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The Zwakala Festival continues to remain one of South Africa’s most dynamic theatre festivals aimed specifically at community-based theatre-makers. The festival’s 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 participants through a journey of both the creative and practical sides of producing a professional theatre piece.

The Market Theatre is  seeking to appoint, on a fixed term basis, a dynamic individual to be a Festival Director of the 30th  Zwakala Festival.


  • Selection of productions to participate in the festival through showcasing
  • Provide dramaturge and artistic input to  groups selected to participate in the 30th Zwakala Festival
  • Regular visits to groups in preparation for the festival
  • Provide regular feedback to groups
  • Schedule the performances for the festival
  • Oversee the successful implementation of the 30th Zwakala Festival


  • A degree or relevant qualification in the arts
  • A minimum of 5 year experience in the development of theatrical productions
  • Proven experience in working with community based arts organisations
  • Proven track record of mentoring in theatre and leading to mounting a production
  • Be able to understand and / or speak three African languages

Interested applicants to submit a one pager motivation indicating their experience working as Director or mentor  in theatrical production. Outlining their experience in working with community arts organizations. A detailed CV.

Applicants should be available on 15 -17 December 2023 and from 16 January to 1 March 2024

Applications should be sent via email to:

Closing date: 04 December 2023