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The Market Theatre invites interested community theatre groups to submit applications to take part in its Annual Zwakala Community Theatre Practitioners Incubator programme for the 2022 & 23. 

The programmes main aim is to improve the skills of writers, directors, designers, and actors. It empowers them to create and produce local content of a high standard and trains the next generation of community arts leaders, arts entrepreneurs and administrators. It also takes them through a journey of both the creative and practical sides of producing a professional theatre piece.

Group leaders (usually writers and directors) receive specialised training and resources to improve the quality of their work and their leadership, ultimately benefiting the entire group.

The incubation programme is sponsored by the Department of Sports Arts and Culture incubation programme. Through this programme the department aims to help emerging practitioners to hone their skills through mentorship and propel them from amateur to professional status. The process also puts a strong emphasis on home-grown content to hopefully generate exciting new productions for the theatre-going public.


  • South African, Residing in Gauteng.
  • Group members need to be between 18 and 35 years old
  • Only full-time theatre practitioners can apply


Should you meet the above eligibility criteria, the following needs to be submitted for your application to be evaluated:

  • A duly completed showcase application form. (Available on request)
  • Certified ID copies of the creative team (director and author)
  • 100-word bios of the writer and the director
  • Script Treatment of the proposed play
  • One scene from the proposed play


When applying, groups must ensure that they are available for the following dates and activities:

Week 1- Monday 05- Friday 09 September 2022

Week 2 Monday 12- Friday 16 September 2022

Week 3 Monday 19 – Friday 23 September 2022

Week 4 Monday 26 – Friday 30 September 2022

Community Theatre Festival 16 & 17 December 2022

Writers & Directors Workshop: Wednesday 04 January to Sunday 08 January 2023

Zwakala Festival Week: Monday 30 January – Saturday 04 February 2023.

Zwakala Festival Days 03 & 04 February 2023.

Applications can be hand delivered or e-mailed to Sipho Mwale  by 15:00 on Friday 02 September 2022. 

Correspondence will only be limited to successful groups.