Friday, October 28, 2011

28 October 2011 Arts, Directing, Writing in this weeks magazine

Pansa just sent us this release.

PANSA National
Call for Entries for PANSA 5th Festival of Reading of New Writing: 14 December 2011
PANSA is proud to announce the 5th PANSA Festival of Reading of New Writing with generous sponsorship from the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF) to be held in April 2012. The aims of the Festival are to generate original South African theatre works, to provide a platform for these works to reach the attention of theatre producers, and to work towards full-scale productions of the winning plays. 
The deadline for entries is Wednesday December 14, 2011.
The full article is on the PANSA web site

Director's Workshop: 7 - 11 November 2011
The course run by Graduate Connection is for 18 participants, 2 from each province. We Already have 7 so there are 11 places left.
It will last for 5 days.
It will be held at the Old Mutual Theatre on the Square in JHB
The workshop will be conducted by 4 of SA's leading professional theatre directors and is sponsored by the NLDTF. Workshop leaders include award winning director's Themi Venturas, Mpho Molepo, Charmaine Weir-Smith and others.

Successful candidates will be flown to JHB and accommodated for the duration of the workshop. The KZN and EC places have already been filled. We seek WC, North West, and Free State, Limpopo and Mpumalanga candidates.

Further enquiries can be directed to Themi Venturas who is the workshop co-ordinator or to Lerato Molemong on

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

19 October 2011


PANSA KZN (Performing Arts Network of SA, KZN chapter) &

VANSA KZN (Visual Arts Network of SA, KZN chapter) &
 Centre for Fine Art, Animation and Design (CFAD)

An Arts Savvy day long workshop

Presented by Greg Streak
CFAD:  Saturday 22 October

Multi award winning, internationally-acclaimed South African contemporary visual artist Greg Streak is hosting an intensive day-long workshop aimed at developing creative thought and critical thinking, at the Centre for Fine Art, Animation and Design (CFAD) in Morningside, on Saturday 22 October, as part of the ongoing Arts Savvy workshop series hosted jointly by PANSA KZN (Performing Arts Network of SA, KZN chapter), VANSA KZN (Visual Arts Network of SA, KZN chapter) and CFAD.

Streak has lectured on this topic over the years at DUT Department of Fine Arts and VEGA school of brand innovation. This component has always been in such demand, that Streak has formulated years of practice and experience into a one day hands-on workshop.
Greg Streak is an interdisciplinary practitioner working in sculpture, video, installation and documentary film-making. He is the creative director at Source Creative which looks to facilitate meaningful dialogue between corporates, businesses, city planners and the visual arts.
The workshop will be held in three parts: firstly the need for flexibility in which Streak examines the current environment of rapid change and new technology.
Critical thinking is essential before applying creative thinking.  The second module looks at how one thinks critically. We will look at numerous examples of why it is necessary to be able to think critically, from the tricks of food advertising to the gritty and real realities of social networking and general politics.

The main thrust of this workshop is the third module, which is Creative Thinking or how to think like a genius.

“Just to be sure: I cannot make you a Genius!” smiles Streak, “But what this aspect of the workshop deals with is an understanding of how the brain really works, and with that the realization that the brain is not actually designed in a way to think creatively. What we will address in this component is not only a basic background to thinking creatively, but we will look at various techniques that have been recognized as methods and means used by genius types to produce,”

The workshop examines the difference between reproductive and productive thinking, learning to see what no-one else is seeing;  making your thoughts visible and tangible in the world; connecting that which needs to be connected and looking at various other options, understanding the strength of group interaction to achieving complete problem solving. 

“By expanding on each of these aspects, a holistic and tangible set of examples are provided to facilitate in opening up your own ability to creatively solve any number of problems that get thrown up at you, be they personal dilemmas, company problems or the need to purely innovate,” explains Streak.

The workshop is suitable for practioners in the creative industries, entrepreneurs, innovators, educators and mangers.

As this day long workshop is partnered by PANSA, VANSA and CFAD, the workshop is available at R350 per person. The workshop starts at 8.30am for 9am prompt, and runs until 5pm.

PANSA and VANSA are the national umbrella civic networking organisations serving the performing and visual arts communities respectively. They are made up of industry volunteers who campaign, lobby and network on behalf of the performers and artists in KZN and facilitate projects and initiatives to improve the arts industry.

Arts Savvy is an initiative of the PANSA / VANSA KZN as a support project for their ongoing internship programme supported by Africalia to empower emerging arts practioners and encourage sustainable self-sufficiency. 

The workshop will be held at the CFAD new campus on the Berea: Portview, 183 Cowey / Problem Mkhize Road. This 100-year-old building is an Edwardian Villa with beautiful gardens and a charming authentic feature fountain and is a national monument.  

Booking is necessary for planning purposes – contact PANSA KZN administrator: Kovilen Moodley. Tel 082 569 4239 / / or VANSA KZN administrator: Thembeka Teekay Ngcemu. Tel 073 469 6407 / 031 303 4891 / /

For more info on the workshop visit and download the pdf. For more info on Greg Streak

All are welcome!!!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

12 October 2011 - Auditions

Just received this press release some Auditions coming up:

Press release from the Gay & Lesbian Network, Pietermaritzburg

The Gay & Lesbian Network wants to find new and exciting acting talent, which we feel exists in and around the Pietermaritzburg area, to form part of an Award winning Youth Theatre Company that has exciting plans for 2012.
The Network will be hosting drama auditions to identify acting or performing skills and to see what aspirant actors can bring to the group and future performances.
The Network is looking for actors who have a real passion for acting and sharing their skills with other young actors.
The following are the criteria to participate in the auditions:
1.    Preparing for the Audition:  participants should bring along a speech/monologue that has been prepared and learned by heart. This will be presented to the auditioning panel and other young members of the group. This can be a speech taken from a text or it can be something written by the participant.
It should be presented in ENGLISH and should be a maximum of three minutes in length.
2.    Bring a song or a poem to present to your audience.
This does not necessarily have to be in English, it can be in the home language of the participant.
3.    If the participant has a special talent such as dance/ mime or play a musical instrument, this could be demonstrated at the audition. The participant will need to inform the panel beforehand.

AT THE AUDITION: As well as the presentations indicated above, participants will be given a short two person scene where they will have twenty minutes to prepare with another actor.

This will show the ability at being able to work and interrelate with another actor on stage.
Participants will also participate in a thirty minute improvisation workshop with the whole group. This will demonstrate one’s ability to be creative, spontaneous and to be able to “think on your feet”, as well as being able to work in a larger group.
Finally, there will be an interview session where participants will be questioned on their passion and commitment to acting/performing and to being part of the Drama group, and their willingness to accept the strict rules governing punctuality and attendance at Workshops and Rehearsals.
This ensures that the group achieves the high professional standards expected in order to present continuing high quality performances.
The following are details of the drama auditions:
DATE OF AUDITIONS:      Saturday, 5 November 2011
TIME:                                     2PM
VENUE:                                 Studio Theatre, Hexagon University of KZN, Golf Rd, PMB
For more information please contact Ponie Ngcobo at 033-3426165 or email: or visit our office at 185 Burger Street,pmb

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

11 October 2011

Good day to you all.

What wonderful weather we are having in Umhlanga Today.

This week we have an audition for you.
Break a leg as they say ;)

The Barnyard Theatre in Gateway is looking for performers.  Male and Female vocalists
and musicians.  You must be between 19 - 35 years  Registration is on Thursday 20 October
at 9h30am at the Barnyard Theatre Gateway.  You must be willing to travel also.
Singers must prepare 2 songs, one must be a rock song.  Bring backing tracks.
Musicians must bring own instruments.

Enjoy the beach as well dear readers.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

5 October 2011

Welcome Readers

In this edition we have a new audition coming up and a workshop as well.

1.a minimum of two years full or part-time contemporary dance training and/or professional dance work
2.proven dance/arts education experience (formal and non-formal educational/arts environments will be considered) over the age of 21 years
4.writing and administration skills (English and/or isiZulu)
5.a valid South African passport computer literate (minimum of WORD)
[a valid South African driver’s licence will be an added benefit!]

Date: Monday 14 November
Venue: Dance Studio 2 (UKZN – Durban campus) – please ask Clare (company manager) for directions if you are not familiar with the venue.
Time: 1.30 – 2pm (registration and own warm-up)
2 – 4pm: audition class with Lliane Loots (Artistic Director)
For more info and to book your place Call the company manager
(Clare: 082 – 875 6065)


Entertainment Law Workshop

Venue: AFDA FILM SCHOOL, 41 FROST Street, Auckland Park, Johannesburg.
Date and Time: 15 OCTOBER 2011 at 09h00 to 15h00


In this workshop we will be addressing issues around copyright, deal points and entertainment law pertaining to writers as well as PRODUCT PLACEMENT.

Our esteemed guess speakers are:

Unathi Malunga and Hugh Melamdowitz:
This event is sponsored by the NFVF and Venue by AFDA

Entrance is free for WGSA MEMBERS and R500 for non-members. 

Members of the DFA, IPO, OSCASA, PMA, SAGA, SAGE, WOS, SATI, SAFREA, PEG as well as staff from the NFVF and AFDA staff and students who reserve their places via their member organisation will also be allowed free entrance.

Contact: to reserve your place. BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL. All charges can be paid into the WGSA banking account:

WGSA Bank details:
WGSA-General Account
Standard Bank, Melville
Branch No: 006105
Account No: 203745612


Kind Regards,

EJ (Thea) Aboud
Writers' Guild of South Africa

Mobile: 082 575 6901
Office: 011 888 4349

Well certainly looks like a great deal coming up all over South Africa.