Monday, January 30, 2012

Bursaries for Directors, Auditions, Photography and more in this issue

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Emerging Theatre Directors bursary applications
The Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA), Theatre Arts
Admin Collective and the Baxter Theatre Centre are calling for applications.
The 2012 Emerging Theatre Director's Bursary offers an emerging theatre
director a mentor, a small budget, a month's rehearsal space and a week of
performance at the Theatre Arts Admin Collective. It is recommended that
directors work with already existing scripts as the month-long period has
proved insufficient for devised work.
Previous winners of this bursary include Amy Jephta, Tara Louise Notcutt,
Asanda Phewa, Leopold Senekal, Pusetso Thibedi, Kim Kerfoot and Tsepo
"The Emerging Theatre Director's Bursary is the only opportunity of its kind
in South Africa, and for a young/emerging director that makes it
exceptionally valuable," said Kim Kerfoot, one of the 2011 winners. "It is a
wonderful environment in which to find yourself, full of people that want
you and your work to succeed, and are willing to do everything within their
power to make that happen," he added.
"For me this was a way in, a chance to let the South African theatre
industry know that, even though you may not know who we are, we are out
there working, creating magical stories for the people that are willing to
lend their ears and eyes, even if it is just for a single moment of escape,"
said Pusetso Thibedi, another 2011 winner.
The 2012 bursaries will run over two periods:
Bursary 1 11th April to 19th May
Bursary 2 20th June - 27th July
The Bursary is specifically designed for emerging theatre directors who have
had some experience in directing and whose passion is to have a career as a
theatre director.
The Emerging Theatre Director's Bursary is part of the GIPCA Directors and
Directing programme and requires both awardees to participate in the 3-day
colloquium that takes place towards the end of July.
GIPCA is running a host of colloquiums throughout 2012 that cover a range of
themes: race, identity, representation, culture, dance and climate-change.
If your proposal fits into one of these themes, please indicate. It must be
noted that this will not give your proposal preference.
If you are an emerging director and would like to grab this opportunity
please submit: a 1-page creative proposal; your CV including 2 references
with contact details and indication of your preferred date to by Friday 17 February 2012. The Bursary will be
announced on Friday 2 March 2012.
About the Theatre Arts Admin Collective: The aim of the Theatre Arts Admin
Collective (in partnership with the Gordon Institute for the Performing and
Creative Arts and the Baxter Theatre Centre) is to provide opportunity and
affordable access to resources and training for theatre practitioners and
arts administrators by:
- Providing affordable and accessible space to both create and perform new
- Supporting directors and playwrights in the development of skills and the
creation of new South African work.
- Contributing to the development of a stronger and more skilled theatre
community through dialogue, mentorship and programmes of activity.
- Facilitating the hand-over of experience, skill and knowledge from the
older generation of theatre makers to the young and merging generation of
theatre makers.
About GIPCA: The University of Cape Town's Gordon Institute for Performing
and Creative Arts (GIPCA) facilitates new collaborative and
interdisciplinary creative research projects in the disciplines of Music,
Dance, Fine Art, Drama, Creative Writing, Film and Media Studies.
Interdisciplinarity is a key theme of the institute and projects are imbued
with innovation, collaboration and dialogue with urbanism and community.
GIPCA was launched in December 2008 with a substantial grant from Sir Donald
Gordon, founder of Liberty Life. An Advisory Board comprising Heads of
Departments of all Performing and Creative Arts Departments at UCT helps to
shape contexts for the instigation and development of projects by students
and staff, as well as a wide range of institutions and individuals outside
the university. For more information on the 2011 GIPCA programme, visit, or phone 021 480 7156.
GIPCA Director: Associate Professor Jay Pather
GIPCA Project Manager: Adrienne van Eeden-Wharton
Chair of the GIPCA Board: Professor Paula Ensor
About the Baxter Theatre Centre: The Baxter Theatre Centre provides an
exciting forum for the celebration of life which is the essence of live
theatre, music and dance. It is one of the major live theatre venues in Cape
Town and has always been at the forefront of the performing arts both as a
popular venue and as a leading producer. See for current
and future productions and initiatives.

Off The Wall Plays – the online play publishers and distributors
Off the Wall Plays, serves two functions: to sell plays and accept plays from aspiring writers, who otherwise, would struggle to get their plays published. The company aims to publish as many good quality plays submitted by ordinary folks. The plays are published on the website. The plays are copyrighted by Off The Wall Plays, and the authors receive royalties every time their play is bought.
Contact Claire Demmer;
Address: 273 Cromwell Road, Lombardy East, South Africa, 2090
Phone: 011 443 6690
Cell/Mobile: 073 205 5708

Presenter Competition: 5 February 2012 (National)
The Jo-Ann Strauss Presenter Search is an amazing opportunity for those who want to test their presenting skills and possibly enter an exciting world in the media industry.  Jo-Ann is constantly asked how to get into the media industry and has developed this platform to give talented soon-to-be presenters a chance to experience a fantastic introduction to their dream career! to enter submit a youtube video clip on
Closing date: 5 February 2012
4 finalists selected: 15 February 2012
Winner Announced: 5 May 2012

National Arts Council Call for applications for funding 2012: 2 March 2012
The National Arts Council invites individuals and registered organisations active in theatre, dance, crafts, literature, music, multi-discipline and visual arts to submit their applications for project funding. Applications are invited for projects that will impact on the arts in the society/ communities.

Post- graduate students wishing to pursue international arts studies are also invited to apply. Please note that the NAC will have only ONE funding session for project funding in 2012.
Closing date: 02 March 2012
Outcomes date: 03 June 2012
Visit the Arts Council web site for the application form,

Volunteer Position: Cape Town TV
Cape Town Television is in the process of recruiting its crew members for this year’s in-productions. All of the in-house productions will either be filmed in the morning between 7:00 – 8:30 and the evenings from 17:30 – 22:00.  Contact person Michelle Nienhuis, Cape Town TV, 021 448 0448

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