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Thursday, August 3, 2017


Deadline: September 30, 2017

The Market Theatre Laboratory’s nationwide search for fresh, talented young actors, theatre-makers and storytellers began on August 1, 2017.

2018 Applications now open at the Market Theatre Laboratory

Applications for the Market Lab’s flagship programme, a two-year full-time course in Theatre and Performance, will open from August 1 until September 30, so if you are a gifted, determined individual who dreams about a career in the performing arts, don’t miss this amazing opportunity.

The Market Theatre Laboratory offers a unique curriculum that trains professionals in the performing arts field, providing an incubation space for young artists to find their voice and develop their craft. Students participate in intensive training in various theatre disciplines aimed at developing multi-skilled performances and critically engaged storytellers. They are also introduced to other job prospects in the industry through short courses in stage-management, writing, directing and design. This year, the Market Theatre Laboratory won a Gold Ovation Award at the National Arts Festival for Hani, a play written and performed by second year students, which attests to the rigorous training and brilliant teachers that the Lab offers.

Founded by Dr John Kani and Barney Simon in 1988, The Market Laboratory is the educational arm of the world-famous Market Theatre Foundation. It has trained exceptional performers and theatre-makers including three Standard Bank Young Artist of the Year winners, Monageng ‘Vice’ Motshabi (2017), Prince Lamla (2013) and Mncedisi Shabangu (2004), SAFTA Best Actor recipient Warren Masemola, Naledi Award winners Mahlatsi Mokgonyana and Billy Langa, and the winner of the 2016 Short Story Day Africa Prize for Short Fiction, Sibongile Fisher. Five Lab alumni were nominated for Naledi Awards in multiple categories in 2016, including Thabiso Ramalla, who also won a Gold Ovation Award at the National Arts Festival this year.

If you think you have what it takes, apply to attend this remarkable institution now, and find your artistic voice through an exciting, challenging and dynamic programme.

Application forms are available on the Market Theatre Laboratory website at, or can be fetched from the Market Lab offices at The Market Theatre Square.

Applications close on September 30 2017. For enquiries call Thandeka Nheke on 011 838 7498 or e-mail or