Theatre4Change Arts Project
Theatre4Change runs classes at 10am – 3pm For 10 imploded youth whom we would like in future to get funding for them to get stipends. We also have more than forty kids for the afternoon programme at the Theatre whom we teach arts and culture with reading & writing classes. We wish to implement another SistersHeart Campaign where we want go give out sanitary pads, toothpastes, school equipment/stationery to need community members. And orphanage homes we already work with and undiscovered ones.
By 2023 we hope to have already get some to fund us for the building we have already sketched, planned and drawn with the help of Urban Think Tank architectures.
Theatre4Change Arts Project – Founder
Makukhanye Art Room – Artistic Director
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Describe in detail what your Organisation does:
- Theatre4Change Arts Project is a non profit organisation that is based in Cape Town, in Khayelitsha Township. The NPO provides and opens performance platform for youth, community members and artists coming from the disadvantaged backgrounds. Theatre4change runs the only award winning Shack Theatre in South Africa famously known as Makukhanye Art Room. Since 2010 T4C have catered and created opportunities for hundreds of young people coming from the same communities of the Western CapeWe run annual and educational programmers such as:
18 July: Vuka Mandela Theatrical Magic Event, every year since 2012 on Nelson Mandela’s Birthday
09 Aug: Amazing Women Arts Event (AWAE), every year since 2013 on Women’s Day
In May: Healing & Teaching Females Workshop, where we teach 30 females directing, writing, stage craft and producing.
Kasi-2-Kasi Public Art Festival, Township to Township. Has already been implemented in three different Townships of the Cape Town.
And throughout the running activities and professional productions in our Shack Theatre. – Makukhanye Art Room.
Daily classes at Makukhanye Art Room
Art Speaks and Heals Theatre Programme:, 10am – 3pm
Maku After school programme: 4pm – 7h30
How long has your Organisation been operational?
- Started to operate in 2010 when I was still at Varsity and throughout created productions for festivals and registered as NPO in 2016.
In your opinion, what has been the most challenging aspect of running your Organisation?
- We are an organization that works for and with the people in the Township and it has always been challenging for us to run a Theatre in the Townships without any resources, lighting equipment, sound equipment, operations salaries but still able to teach more than 50 youth and unemployed individuals every day. With audience who really cannot yet afford to pay expensive tickets (100ticket).Funding for programs, activities, equipment, technical gear, unemployed graduates who are working in the Theatre (salaries) and so forth has always been a stumble block in our way but still strive through and creating accessible activities for our communes.
In June we started to build a Shack Art School – Khayelitsha Art School Institute & Rehabilitation Centre, we are now even stuck to finish due to lack of funds as we do everything out of pocket to heal and inspire the communities and the youth.
We inspire the uninspired, inform the unformed and heal the unhealed.
Describe your Nonprofit Journey in three words:
- Active Therapeutic Informative
Do you collaborate with other Causes? If yes, would you like to mention them?
- Yes. We collaborate with other industries, we worked with department of Western Cape Transport depart and created works based on pedestrian awareness. We would like to work with any business or cause and even market brands and create industrial Theatre productions.
If you had one Organisation wish, what would it be?
- To build a Professional Theatre for Khayelitsha.
In your opinion, which skills do Nonprofits in your Country lack?
- Reporting, money to pay auditors, accountants etc most organizations are ran by artists and artists interest is to perform and create productions, many lack administration background and skills to perfect the game behind NPO.Organizing Meetings, money to pay for year reports, financial reports, basically without receiving funding is difficult to have all the stuff to do the work.
Looking back at your Cause Journey, what advice would you give a newbie Organisation?
- To strive for success.
If you could change one thing about the Nonprofit Landscape, what would it be?
- Not that I can think of.
Which Cause achievement are you most proud of? Feel free to elaborate on why and include any links
- 2018 has bee a great year for usWe opened the year by getting the Fleur Du Cap Award – Innovation In Theatre
Hosted Cape Town Fringe Festival 2017, our programme in our Shack Theatre produced 22 productions, 8 of them received nominations and 2 won.
Between 10 and 5 Article : http://10and5.com/2017/10/05/desegregating-the-stage-cape-towns-makukhanye-art-room-makes-space-for-theatre/
Mail & Guardian Article: https://mg.co.za/tag/makukhanye-art-room
Beautiful News South Africa Coverage:
We still working hard and created positive change in our Townships.
Last question, if your friends had to describe your Organisation in three words, which would they use?
- Helpful, Educational, Exciting