Annabell Lebethe previously served as the CEO of the National Arts Council. Prior to joining the NAC, she was in the Gauteng Provincial Department of Arts, Culture, Recreation and Heritage where she worked on that office’s Creative Mapping Project, as well as with the MAPP-SETA where she dealt with film, electronic media and the entertainment industry. A vigorous proponent of the arts in South Africa, Ms Lebethe has been an active and vigorous supporter of the MTF’s work, as well as a frequent attendee of many performances, educational activities and exhibitions over the years. She has also served on the boards of a variety of arts and cultural organisations, including ABC Ulwazi, the African Arts Institute and the Cape Film Commission. She graduated as a Town and Regional Planner from the University of Johannesburg (nee Technikon Witwatersrand) and is currently studying towards a Master’s degree in Public Management.
On 5 September 2013 James joined the Market Theatre as Artistic Director. His career began when joined the Loft Theatre Company in 1989, where he performed in productions such as A Nativity, Horn of Sorrow, Mujaji Circus Adventure, Three Musketeers; Moll Flanders, The Great Trek, The King Stag, Flat Spin, Spring Awakening and Jesus Christ Superstar. Since leaving the Loft, he has been seen on stagein La Ronde, Grass Roots, leader of the Pack, The Good Woman of Sharkville, La Cage aux Flles, Robin’s a Cruise Ou, Waiting for Godot, Talk radio, CantinaTequila, 5 Guys Named Mo, Ways of Dying, Conference of the Birds and Cinders and her Fella. James toured the UK with The Cherry Orchard and also appeared in Happy Natives at the Soho Theatre in London. He appeared at the Baxter Theatre Centre was in Glass Roots in 2004. He appeared in The Pen, A whole in One and most recently in the Market Theatre production of Mike van Graan’s Green Man Flashing. Leading roles in television include: Yizo Yizo, Jozi Street, Hard Copy and Stokvel. He has also appeared in other series, including The Principal, Going Up, Saints, Sinners and Settlers, Madam and Eve, Justice for All, Scoop Schoombie and Soul Buddies. His film appearances have included roles in A Nativity, I Dreamed of Africa, Man to Man and Red Dust. James has been nominated for and won several awards, which include Best Actor (Vita Awards) and Best Ensemble Performance. He was also nominated in the Fleur du cap Theatre Awards. The Rosalie van der Gucht Prize for New Director, 2005, The Suitcase, which he adapted and directed, won six Naledi Awards, including best Director and Best New Play. His directed plays include The Suitcase, The Lion and The Jewel, The Hill, The Amen Corner, Touch my Blood, Thirst and How can a Sky Fall.