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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: And finally, a very typical informal question: if you could invite five women from the world of the arts, dead or alive, to dinner during this women’s month celebration, who would you choose and why? And just for fun, what would you serve them?
TM: Lebogang Mphahlele – the ArtCountant (because ‘Creative Accountant’ would sound, well… 😂). A CA(SA) member who loves the arts and has a business servicing artists with all their business compliance issues (financial statements, tax returns, maintaining your books, etc.). She’s a fussy eater, but I know she loves Nandos so that’s the safest bet.
    Constance Mokhoantle – PR Manager and Motivational Speaker. She is passion and compassion personified. Very meticulous and leaves nothing to chance. I think I’d serve her some nice pasta – chicken, something creamy (not a tomato-based sauce).
    Yaël Farber – Sezar was one of the first shows I saw at the Market Theatre as a first-year student in JHB. I have found her interpretations of the classics refreshing and they strike the right balance between being accessible for a wider audience to enjoy and are quite creative while honouring the original spirit of the work. I think that balance is difficult to achieve but when done, can pay off quite well. I wonder if she’d enjoy roast chicken – I love chicken…
    Zinzi Mhlongo – she lived my dream and ran an independent venue for years. She diversified and managed a SAMA-winning artist. She’s a well-recognised director. She achieved most of these on her own. I think I’d invite her for a braai or a potjie around the fire.
    Annabell Lebethe – she’s a mean administrator. I used to secretly marvel at how she came in and made all the planning and reporting requirements looks easy. Roast lamb.

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