Market Laboratory welcomes a new group of first year students

A brand-new group of first year students at the Market Theatre Laboratory will begin their exciting journey this week towards becoming professional actors and theatre-makers.


Students participate in intensive training in various theatre disciplines aimed at developing multi-skilled performances and critically engaged storytellers. They are introduced to other job prospects in the industry through short courses in stage-management, writing, directing and design.

Founded by Barney Simon and Dr John Kani in 1988, the Market Theatre Laboratory is the educational arm of the world famous Market Theatre, and has developed into one of the premiere training facilities of its kind in Southern Africa. It has trained exceptional performers and theatre-makers including Olive Schreiner Award winner Phillip Dikotla, three Standard Bank Young Artist of the Year winners, MonagengMotshabi (2016), Prince Lamla (2013), and MncedisiShabangu (2014), and SAFTA award winners Harriet Manamela, Warren Masemola and LindiweNdlovu.

The Market Theatre Laboratory has been recognised on multiple platforms for creating excellent theatre that engages with human rights issues.Deeply embedded in the ethos of the Market Theatre Laboratory is its commitment to providing opportunities to talented youth from disadvantaged backgrounds who would not otherwise be able to pursue their passion for the arts.


Clara Vaughan