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Market Theatre appoints new CEO

Tshiamo Mokgadi has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer of the Market Theatre Foundation (MTF), and will take up her appointment on 1 August 2020. 

In announcing the appointment, the Council of the Market Theatre Foundation affirmed that Ms Mokgadi is no newcomer to corridors of this prestigious institution. Her in-depth knowledge comes from over a decade’s experience in cultural and theatre management, at three major cultural institutions – the Market Theatre Foundation in Johannesburg, the Playhouse Company in Durban, and the State Theatre in Pretoria. Her academic background includes a BA degree in Dramatic Arts from Wits University, and a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from Henley Business School.

Talking about her appointment, Mokgadi said, “It’s a privilege to be handed the baton to contribute to the leadership of this iconic African cultural institution. This is such an honour to be part of those people, who I have always looked up to. Since my formative years at school, I wanted to be part of the fold that leads and continues to contribute to the creative economy and cultural business success, rooted in the arts.”  

During her previous tenure at the Market Theatre, Tshiamo worked as Producer and brings extensive knowledge and first-hand understanding to the MTF’s operations.

Ms Mokgadi’s return to the MTF, is like the coming home of one of its own after they have honed their skills and knowledge elsewhere. The MTF Council has faith that, after a tumultuous period for our institution, she has the requisite skillset and persona to lead the organisation through the current challenges posed the COVID-19 pandemic in the performing arts sector and beyond.

Tshiamo has worked her way through the ranks of the cultural landscape with tenacity and commitment, and the Council has confidence that together, the image of the Market Theatre Foundation, which includes the Market Theatre Laboratory, Photo Workshop, Windybrow Arts Centre and the prestigious Market Theatre, can be restored. 

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