Joburg City Theatres (JCT) announced this week that James Ngcobo will be appointed as their new Artistic Director. He will be responsible for developing and implementing an artistic vision for JCT’s 10 spaces at Joburg Theatre, Roodepoort Theatre and Soweto Theatre including the newly refurbished Jabulani Amphitheatre, as well as contribute to the City of Joburg’s reputation as one of the country’s most vibrant cultural cities.
Ngcobo is an award-winning actor and director. He has worked in theatre, television and film as an actor, producer and director over the years, and was also the first black Artistic Director of the Market Theatre Foundation, appointed in 2013.
Says CEO of JCT, Xoliswa Nduneni-Ngema:
‘We are pleased to welcome James. He brings the experience and expertise to elevate JCT’s offering in continuing to deliver quality performing arts and entertainment productions that are attractive to both traditional and regular theatre goers, but also to new and diverse audiences.’
Zane Meas, Chairperson of the JCT Board of Directors adds:
‘I have known James for many years, and we have worked together on a number of projects. We are excited for him joining the Joburg City Theatres team and to see the fresh energy and ideas that he will come with. The Board is looking forward to a great working relationship with James as we know his work and work ethic throughout the years. May this be a long and fruitful period not only for him but also for Joburg City Theatres.’
A history of collaboration
Ngcobo is no stranger to JCT stages and the City of Joburg arts programmes. He was appointed as an Artistic Director for Arts Alive from 2009 to 2011 where he was responsible for the curation of an enriching cultural programme for the residents of Johannesburg as well as ensuring that all genres of performance and music were represented. In 1998 at the then Johannesburg Civic Theatre (now Joburg Theatre), he featured in Waiting for Godot and has also worked with Janice Honeyman in various pantomimes. In 2012, Ngcobo directed The Suitcase which was staged as the very first production to open the Soweto Theatre doors. He recently co-produced, with the Market Theatre and Roodepoort Theatre, an Afrikaans classic play titled Kamphoer in February 2021, a one-woman show with Sandra Prinsloo which won two Naledi Awards in 2022 for Best Original Score / Arrangement / Adaptation and Best Performance in a Solo Production.
Ngcobo will step into the role of Artistic Director from 1 July 2022.