Art & Theatre

Call for Producers, Directors, Script-Writers, Funding Proposals, Musicians

Call for proposals for Director and Production

for the RAINBOW Young Performer’s

Musical Theatre Project 2014

PANSA (KZN) is calling for proposals for Director and Production of the 2014 RAINBOW Young Performers Project.

We are calling for production ideas and a director.  The selection of both production and director will be made based on the following criteria (Please read them carefully as failure to comply will result in immediate disqualification):


a. It should be a production suitable to be played by a predominantly high school cast.  This means that there should be enough good roles for young people to be able to extend themselves both musically and dramatically.

b. The rights for the production should be available.

c. The production should have some commercial potential.

d. The production should have some theatrical value in the context of theatre in South Africa.

e. The production should be able to be produced to the highest possible standard within a very tight budget.


a. The Director should have a proven professional track record at the highest level.

b. The Director should have proven experience in working with young people at the highest level.

c. The Director should be fully available for the rehearsal period, which will last for at least three (3) months over consecutive weekends, and a few weeks in the holidays.

d. The Director should have a proven track record in Production Management, including managing the Set Design, Costume Design, Lighting Design and Musical Direction.

e. The Director should be cognoscente that the fees for directing are in keeping with a charity event, which in the case of this project is approximately a third of the going rate for Musical Theatre.

Please note: the Director should be based in Kwa-Zulu Natal.  Any proposals from out of the province will not be considered.

A one page proposal, motivation, and CV should be emailed to Radwinn van Wyk, PANSA KZN Co-ordinator, at by close of business, Friday 7th February, 2014.


We are looking for four script writers to participate in the Twist
Novel-Script Project in Grahamstown from Monday 30 June to Monday 7
July, 2014.
The Novel-Script project brings together selected writers from South
Africa, the Netherlands and Zimbabwe in a dynamic professional writer’s
development programme. The seven-day programme is a master-class for
writers, mentored by the award winning poet and playwright, Kobus
Moolman. Participants are provided with travel, accommodation, a per
deum, and an invaluable experience.

This is a professional programme, and writers must be mid-career, and
meet the following criteria:

•Fluency in writing and conversing in English,
•Experience with having staged at least 2 of their own original scripts
on the professional stage,
•Computer literacy, and own lap-top for the duration of the project,
•Openness to constructive criticism and workshop processes,
•Full availability over the period Monday 30 June to Monday 7 July,
•The project does involve some preparation, and participants must be
willing to complete an assignment in May.

Applicants should email an application to by
Monday 17 February
Applications MUST include the following:

1) A short one-page Curriculum Vitae containing the following:
Personal Information
Relevant Education and Training
Theatre Writing Experience

2) A short motivation for acceptance to the workshop, with names and
contact details of two theatre-related referees

3) A short 3 – 8 page sample of an original theatre script (please do
not send the full script).

Applicants will be contacted by the end of March regarding the outcome
of the selection process.

The Novel-Script Project is co-ordinated by Twist Theatre Development
Projects in association with the National Arts Festival. Twist Projects
is supported by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund.

Call for applications for funding 2014: Arts Projects and International Bursaries

The National Arts Council hereby invites individuals and registered arts organisations in the performing arts (theatre, dance, music and multi-discipline) to submit their applications for project funding.

Closing date: 28 February 2014
Outcomes date: 31 May 2014

Applications are invited for projects of national significance that are involved in the creation of new works, arts development, arts promotion, facilitate access to the arts and markets. Furthermore, applications that have a strong community base and have been conceived in collaboration with others working in similar fields will be preferable. Projects that celebrate the 20 years anniversary of freedom and democracy are also encouraged to apply. Please note that projects involved in Literature, Visual Arts and Crafts will be invited during the course of the year.

Post-graduate students wishing to pursue arts studies abroad in the fields of Craft, Dance, Literature, Multi-discipline, Music, Theatre and Visual Arts are also invited to apply. Students willing to access NAC funding should be prepared to return to and work in South Africa to support the development of the arts in the country.

Conditions for acceptance of applications:

– All relevant sections of the application form must be filled in completely;

– All requested documentation must be submitted with the application form;

– Applications must be submitted on or before 28 February 2014.

This invitation is also open to arts organisations and individuals that support the involvement of women, youth and people living with disabilities.

Please note that late and incomplete applications will not be considered at all and no exceptions will be made. Application forms and funding guidelines are available from the National Arts Council office or can be downloaded

For more information, contact the Arts Development Officers at the NAC office.

National Arts Council, PO Box 500, Newtown, 2113
66 Margaret Mcingana Street, Market Theatre Precinct, Newtown, 2113
Tel: 011 838 1383
Fax 011 838 6363

Hundreds of young musicians are expected to apply to audition for a place in the prestigious South African National Youth Orchestra.

This year the Foundation boasts a whole series of Nationals courses and programmes for young orchestral musicians between the ages of 13 and 25 that have attained a minimum Grade 6 music level. The courses help to equip young people with the skills to perform in a professional musical environment, and introduce them to a necessary network of fellow musicians. In the orchestra’s big celebration year they will be performing in the pit for Vuyani Dance Theatre’s 15th anniversary production “Full Moon” in April/May in Johannesburg, then the National Youth Wind Orchestra will gather in Durban in June/July for the Sasol Winter Course and in December the National Youth Orchestra for 2014 will play alongside National Youth Orchestra alumni spanning its five decades, starting in Stellenbosch and Cape Town and doing a tour of South Africa.

The orchestra has appeared on stage with some of the worlds’ best, among them Sir Roger Norrington, Gérard Korsten, Judith Sephuma and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. The Archbishop had this to say about the orchestra, “Music is important in the lives of young people, it is rare not to see a young person engrossed in music. The National Youth Orchestra is important because it opens up another world of music to the youth. It allows them to become makers of the music not just listeners. Youth in South Africa have so many opportunities available to them and my hope is that they are able to engage themselves fully in these opportunities.”

To make the courses open to all who wish to attend, bursaries, scholarships and payment plans are available. Applications are now open, and can be completed online on their website Applications close on 28 February 2014. Young musicians wishing to apply must play an orchestral instrument, be of at least Grade 6 music level and be resident in Southern Africa. To apply visit or e-mail

 (Source – Pansa)
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