The Independent Theatre Movement of South Africa (ITMSA)

The Independent Theatre Movement of South Africa is an innovative Cape Town-based theatre company. The ITMSA provides theatrical training to talented and motivated students whose backgrounds and financial circumstances prevent them from entering the drama programmes of existing institutions of higher education. The ITMSA promotes indigenous South African theatre and aims to provide professional opportunities for current and past students.

One of the core values of the ITMSA is a commitment to constantly challenging an oppressive legacy of exclusivity characterized by apathy and a lack of cultural sensitivity which is further exacerbated by a victim mentality still pervasive within our theatre communities. The ITMSA vigorously strives to promote an inclusive environment of equity for all in the theatre industry.

The following sections constitute the Executive Summary of The Independent Theatre Movement of South Africa (ITMSA).

Vision

The Independent Theatre Movement of South Africa (ITMSA) will be a global theatre movement recognised throughout South Africa and beyond as the benchmark for theatrical excellence, by its students, professional theatre practitioners, supporters, competitors, strategic alliances, investors and the public. We will be the yardstick by which other theatre organisations will measure their performance. Our students are our most valuable resource and we will nurture, develop and capacitate them through innovative and cutting edge interventions so that they can excel and take their rightful place in the global theatrical world of work.

Core Values

1.0 We are committed to constantly challenge an oppressive, exclusive, apathetic lack of cultural sensitivity as well as the legacy of a victim mentality still pervasive within our theatre communities and aim to vigorously promote an inclusive environment of equity for all in the theatre industry.

2.0 Our Customers

2.1 We believe our first responsibility is to our most valuable resource, our students. We will strive to enhance, uplift and continuously improve the quality of our offerings to address the needs of our students and to always serve them.

2.2 We will strive to instil a rejuvenated sense of self empowerment through the initiation of best practices in the global theatre industry.

3.0 Our service

3.1 We will at all times provide service excellence to all who engage with us.

3.2 We will rigorously engage in developing a new generation of independent indigenous world class directors, actors and writers who are committed to the preservation of our heritage and who are:

4.0  Our philosophy

4.1  We believe that the nurturing and development of people to be a worthy goal.

4.2  We will always conduct our business with integrity, transparency, trust, respect, responsiveness, reliability and professional competence.

4.3  We are committed through our art to promote nation building.

Market Segment Scope

Our focus market is primarily, but is not limited to, persons from the previously disadvantaged and financially struggling communities, consisting of school leavers, the employed and unemployed, and those actively engaged in the theatre industry.

Service Scope

The ITMSA comprises five distinct but integrated departments.

1. The Drama School

The Drama School was set up to provide students who have week day commitments to enter the world of theatre. A unique training model was developed to fast track and capacitate these students with the essential knowledge, skills and competencies to successfully compete for theatre and film work. The school focuses on classical and contemporary genre encompassing its various disciplines.

Students enrolled for the school are subjected to a rigorous auditioning and selection process which ensure that they are committed to the process, that their financial contribution is well invested and that they enjoy a reasonable chance of success in what is a very difficult and competitive industry. Our successes in this regard have been most encouraging so far.

Students who successfully complete their first year are invited to join the second year school where they are guided through a more intensive and advanced course.

The curriculum covers the following disciplines:

The course is divided into a series of blocks which focus on Shakespeare, indigenous South African drama, creative writing and the development of original scripts which students perform. Students prepare audition selections for year end examinations which are adjudicated by a panel of external examiners comprising leading professionals in the South African theatre industry. These auditions are also attended by leading Cape Town agents.

2. The Professional Theatre Department

This is the professional wing of the organisation which not only produces and showcases its own but also produces South Africa’s best theatre work.

3. International Department

This department is aimed at forging enduring and cohesive relationships with appropriate international like-minded bodies committed in the sharing and fulfilment of our mandate which is to initiate partnerships and exchanges with other like-minded academic institutions and professional theatre companies around the world. Through these initiatives the International Department will facilitate visits and exchanges from foreign artists and drama educators to participate in and contribute to the curriculum of the ITMSA.

4. Theatre and film Agency Department

This department is dedicated to assist its present and past students in obtaining theatre and film work

5. Outreach Programme

This department is dedicated to provide outreach activities as a performing arts institution in both urban and rural communities in the Western Cape. This involves:

The ITMSA is currently involved in two outreach programmes mainly:

Management Structure

The Independent Theatre Movement of South Africa is wholly owned and managed by persons of the previously disadvantaged group, consisting of two males and who are responsible for all decision making and administrative functions of the company. The management team consists of two executive directors who have the requisite academic qualifications, knowledge, skills , competencies and many years of practical experience in theatre and large corporate environments to drive and underpin its vision and mission and to manage and execute the core functions of its business.

From time to time, as the need arises, the ITMSA invites other like-minded professional theatre practitioners, who share our vision and core values, to serve as Associate Directors

The Management Team

Tauriq Jenkins: Artistic Director

Tauriq is a Founding Director of the ITMSA. He is responsible for the Shakespeare and Classical Greek component of the curriculum including acting methodologies. Tauriq directs both the student and professional productions of the ITMSA.

Tauriq has many years of experience as an actor, playwright, director and voice artist, the

professional theatre stage, in film, television and radio.

Seraj Jenkins: Operations and Academic Director

Seraj holds a Honours degree in Business Administration and a diploma in Business Management and is responsible for the Business and HR management processes in ITMSA

  • He brings with him over 19 years management training and development and facilitation experience in two large financial corporate environments serving as a Sales Training Manager, Sales Management Training Consultant, developer of management learning programmes, facilitator and assessor of NQF accredited learning programmes, as well as extensive practical field and facilitation experience in generic management, strategic management, sales management and customer service management and business communication through his management consultancy practice.

  • Group Training and Development Manager for a national call centre e-Commerce enterprise, responsible for the recruitment, selection, training and development of employees for the entire group.

  • HR Manager for a British call centre company, responsible for developing the HR infra structure and managing the processes (except the payroll function)

  • Is the owner of a Training and Development, Sales Training, Strategic Management, Change Management and H.R and business consultancy which focuses on capacitating SMME’s and owner managed businesses in management skills, H.R and business processes

  • He has trained over 300 sales and regional managers in management practice, largely from the designated groups over a period of four years in a large financial corporate environment.

  • He is currently a contracting facilitator, assessor and moderator of accredited learning programs with three training institutes.

  • Current lecturer in Business Studies with the Durban University of Technology

  • Was a mentor to executive business persons reading for their leadership degree at University of the Free State .

  • He is an Accredited Assessor and Moderator with the ETDP SETA and a constituent assessor with W&RSETA and the Services SETA .

  • Has done extensive assessments in learning programmes for both W&RSETA and Services SETA

  • Has a good working knowledge of SAQA and the NQF, skills audits, aligning learning programmes to registered unit standards, developing assessment guides, assessing learners against registered unit standards and has been actively involved in the transfer of training of learners.

  • As training manager he has recruited, trained and lead trainers in a large corporate environment.

  • He has strong managerial experience and leadership skills as well as good interpersonal relation, analytical, conflict management and well developed verbal and written communication skills.

Contribution to the Local Economy

The theatre and film industry is a growing creator of employment in the Western Cape. Employment in theatre, in the main, will remain a serious obstacle to the disadvantaged communities because of the high cost of tuition demanded by theatre schools. Having the necessary training provided by theatre schools does not necessary guarantee work in this demanding and competitive industry.

There is a great need for growing the film and theatre industry with competent and skilled performers particularly from the previously disadvantaged populace.

The ITMSA has developed a training and business model based on the directors’ active and direct experience, expertise and intimate knowledge of what works in the theatre industry. The model primarily focuses on carefully capacitating students at an affordable fee, through its rigorous competency based selection process, ensuring transfer of training and therefore optimising the student’s chances of obtaining work in the theatre industry. The ITMSA believes it will fulfil its mandate and create more employment opportunities for its students particularly in the Western Cape and South Africa in general.

Our Successes

The Saturday drama school which is an important component of the ITMSA has been in operation since 2007. In 2007 the programme graduated 12 students. In 2008 the programme produced 16 graduates. Twenty graduates are expected in 2009. All of the 2008 students are currently working professionally in the theatre industry with over 60% having been signed by leading agents in Cape Town.

Read more about the ITMSA Drama School Successes.

Shakespeare Prison Literacy Project is an ongoing project of the ITMSA

Business Contact Details

The Independent Theatre Movement of South Africa (ITMSA)

36 Smartt Road
Goodwood
Cape Town

7460
South Africa

Telephone: +27 (0) 21 591 4799

Web Address: www.southafricantheatre.org

Contact Details of the Directors

Artistic Director
Tauriq Jenkins
Email: tauriq@southafricantheatre.org
Cellphone: +27 (0) 72 872 5831

Operations and Academic Director
Seraj Jenkins
Email:  
seraj@southafricantheatre.org
Cellphone: +27 (0) 72 392 6947

Web Address: www.southafricantheatre.org