Council Members

  • Gerald Dumas (Chairman)
  • Nalini Maharaj (Deputy Chairperson)
  • Sershan Naidoo
  • Shado Twala
  • Kopano Xaba
  • Kaizer Nyatsumba
  • Phyllis Klotz
  • Andre le Roux

Senior Management


Ismail Mahomed – CEO

With more than 30 years of working in the arts sector, Ismail Mahomed took over as CEO of the MarketTheatre in August 2016. Prior to joining the ranks of the Market Theatre he served an 8-year stint as the Artistic Director of the National Arts Festival.He is a multi-award winning arts administrator. His accolades include the Arts& Culture Trust Arts Administrator of the Year Award, South AfricanInstitute of Theatre Technology Award for Excellence in Theatre Management and the US State Department (Africa Bureau) Award for Consistently High CulturalProgramming. He was conferred with a Chevalier et des Lettres et Arts (Knight of Literature & Arts) Award by the French Government.


Christine McDonald – CFO

Christine McDonald has been the Chief Executive Officer for the Market Theatre Foundation since 2003. She joined the foundation as a consultant brought in by the Department of Arts and Culture to implement a turnaround strategy and to implement change from the foundation’s disarray financial state to a financially stable institution. In addition to her financial portfolio she has successfully managed building projects for the foundation worth more than R150 million. Since her arrival the Market Theatre Foundation has enjoyed clean financial  audits.


James Ngcobo – Artistic Director

James became the first black artistic director to take over the most prestigious creative side of the Market Theatre, and he continues to enhance its worldwide reputation for artistic greatness. James, a veteran award-winning actor who metamorphosed into a multi award-winning director, has created a new vision for staging works at the theatre. His passion for working with undiscovered actors, young designers and for mentoring young industry enthusiasts has yielded great results by grooming young artists to tell new South African stories. 2017 is his fourth year as the Artistic Director of the Market Theatre Foundation.