LARA FOOT, Director and CEO of the Baxter Theatre Centre, is a multi-award winning playwright, director and author. She completed her BA (Hons) degree at Johannesburg’s Wits University in 1989 before attaining her Master’s degree at UCT in 2007.
Lara’s passion is the development of new indigenous work, young writers and directors. She has directed over 40 professional productions, 29 of which have been new South African plays. She was the founder of the Barney Simon Young Directors and Writers Festivals, and has been integral in the development of more than 35 new South African plays, including Tshepang, Hear And Now, Reach and Karoo Moose which have all toured internationally with great success and they are published by Wits Press and Oberon books.
Lara has won many awards, including the Fleur du Cap Award for Outstanding Young Director (1992), National Vita Award (shared with Athol Fugard) for Best Director (1994), Standard Bank Young Artist of the Year Award (1995), Fleur du Cap Award for Best New South African Play forTshepang (2003), and the prestigious Golden Globe Best Short Film Award in 2006. In 2004 she was the winner in the Theatre category of the prestigious Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative awards, and worked with the celebrated director Sir Peter Hall for a year.
NICOLETTE MOSES, Associate Producer and Planning Manager, is a trained classical ballet and contemporary dancer. She graduated from the UCT School of Dance under Mignon Furman and Contemporary Dance under Sharon Friedman.
Following a sojourn abroad, Nicolette joined the Jazzart Dance Theatre, which she managed before joining CAPAB as head of the Audience Development Department. In the transition from CAPAB to Artscape, Nicolette worked as Project Manager and then Artistic Manager until 2001. During her time at Artscape, she also worked extensively with the Nederlands Dance Theater (NDT), based in Den Haag. She was appointed as Project Manager at the Baxter Theatre Centre in 2003, and became Associate Producer and Planning Manager in 2010.
THAMI MBONGO, Artistic Director of the Zabalaza Festival is a performer, drama facilitator, educator, writer and director. He received his training at Community Arts Project (CAP) in 1998 and UCT Drama Department from 1999 to 2001.
He has worked as a drama facilitator for the Artscape High School Drama Festival and Soundtrack for Life. His theatre credits include Trojan Women, King Lear, Onnest’bo, Karoo Moose, A Plague of Heroes and Woyzeck. He was also part of the cast of The Tempest (a collaboration between the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Baxter Theatre Centre in 2009).
Thami won the 2007 Aardklop Best Actor in an Ensemble award forKaroo Moose and in 2008 he received the Brett Goldin Bursary. He was nominated for his role in Karoo Moose at the Fleur du Cap Awards as Best Supporting Actor and in the Naledi Theatre Awards as the Best Newcomer.
PATRICK CURTIS, Production Manager, began lighting drama and music in the mid-eighties at the Market Theatre in Johannesburg, where he also produced several set designs. He worked at CAPAB (now Artscape) from 1990 to 1995 as Drama production manager where he designed the lighting for many drama productions. After the demise of CAPAB Drama he joined UCT and taught lighting and set design at the Little Theatre.
In the past nine years as the Production Manager of the Baxter Theatre he has lit and designed sets for numerous productions. For Cape Town Opera and UCT Opera School he designed the lighting for Don Giovanni at the Baxter Theatre Centre and Rigoletto at the Joseph Stone Auditorium, Athlone. He has won two Fleur du Cap awards for set design, Uncle Vanya/Oom Wanja in 2004 and Betrayal in 2006.
Most recently he was responsible for the critically acclaimed design of Lara Foot’s Solomon and Marion starring Dame Janet Suzman and Khayalethu Anthony.