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Tuesday, August 11, 2020


(Tshiamo Mokgadi. Image courtesy of Nathi Khumalo)

The Market Theatre Foundation welcomes back Tshiamo Mokgadi in the position of Chief Executive Officer of the Market Theatre Foundation (MTF) who started August 1, 2020.

Mokgadi’s passion for the creative industry and her work experience, which is centred mostly on planning, financing and administration, gave her competitive edge over other candidates.

Her in-depth knowledge comes from over a decade experience in cultural and theatre management, at three major cultural institutions: the Market Theatre Foundation in Johannesburg, the Playhouse Company in Durban, and the State Theatre in Pretoria. Her academic background includes a BA degree in Dramatic Arts from Wits University, and a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from Henley Business School. Serving in the three highlighted institutions where she worked in different administrative and technical roles in the arts creation process – giving her an appreciation and understanding of what it takes to successfully create art and run publicly funded performing arts centres – experience a few could speak of.

As Arts Manager of the Playhouse Company, she was responsible for designing artistic programmes and pre-selecting possible productions for inclusion in the annual production plan. In addition, all budgets, finances and contracts for the Artistic divisions were her responsibility. She was tasked with the overall strategic planning of the divisions as well as conceptualising, planning and implementing skills development plans and the advancement of training interventions for would-be theatre practitioners and their groups for either the AD and/or CEO’s input or approval.

Talking about her appointment, Mokgadi said: “I am determined to continue the Market Theatre Foundation momentum based on our differentiated offering, which resonates strongly with our constituency. Our unique blend of culture, education, innovation, photography, diversity and most importantly our competitive spirit will propel us to even greater things. There are so many opportunities available and I see my role as an enabler, clearing the way for our teams to innovate and optimise our delivery internally and externally”

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