Market Theatre Foundation Management Team


Clara Vaughan

Head of the Market Theatre Laboratory

Along with a master’s degree cum laude exploring how drama can reflect on, interrogate, and open conversations about sexuality and gender with young people in South Africa, Clara Vaughan is also an accomplished director, writer and facilitator. She has taught, directed and curated at Drama for Life, Wits Theatre and Sibikwa Arts Centre. Under her tenure, the Market Theatre Laboratory has been recognised on multiple platforms for creating excellent theatre that engages with human rights, including for a play she directed, Noord! which won an Adelaide Tambo Award at the National Arts Festival. In 2016, Clara was awarded an International Artist Development Grant, which allowed her to travel in the UK and Germany, exploring theatre and youth engagement. Earlier in 2017, Clara was selected to participate in the Cultural Diplomacy Platform’s second Global Cultural Leadership Programme in Athens. Later year, through Connect ZA, she will be co-directing an international theatre collaboration called Encountering the Other with young people from the Market Theatre Laboratory and the UK. The production will tour in both countries.

Lekgetho James Makola

Head of the Market Photo Workshop

Lekgetho James Makola has a Fine Art degree (in 1999) from Durban University of Technology in Durban. His artistic achievements include a Bronze Sculpture commission for President Nelson Mandela. Lekgetho is an International Ford Foundation Fellow on Social Justice (2009), and a Graduate of Howard University Washington DC, with a MFA in Film Studies (2013). He produced a Thesis documentary film focusing on Effects of Gentrification on lower income residents in Washington DC, following the work of Empower DC.  In March 2012, he co-founded Kali TV, an Independent Online media organization based in USA whose mission is to engage, inform and entertain viewers with news about Africans in the Diaspora through images.  Lekgetho is a founding member at Parallel Film Culture (Washington DC) and his portfolio was Outreach Specialist. He joined Market Photo Workshop in 2013 as Manager of Programmes and Projects. He was in the judging panels for the W. Eugene Smith International Photography Award 2016, Catchlight Fellowship Award 2017 and CAP Prize Award 2017.

Zama Sweetness Buthelezi

Brand and Communications Manager

Zama Sweetness Buthelezi has more  than ten years’ experience as a communications specialist in different sectors. Her last position prior to joining the Market Theatre Foundation was as Director for the International NGO, Global Girl Media that taught film making skills to young women from disadvantaged backgrounds to tell their own stories. Prior to that Zama spent spent seven years in an arts-based NGO that that engaged drama-methodologies to educate about HIV and AIDS. She left after holding the position of Deputy Managing Director for two years. Zama studied public relations and majored in communication science. She is passionate about communications and the arts.

Khona Dlamini

Manager programmes and development

Khona Dlamini is currently the Market Photo Workshop’s manager for Programmes and Development and was previously the manager of the Photojournalism and Documentary Photography Programme. She previously worked at the Bat Centre in Durban where she co-ordinated the Women’s Day public programmes from 2002 until 2009 as well as the Flemish Department of Youth, Culture and Sport funded youth development project, Batsha- Jeugd from 2007-2009. She was instrumental in setting up Ikamva Youth South Africa’s Durban offices and programming, where she oversaw the tutoring and mentoring of young people from under-resourced schools into the tertiary education and beyond from 2009 to 2011. As a writer, her work has been published in Agenda Feminist Media Project, Y-Mag, kush.co.za and the South African Labour Bulletin.

Zodwa Shongwe


Studied Dramatic Arts, Project Management, Human Resource Management, Public Finance Management, Internal Controls and Risk Management Post Graduate Studies in Arts. Zodwa has worked as a Project Manager, Production Manager and as a Human Resource Manager at the Windybrow Theatre  (2000 – 2005) She has produced more than 20 productions between 2006 – 2007 during her tenure as producer at the Windybrow Arts Centre. During 2012 (July) she worked as Production Co-ordinator for South Africa during the London Olympics. In March 2014 she was the Acting Artistic Director at the Windybrow Theatre.  With the amalgamation of the Windybrow Arts Centre with the Market Theatre Foundation, the former Windybrow staffer was seconded as Producer to the Market Theatre Foundation in 2016. She is a recipient of South Korea’s K-Fellowship (20130.

Thuli Hlaneke

Senior Front of House Manager

Born the 15th April in Soweto – Orlando East.
Thuli joined the Market Theatre Foundation in 2008 as a Senior Front of House Manager. She enjoys her work and is driven by her passion for good customer service and excellence. She joined the Market Theatre after four-year stint at the Wits Theatre (2004 to 2008) as their Front of House Manager. The arts fraternity found her by chance as she was at Wits studying a BA in Psychology. She dropped out while in second year and worked full time. In 2017, she decided to finish her degree and is now enrolled for a BA at Unisa. She has a certificate in Programme for Management Development from the University of Pretoria. Thuli plans to also enrol with Wits University for the arts management programme. In May 2017, she started working on a book that she hopes to be published in 2018. The book focuses on the emotions and the journey of being a working mother. The aim is to share with and inspire other people about the difficulties and the joys of being a married working mother.

Thapelo Mokgosi

Head : Technical and Stage Services

Thapelo Mokgosi – has more than 29 years of being in the Theatre industry, both nationally and internationally. As an individual who is continuously seeking growth – he has ventured into different forms of services such as a Stage Manager, Lighting Technician, Sound Technician and Engineer, Production Manager, Theatre workshop facilitator, Technical Crew Supervisor and Lighting Designer. A highly motivated and driven individual who cherishes the value of implementing new ideas presented by new opportunities, it was this drive which saw him serve in roles such as Production Manager for the 2010 FIFA World Cup Draw in Cape Town, Lighting Designer for Outside Broadcasting for SABC Airtime as well as being a Lecture in Theatre Technology for Movie Tech Film and Television College in 2006. He has travelled to various countries like; England, USA, Australia, Scotland, Germany, Russia and Swaziland as Production Manager and Lighting Designer.His rapid and urgent skill of quick decision-making employing intuition and a broader rational overview of facts made his debut as Production Manager for the North West Arts Council in 1995 a natural fit of order. Other institutions where he served as a Production Manager are Mmabana Foundation (simultaneously as a Resident Lighting Designer), Oxford Playhouse in Oxford {(England) – simultaneously as a Trainee in Lighting Designing)}, Windybrow Centre for the Arts and for several productions at the State Theatre. He made his debut as a Lighting Designer in 2000 in a dance piece titled Candle, Chairs and Chime choreographed by Christopher Kindo and Ellenton Mazibuko. As a lighting designer he has worked on countless productions and has been nominated four times for the Naledi Best Lighting Design Award (2005, 2017, 2018 and 2019). Goal and target-driven to keep abreast with the constant developing atmosphere in order to better serve with refreshing capacity – he continues to further expand his knowledge and as a result he has had extensive training in advanced Lighting Design and Drawing of Lighting Plans which he completed with respected industry giants such as DWR.

Perpetua Mathsa

Human Resource Manager

Perpetua Mathsa has more ten years of responsible and progressive experience Human Resource management. Her professional experiences include executive level management, strategy development, training/employee development, resource and budget forecasting, organizational development and employee relations. In every HR role that she has held, she provided strategic business partnering to the senior leadership team as well as manage a group of HR professionals responsible for supporting the managers and their employees. She managed HR functions and provided strategic business partner services to the CEO and the leadership team. Her previous position prior to joining the Market Theatre Foundation was as Human Resources Manager for Enterprise University of Pretoria. Perpetua has studied  Human Resource Management and Labour relations. Her interest and expertise are in developing organizational and talent-related solutions, including facilitating integrated team growth and restructuring, planning and implementing organizational change, and developing new processes, programmes, and learning initiatives. Her strength is in working with diverse talent and complex work structures toward optimal levels of performance and engagement.

Isaac Rantsieng

IT Manager

The relocation of the Market Theatre Foundation into new facilities that accommodated all four business units was a turning point for the iconic institution. This created a vacuum for a new position of IT Manager. Isaac Rantsieng joined the Market Theatre Foundation in 2018. His extensive experience in IT administration and Support of Information System tipped him as a top candidate. He is a result driven individual with is one of the skills required for fast paced Market Square that houses two of its educational institutions. He prides himself as a professional in the implementation, analysis, optimization, trouble shooting of LAN\WAN network systems with more than 10 years’ experience. He enjoys the challenge of keeping up to date with different technologies. He holds Free State colours in Athletics and represented Free State at the USSASA championship final in Port Elizabeth 2008. He is married with two children. Keeping up with technology is my middle name

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