Theatre Arts Admin Collective’s Emerging Theatre Directors Bursary 2017

The Theatre Arts Admin Collective (TAAC) is calling for applications for the 2017 Emerging Theatre Directors Bursary – in partnership with the Distell Foundation.

MyChildrenMyAfrica Sihle Mnqwazana, Kate Pinchuck, Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi Mahlatsi Mokgonyana (director Photo by Jesse Kramer

This year, TAAC are offering two bursaries to emerging Cape Town-based black women directors. Students at both an undergraduate and post-graduate level will not be considered.

As Caroline Calburn, director of TAAC, explains; “Young black women directors represent a small percentage of the overall profile of the Emerging Theatre Director’s Bursary (ETDB) winners over the last seven years. This has to change. There are so many astounding and highly talented black women with the potential to be groundbreaking directors. All they need is opportunity. May this bursary be the springboard to realise that.”

The bursary was pioneered in 2010 and has since provided opportunities to nineteen young directors, most of whom are prolific directors making a wide range of work and winning numerous awards.

Notable winners include, Kim Kerfoot who won the Fleur du Cap Best Young Director for Statements After An Arrest Under the Immorality Act in 2013, Nicola Elliott who went on to win the 2014 Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Dance, Khayelihle Dom Gumede who won the Naledi Award for Best Director in 2016 for Crepuscule, and Jason Jacobs, a 2016 winner, who has been named the Featured Young Artist for KKNK for 2017.

Previous winners of this bursary also include Amy Jephta, Tara Louise Notcutt, Pusetso Thibedi, Thando Doni, Alan Parker, Phala Ookeditse Phala, Bulelani Mabutyana, Mahlatsi Mokgonyana, Wynne Bredenkamp and Ameera Conrad.

The Bursary offers emerging theatre directors a mentor, a small budget, a month’s rehearsal space, and a week of performance at the Theatre Arts Admin Collective. It is recommended that directors work with already existing scripts as the month-long period has proved insufficient for devised work.

Amy Jephta, the first recipient of the bursary in 2010 says the following about the opportunity; “It offers a new, young voice the chance to explore and create in an environment where there is no worrying about where the money will come from, which space will be used, or how the product will be sold. What I found most encouraging was the fact that, from day one of receiving this bursary, I was given free reign of the decision making process which would bring my play to life…. I was able to learn the nuts and bolts of the production process.”

TAAC is a busy and thriving centre where diversity is supported and celebrated. The same day could see a meeting with a distinguished veteran of the arts to a young director ploughing hard at her trade. This melting pot extends not only to experience but to culture and form too. The rehearsal spaces pulsate with variety – from dance and performance provocation to musicals.

“The Emerging Theatre Director’s Bursary is the only opportunity of its kind in South Africa, and for a young/emerging director that makes it exceptionally valuable,” says Kim Kerfoot, one of the 2011 winners. “It is a wonderful environment in which to find yourself, full of people that want you and your work to succeed, and are willing to do everything within their power to make that happen,” he adds.

The Bursary is specifically designed for emerging theatre directors who have had some experience in directing and who dream of a career as a theatre director.

The bursaries will take place between April and July 2017.

If you are an emerging black woman director and would like to seize this opportunity please submit a 1-page creative proposal, your CV (including two references with contact details), and an indication of your preferred date to by Friday 10 March 2017. The bursary winners will be announced on Wednesday 22 March 2017. For enquiries call Caroline on 021 447 3683.

TAAC are hoping that during the course of the year, they will have raised sufficient funds for a further two bursaries. These will be opened up nationally to all emerging theatre directors.


Hot This March: Jack Parow Plus New Shows First On ShowMax

Watch these shows first on ShowMax – that’s right – we’ve got them before anyone else in South Africa.

Younger S3 – 99% on Rotten Tomatoes

Season 3 is hotter than ever. Don’t miss this lighthearted and fun show about a 40-something pretending she’s 26. From the creators of Sex and The City.

War and Peace S1 – 83% on Rotten Tomatoes

This Emmy-nominated six-part BBC adaptation of Tolstoy’s classic is breath-taking in its scope, sets and costumes. Three young aristocrats search for love and meaning, but their lives are about to change forever.

But that’s not all. Check out the full list of what’s coming up – from The Good Wife S7 to Marvel’s Agents of Shield – here:

And…. even that’s not all. Here’s some fresh news about Jack Parow’s hot show, coming to ShowMax on 1 March:

30 days. 9 provinces. 1 crazy ride with Jack Parow. Dis Hoe Ons Rol is coming to ShowMax


DStv Brings Hot New Series Premieres To The Streaming Space, For All!

DStv is bringing the premiere episodes of two of the hottest new shows on television to the streaming space for everyone to enjoy, hot on the heels of their debuts on M-Net and M-Net Edge.

The first episodes of Big Little Lies, starring Oscar winners Nicole Kidman and Reece Witherspoon and produced by Ally McBeal’s David E. Kelley and Crashing, produced by Girls Helmer Judd Apatow, will be available for streaming, for all users on

There is no need to subscribe, or log in to watch the premiere episodes – simply click through to to start streaming episode one of Big Little Lies and Crashing from today.

“We continue to explore new ways for our users to experience DStv’s fantastic offering of global content,” says Graeme Cumming, head of DStv Digital Media. “Making the premiere episodes of shows like Big Little Lies and Crashing available for streaming to all on, just 24-hours after they become available on DStv, is another evolutionary step for us in providing different viewing opportunities for our audience”.

DStv customers can continue to watch the full seasons of Big Little Lies on M-Net on Wednesdays at 20:30 and Crashing on M-Net Edge on Tuesdays at 00:30 Express from the U.S., or Fridays at 21:40 prime time. DStv Premium customers can also watch the entire seasons of both shows on DStv Now.

A subversive, seven-episode miniseries with an ensemble cast that includes Oscar winners Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon, Big Little Lies is a dark comedy drama exploring a tale of murder and mischief – while unravelling society’s myth of perfection and the contradictions that exist beneath the idealised pretence of marriage, sex, parenting and friendship. The stellar, ensemble cast includes Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern, Zoë Kravitz and Alexander Skarsgård.

In Crashing, Pete is a sheltered suburbanite who is married to his childhood sweetheart and dreams of making it as a stand-up comedian. But when he finds out his wife is cheating on him, Pete’s world unravels, forcing him to re-evaluate his priorities. Created by and starring comedian Pete Holmes and featuring a host of comedians playing themselves, Crashing is produced by Girls and Bridesmaids’ Judd Apatow.

DStv Now can be accessed online at or through the app for tablets and smartphones. The app is free to download on the Google Play Store or Apple App Store and is available to all DStv customers.

Live streaming channels and DStv Catch Up content are currently available to all DStv Premium customers and data costs will apply when streaming content.


M-Net Movies Showcase To Air Late Bill Paxton’s Twister!

M-Net Movies Showcase channel 107 will air the movie Twister (today, 27 February at 18:20), in memory of late actor Bill Paxton, who passed away on Saturday 25 February after complications from surgery.

For many years Paxton worked steadily as an actor in Hollywood and has appeared in several blockbusters including Titanic, Aliens, Twister, Tombstone, True Lies, Apollo 13, U-571 and Vertical Limit. In addition, he’s worked as a producer on the feature film Traveller, and as a director on Frailty and The Greatest Game Ever Played.

Moving to Hollywood from Fort Worth, Texas at 18, Paxton began his career as a set dresser on Roger Corman’s, Big Bad Mama. After working in the art department on several features, he moved to New York to study acting. Returning to Los Angeles in 1980, he met James Cameron while moonlighting as a set dresser on the low-budget sci-fi movie Galaxy of Terror. Subsequently he landed his first acting jobs, in the B-horror movies Mortuary and Night Warning.

After gaining critical attention in the John Hughes comedy Weird Science, Paxton’s performance as the small-town sheriff in Carl Franklin’s One False Move marked his emergence as a leading man. In 1998, Roger Ebert cited Paxton as his best actor choice for his turn as Hank Mitchell in Sam Raimi’s A Simple Plan. In addition, he received a Golden Globe® nomination that year for his performance as Colonel John Paul Vann in HBO’s A Bright Shining Lie.

Paxton is also known as a cult favourite for his work in movies, including Near Dark, Boxing Helena, Streets of Fire, The Dark Backward and Broken Lizard’s Club Dread. Other credits include Mighty Joe Young, Thunderbirds, Trespass, Indian Summer, The Evening Star, Pass the Ammo, Frank and Jesse, Navy Seals, Predator 2 and The Vagrant.

Paxton is the first and only actor to have visited the wreck site of the Titanic with James Cameron for the documentary Ghosts of the Abyss, making four descents two and a half miles down to the bottom of the North Atlantic.

May his soul rest in peace.


Winners List For The 89th Oscars

Best supporting actor
  • WINNER: Mahershala Ali (Moonlight)
  • Jeff Bridges (Hell or High Water)
  • Lucas Hedges (Manchester by the Sea)
  • Dev Patel (Lion)
  • Michael Shannon (Nocturnal Animals)
Best makeup and hairstyling
Best costume design
Best documentary
  • Fire at Sea
  • I Am Not Your Negro
  • Life, Animated
  • WINNER: OJ: Made in America
  • 13th
Best sound editing
Best sound mixing
Best supporting actress
  • WINNER: Viola Davis (Fences)
  • Naomie Harris (Moonlight)
  • Nicole Kidman (Lion)
  • Octavia Spencer (Hidden Figures)
  • Michelle Williams (Manchester by the Sea)
Best foreign language film
  • Land of Mine
  • A Man Called Ove
  • WINNER: The Salesman
  • Tanna
  • Toni Erdmann
Best animated short
  • Blind Vaysha
  • Borrowed Time
  • Pear Cider and Cigarettes
  • Pearl
  • WINNER: Piper
Best animated feature
  • Kubo and the Two Strings
  • Moana
  • My Life As a Zucchini
  • The Red Turtle
  • WINNER: Zootopia
Best production design
Best visual effects
Best film editing
Best documentary short
  • 4.1 Miles
  • Extremis
  • Joe’s Violin
  • Watani: My Homeland
  • WINNER: The White Helmets
Best live-action short
  • Ennemis Interieurs
  • La Femme et le TGV
  • Silent Nights
  • WINNER: Sing
  • Timecode
Best cinematography
Best score
Best song
  • Audition (La La Land)
  • Can’t Stop the Feeling! (Trolls)
  • WINNER: City of Stars (La La Land)
  • The Empty Chair (Jim: The James Foley Story)
  • How Far I’ll Go (Moana)
Best original screenplay
Best adapted screenplay
  • Arrival
  • Fences
  • Hidden Figures
  • Lion
  • WINNER: Moonlight
Best director
  • Denis Villeneuve (Arrival)
  • Mel Gibson (Hacksaw Ridge)
  • WINNER: Damien Chazelle (La La Land)
  • Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea)
  • Barry Jenkins (Moonlight)
Best actor
  • WINNER: Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea)
  • Andrew Garfield (Hacksaw Ridge)
  • Ryan Gosling (La La Land)
  • Viggo Mortensen (Captain Fantastic)
  • Denzel Washington (Fences)
Best actress
  • Isabelle Huppert (Elle)
  • Ruth Negga (Loving)
  • WINNER: Emma Stone (La La Land)
  • Natalie Portman (Jackie)
  • Meryl Streep (Florence Foster Jenkins)
 Best picture