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The prodigal daughter: Tshiamo Mokgadi makes a triumphant return to the Market Theatre as CEO

Tshiamo Mokgadi new Market Theatre Foundation CEO
PHOTO © Nathi Khumalo

CF: Would you mind also telling us as well a bit about your upbringing – have you always been exposed to the world of performance?
TM: I grew up in Mamelodi, very strict parents (😒), so everything was pretty much limited to what was offered at school – Loreto Convent. I think Mrs Duplessis, around grade 10, was the first teacher to move the creative lessons to actual performance and production-making (from traditional choir to creative writing and speech).

CF: Your background is not just academic, you have had extensive practical experience at three major cultural institutions – the Market Theatre Foundation in Johannesburg, the Playhouse Company in Durban, and the State Theatre in Pretoria. Tell us more about these experiences and what you were involved in at these places.
TM: As Arts Manager, I was responsible for contributing to the designing of artistic programmes and pre-selecting possible productions for inclusion in the annual production plan. In addition, in both positions as Producer (at Market Theatre) and Arts Manager; all budgets, finances and contracts for the artistic divisions were my responsibility. I was tasked with the strategic planning of the divisions as well as conceptualising, planning and implementing skills development plans for would-be theatre practitioners and obtaining either the AD and/or CEO’s input or approval. As Production Manager, I was responsible for the stage services department – ensuring that all productions’ technical and staging needs, for the more than 100 productions staged annually, were met within allocated resources. 

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