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Thursday, April 7, 2011


(Jerry Pooe. Pic by Val Adamson)

After serving as Stable Theatre’s Development Officer for a year and organising the venue’s programme schedule, well-known Durban playwright and director Jerry Pooe completes his contract at the end of April.

A key role player in the performing arts industry, Pooe majored in Speech and Drama at the then University of Natal (now UKZN). He has since devoted himself tirelessly to projects that focus on rural and community upliftment through the arts. He has written musicals and dramas which have toured nationally and internationally and he is a recipient of a Durban Theatre Award, a NATBEV Award and Future Leaders' Awards.

He has worked at the Playhouse Company as Cultural Development Officer and is a board member of Kwa-Culture and a KZN Drama Education Committee member, representing non-formal projects. He was a part-time drama lecturer at the Durban University of Technology and has worked for the KZN Department of Arts and Culture as a Deputy Director. He was appointed as a 2010 FIFA World Cup and Legacy programmes by DAC as an Artistic Director of Windybrow Theatre. His contract is continuing, he wants to focus on his contract by DAC.”

“It was a great pleasure contributing my expertise at the Stable Theatre,” says Jerry Pooe. “I gave Stable Theatre one year to strengthen programming which is the core business of the theatre. We successfully achieved this, Stable Theatre is now vibrant and policies have been developed. I am confident that Stable Theatre will continue to grow stronger and it is exciting that training programmes on dance, music and theatre will resume this year, which will culminate in performances. I wish Stable Theatre good luck and will always support the centre.”

Stable Theatre Chairperson, Thuli Dumakude, comments: “We will be sorry to see Jerry go and appreciate his considerable input during his time with us. However, we know that he will always hold Stable Theatre close to his heart as he is still part of the Arts Industry.”

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