009, NQF level 5 of Assessor from ProActive College in 2010 and a Master Class Certificate in Marketing in the Arts through ACT (Arts and Culture Trust) and NAC (National Arts Council of South Africa) in 2016. He is currently pursuing a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) through UNISA. He works towards establishing an arts foundation which will envisage and advocate Arts Education and Theatre for Young People in the North West Province.
Keitumetse Tlokana is an actor by profession, with a BA Drama degree from the University of Pretoria. She has worked on stage, television and film. She has acted on Isidingo and Binnelanders in the early days of her career. She’s recently worked on an Afrikaans short film Met Kind which was showcased at the 2017 Cannes festival.
Keitumetse discovered her love for children’s theatre back in varsity when she did Educational Theatre and portraying the character of Happy in the Afrikaans version of Snowhite and the 7 Dwarfs. She has since worked on a number of children’s theatre as a storyteller while also doing other projects within the arts industry. She joined ASSITEJ SA as a Rep for Limpopo since 2016.
I am a co-founder of Patriots Dance Theatre (PDT) in Mpumalanga; Witbank eMalahleni. Through my local/community arts experience & Moving Into Dance Mophatong (MIDM’s) 2006 training, I became a fulltime Creative Arts Practitioner emerging as an Arts and Culture field worker for Mpumalanga (MP) & Free State (FS) Department of culture, sports & Recreation (DCSR) under Expanded Public Works Program (EPWP), Artists in Schools Programme 2018 & The Young Patriots Program (TYPP) 2017 & 2018.
I fundraise, administrate & facilitate theatre & dance classes through (PDT) as a Project Convenor for 2016 to 2018 beneficiary at NAC, moreover MGE Touring Ventures beneficiary for 2016/2017 financial year, 2015/2016 financial year Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) beneficiary. PDT produced projects such as “WOMBMAN”, #TQCITAT dialogues & Debates, INGOMA, MASIHAMBISANE Dance & Theatre Project, “A Cruel Teacher Taught Us”, Creative intersection MP post conference, “Invisible Vampire” & “IBANDLA”
We facilitate open dance classes on African-Contemporary and Afro-fusion and I co-ordinate & perform industrial shows at South 32, ANGLO &GLENCORE coal mines in MP with local artistic organizations & individuals
Styx is a Market Theatre Laboratory graduate and has worked in the arts as a project manager, events manager, arts facilitator, adjudicator, poet, actor, director and singer. He has worked for ASSITEJ SA as a Kickstarter Artist Facilitator and is currently employed by the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture (Free State).
Thembela Madliki is a theatre maker from King William’s Town, Eastern Cape. She recently completed a Master of Arts degree in drama, specialising in directing, at Rhodes University. She has directed numerous productions, including the National Arts Festival (2016) student festival Best Production winning play ‘Nyanga’ which also won her the award for Most Promising Student Director. In 2017 she directed Standard Bank Silver Ovation Award winning play “Bayephi’. She has worked as a theatre-making workshop facilitator for the Eastern Cape School’s festival, Shakespeare Schools Festival and Grahamstown’s Makana Drama Development Festival (2015-2017). Her most recent directing project is Galela for Wellworn Theatre.
As Finance Assistant, I work with the Financial Manager to fulfil all relevant Accounting and financial management practices. I always wanted to pursue a career in Finance. At the moment I am in process of completing my Diploma in Financial Management, NQF Level 6 through False Bay TVET College. I was a student at Heathfield High School. I really enjoy working for ASSITEJ SA and I feel that I am learning so much from this environment.
My name is Ongeziwe Pakade. I was born on the 1st of January 1999 and grew up in Vrygrond Community. From a very young age I have been passionate about writing poems, short stories and plays. In 2013 I was introduced to ASSITEJ where I attended drama classes; this is where my passion grew for writing and performing, I enjoy being on stage; my aspiration is to pursue my dream of becoming a writer, actress, producer and director. I have a soft spot for children, I hope that one day I will be a role model and a teacher because I had a privilege of having one from ASSITEJ South Africa. Anyone who knows me well would describe me as easy going, ambitious, charismatic, artistic and most of all very affectionate. I’m also very curious, I question and involve my opinion at all times, but am not hard to work with. I am happy to be interning with ASSITEJ SA this year.
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