Key Creative Staff

LARA FOOT, Director and CEO of the Baxter Theatre Centre

Lara Foot is a multi-award-winning playwright, director and producer. She is the CEO and artistic director of the Baxter Theatre Centre at the University of Cape Town; a former Rolex protégé to Sir Peter Hall in the prestigious Rolex Mentor and Protégé programme as well as a Sundance Fellow.

She is also executive producer of (amongst others), the hit productions Mies Julie and The Fall which have both received international acclaim.

Lara completed her BA (Hons) degree at Wits University in 1989 and in 2007 attained her Master’s degree at the University of Cape Town. In 2005 she became the Resident Director and Dramaturge at the Baxter Theatre Centre – a post which she held until 2007. In January 2010 she became the first female to be appointed as CEO and Artistic Director of the Baxter.

With a passion for the development of new indigenous work, young writers and directors, she has put most of her energy into helping playwrights and theatre-makers realise their work, having nurtured several dozen new South African plays to their first staging. She has directed over 50 professional productions, 38 of which have been new South African plays.

Since heading up the Baxter Theatre Centre she has, together with a dynamic team, transformed the theatre’s development programme – the Zabalaza Theatre Festival – to become recognised and respected as one of the most vital and important platforms of its kind in South Africa. As a former Rolex protégé, she hosted a unique cultural gathering at the Baxter with renowned Mentors William Kentridge, Wole Soyinka and Peter Sellars, alongside seven protégés.

Lara worked at The Market Theatre under the mentorship of Barney Simon and in 1996 became Resident Director and from 1998 to 2000 she was the Associate Artistic Director. She wrote and co-directed (with Gerhard Marx) the interdisciplinary short film And There in the Dust, which won five international awards and two Golden Horn awards and was selected to be part of the Sundance Film Writer’s Lab in 2007 and the Sundance Film Director’s Lab in 2008.

In 2016 she was the Featured Artist at the 43rd National Arts Festival, leading the charge on the Main programme which is made up of 80% of work written, directed, curated or headlined by women. This, two decades after she was selected as the Standard Young Artist for Drama.

With a host of South African theatre accolades to her name, her own hard-hitting plays tackle social issues in South Africa and these have earned her great respect and recognition locally and internationally.

Tshepang, Hear And Now, Reach, Karoo Moose, Solomon and Marion (all published by Oberon Books), Fishers of Hope and The Inconvenience of Wings are just a few of her plays which have won multiple awards and that have toured internationally with great success.

Fishers of Hope scooped four awards at the Naledi Theatre Awards in Johannesburg, including the coveted Best Production of a Play accolade. The Inconvenience of Wings, earned her the Best Director honour, along with the Best Actress (Jenifer Steyn) and Best Actor (Andrew Buckland) nods at the 2017 Fleur du Cap awards. She also clinched three awards (Best Director, Best Production of a Play and Best Actress (Chuma Sopotela), for her play Karoo Moose at the 2017 Klein Karoo National Arts Festival (the largest Afrikaans Festival in South Africa.

In August 2017 she achieved the rare distinction of taking six Baxter Theatre Centre productions to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe as executive producer of the season in a programme which included three of her own productions. She is the executive producer of the Baxter’s international hit productions The Fall and Mies Julie.

 

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.

 

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.