The Council of the Market Theatre Foundation has announced the appointment of James Ngcobo as the new Artistic Director for the Market Theatre.
Kwanele Gumbi, Chairman of Council, announced on Thursday that Ngcobo has accepted Council’s offer to become the next Artistic Director, with effect from August 1.
Commenting on the appointment, Mr Gumbi said, “We are delighted that Mr Ncgobo has accepted our offer. He brings a wealth of experience and skills to the Market Theatre, having worked in theatre for 24 years. James is a logical successor to the current AD, Prof Malcolm Purkey, having directed numerous productions locally and abroad.”
In 2012 Ngcobo directed a piece about the Centenary of the ANC and toured ‘Songs of Migration’ with Hugh Masekela to Hackney Empire (London) and the Kennedy Centre (Washington DC). His adaption of Eskia Mpahlele’s ‘The Suitcase’ officially opened the Soweto Theatre in May 2012. He also directed ‘Boesman & Lena’, which won two Fleur du Cap awards in 2013.
“I am looking forward to this challenging task to be in a dynamic cultural institution that mirrors the society it seeks to serve.” Ngcobo said. “I will be coming with all the humility and a clear understanding that this is an organization that is revered for making edgy work that caters for diverse audiences. In such changing times and an evolving country; we need to choose narratives that speak to that landscape.”
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