Emerging Theatre Directors Bursary

The ETD Bursary provides opportunity for 4 emerging directors annually to each create a new piece of work under mentorship. Drawing applications nationally, this is a unique and much needed bursary. 

Storm Theatre Project

In collaboration with Young in Prison (YIP) and supported by YIP Netherlands, the Storm Theatre Project delivers high quality performance-based processes for young offenders in prisons.  In 2016 the production Ubuze Bam was created with 4 young men (Bongani Dyalivana, Lazolo Sikhutshwa, Eric Menyo and Ntsika Tyalana) who are part of the YIP post-release programme. Directed by Thando Doni, the production is currently performing around Cape Town. If you are interested in booking Ubuze Bam, for performances in schools, festivals and theatres click here.

Artists Residencies

A 3-week residency is offered to artists for the research and development phase of a new work, or simply the space to write.  The Residency includes a workshop for local artists, an opportunity to network within the Cape Town arts community and the sharing of a performance.

Artists in Residence have, to date, been international artists who have applied to the Arts Councils of their home country to visit South Africa.  Our current artist in residence is Manuela Tessi from Italy and the Netherlands.

Inspiring a Generation

Inspiring Artists   *   Inspiring Theatre   *   Inspiring Young Minds

Inspiring a Generation is an ASSITEJ SA and Theatre Arts Admin Collective initiative that aims to inspire theatre practitioners to make innovative, cutting edge theatre for children in South Africa. Building a new generation of artists working in theatre for children and young people will create a generation of children and young people who love and are inspired by theatre. The programme is generously sponsored by DISTELL. 

New work created under the Inspiring a Generation programme for 2014, and which are all currently performing at the National Arts Festival 2015 include:
Jayne Batzofin's What Goes Up, a show created specifically for 4 - 7 year old deaf children, presented by FTHK
Briony Horwitz's Once Upon a Fire
Thando Baliso's Mirrored Flaws
Jenine Collocot's Making Mandela, currently performing at the National Arfts Festival 2015 and which has won an Ovation Award.  Presented by The State Theatre and Hello Elephant.
As part of the Inspiring a Generation programme, 3 Danish companies - Batida, Patrasket and ZeBU - have presented work in South Africa. Batida presented A Man called Rolex at the NAF 2014, Patrakset presented Einstein for Beginners and Friendship at the Obs Family Festival in March 2015 and currently ZeBU's True Confusion is part of the NAF's 2015 Main programme.

Start- up Resident Company

To support emerging artists in forming and operating as a company, the Theatre Arts Admin Collective provides an administrative, rehearsal and performance home for 2 years to an emerging company, where they can be mentored administratively and creatively, experience what it means to work as a company and create a body of work from which they can generate income.  The resident company for 2014/15 was UKAO.  The resident company for 2016/17 was KleiSand.   We have not yet confirmed a Start-Up Resident company for 2018/19.

School Subsidy Programme

Based on the fundamental belief that theatre is not for free, The School Subsidy Programme enables children from disadvantaged communities to attend performances and participate in workshops.  All children contribute what they can for their theatre ticket and the School Subsidy Programme pays the balance.

Learning Placements in Arts Administration, Publicity and Fundraising

Learning Placements offer opportunity to between 2 and 4 applicants annually and are designed to provide hands on training in the areas of Art Administration, a hugely under-resourced area of the arts and which is critical for the development and sustainability of the industry.