The Market Theatre Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Cheraé Halley as the new Head of The Market Theatre Laboratory. Cheraé brings expert knowledge in the field of Applied Drama and Theatre. Her appointment marks a new chapter for The Market Theatre Laboratory and reinforces the Foundations commitment to fostering creative talent.
For the past nine years, Cheraé has served as a lecturer and coordinator of post-graduate courses at the University of the Witwatersrand, where she has shared her expertise in Drama in Education, Theatre as Activism, Theatre of the Oppressed, and Playback Theatre. She has served as a guest lecturer and examiner in various other drama and theatre departments at institutions such as Rhodes University, Tshwane University of Technology, University of Pretoria, City Varsity and The Market Theatre Laboratory.
Cheraé has co-directed Drama for Life Playback Theatre, Africa’s only accredited school of Playback Theatre. Through storytelling, she has used this medium to foster empathy and restore communities. Her practice has taken her across the globe, including collaborations with American consultancy Dailey Innovations Inc., where she uses Playback Theatre to explore Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in corporate spaces. Passionate about global networking, Cheraé is a board member on the International Playback Theatre Network (IPTN), as the only board member from Africa. Cheraé also chairs the steering committee for the IPTN Conference that will take place in South Africa in December 2023. This prestigious role further highlights her standing in the international theatre community and her dedication to advancing the field.