Changing the world one child at a time - TRANSFORMING SOCIETY THROUGH CHILDREN'S THEATRE 

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ASSITEJ South Africa Annual Report August 2013 - July 2014

ASSITEJ South Africa is a registered NPO (066-875) established in 2007, which operates as a networking platform for people working with or interested in theatre for children and young people. It aims to promote and foster high quality theatre for children and young people, to raise standards within the industry, to increase access and awareness, to be an advocate for the right of every child to arts education in schools, and to build relationships within the sector locally, nationally, across the continent and globally.

Members (present in all provinces)  include: actors, musicians, dancers, directors, choreographers, theatre educators, stage designers and dramatists, as well as theatre companies, organisations and institutions, critics and cultural journalists, cultural officers, amateur drama groups, organizers, societies and other networks.  

ASSITEJ South Africa works to promote international awareness of South African theatre for children and young people, through networking, organising exchanges, touring performances, and by facilitating contacts. Members are given access to a global network of information about festivals, performances, courses and seminars all over the world, with the potential to participate in these activities. 

ASSITEJ South Africa is generously supported by the National Lotteries Commission, the National Arts Council of South Africa, and Rand Merchant Bank. Other funders, supporters and partners include the HCI Foundation, the Distell Foundation, the Kids of the Cape, the City of Cape Town, Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport, the Department of Arts and Culture, Business and Arts South Africa, the Cape Tercentenary Foundation, Buz Publicity, Splitbeam Gearhouse, Theatre Arts Admin Collective, the National Arts Festival, The National School of the Arts and the Festival of Fame, Artscape, Baxter Theatre, CATHSSETA, Ruth & Anita Wise Trust, Lorenzo and Stella Chiappini Charitable Trust, Puppetry South Africa, The Arts and Culture Trust and Nedbank Arts Affinity, Institut Francaise, Alliance Francaise, Africalia, Pro Helvetia, SIDA, Goethe Institut, Tullow Oil, Copy Dog Productions, Mandela Bay Development Agency, Speeltheater Holland Studio, Bush Radio, FMR, and Cape Town Television. They have also been supported by the UNESCO International Fund for Cultural Diversity for their Theatre4Youth project.

Board Members

Sherri Le Mottee - Chairperson (Western Cape)
Ismail Mahomed – Vice Chairperson (Gauteng)
Lorraine Tanner - Secretary (Western Cape)


Jamie Mclaren Lachman (Western Cape)
Jayne Batzofin (Western Cape)
Selloane Mokuku (Gauteng)
Janet Watts (Gauteng)
Russel Hlongwane (KZN)


Yvette Hardie National Director
Lee van der Westhuizen Finance and Operations Manager
Yusrah Bardien     Communications and Marketing Manager
Jaqueline Dommisse Cradle of Creativity: Festival Director
Nikki Froneman         Cradle of Creativity: Relationships Manager
Libie Nel Cradle of Creativity: Production Manager
Jeanette Isaacman             Cradle of Creativity:  Project Assistant
Alison Green     Education Project Manager
Thembile Tshuma     Education Project Assistant
Faye Kabali-Kagwa Theatre4Youth: WC Administrator
Pauline Dalais     Theatre4Youth: KZN  Administrator
Themba Maseko  Theatre4Youth: GP Administrator
Tiego Shametja Theatre4Youth Rep: North West
Keitumetse Audrey Tlokana Theatre4Youth Rep: Limpopo
Lethlogonolo Nche Theatre4Youth Rep: Northern Cape
Khetiwe Sibisi Theatre4Youth Rep: Mpumalanga
Lifetime Members
Companies Individuals    
Green Goose Collective Yusrah Bardien
Copy Dog Caroline Calburn



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