Maitisong Festival Assistant, Talenta Kodisa

Since her childhood, Talenta has always wanted to be on television. The love for it was always there. She went to Seepapitso Senior Secondary School in Kanye, where she passed her BGCSE. From there, because of the love she had for film, she went to Limkokwing University in 2011, studying for an Associate Degree in Television and Film Production. In 2017, she performed in Season 3 of the local radio drama, Barclays Madi Majwana and worked on upcoming projects such as the movie Chief, and the series Colours.

 

Performance has always been a great passion of hers, and she excels at it. Her great communication skills and positive attitude makes her a breeze to work with. Not only does she love being in front of the camera, she also seeks to work behind it as well. As an Intern for Maitisong, she hopes to learn how to do theatrical productions from the ground up. She wants to learn about all the necessities are before, during and after live shows, with the hope that, one day, she will produce a show of her own.

 

After taking a break from school, she has enrolled back into the course to finish her last few modules before graduating, and is currently interning in Maitisong.

Festival Consultant, Boitumelo Selelo

Boitumelo was the Maitisong Administration Officer for the past two and a half years. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and is passionate about the arts. As a musician, working in the arts has exposed her to how different artists command the stage with their presence and captivate their audiences.

Boitumelo now freelances as a Consultant and will continue work within Maitisong as a Festival Consultant. She believes passion, fuelled by ambition, sustains an individual.

Festival Technician, Nonofo Moselekatsi

Nonofo Moselekatsi

Nonofo Moselekatsi is the Assistant Technician and has been working at Maitisong for the past six years. He studied Electronics and Electrical Engineering at ABM College. He works with light, sound and stage setups, alongside Johanne Gaorengwe.

 

He is motivated by working with various people within the arts community and hopes that he can help Maitisong grow into one of Africa’s most successful theatres. Nonofo enjoys seeing artists in their element and being in creative spaces that are new and challenging. He believes a challenge is an opportunity to grow and learn something new. Over the years at Maitisong, he has learned that patience goes a long way.

Festival Technician, Johane Gaorengwe

Johanne Gaorengwe, 1999

Johane Gaorengwe, affectionately known as Joe, has been working for Maitisong since 1998 as the Sound and Lighting Technician. His daily life involves rigging lights and sound and setting the stage for upcoming events. He studied Electrical Installation and Appliances at Lobatse Brigade Center, where he graduated in 1997 before beginning his career with Celetrix (as an electrician) and Firefox (as a lighting technician).

 

He works closely with MaP’s Drama and Music Departments, as well as clients who book the theatre (production director, stage manager and technical crew). As a technician, his work also involves plotting and assembling the lights, placing filters and burn doors accordingly, focusing lights during rehearsals, and operating and maintaining the sound desk and lighting console during performances. As a qualified electrician, Joe handles the electrical maintenance of Maitisong and the School in general. He also handles the procurement process for the theatre and provides technical support to all the Theatre’s clients.

 

Throughout his career, Joe has had the opportunity to work numerous local and international artists. He delights in interacting with diverse cultures and longs to see an advancement in the technological aspect of the arts in Botswana. Joe believes experience is gained from different people coming together and exchanging skills and knowledge.

PA to Festival Director, Nikita Mokgware

Nikita Mokgware and Carla Classen in She Howled and Forgot to Say Sorry, Krekvars Festival, 2016.

Nikita Neo Mokgware’s love for drama began at a very young age and has not dimmed since. She is a professionally trained actress, holding a Bachelor’s of Arts Honours degree in Drama and Film Studies from the University of Pretoria. She majored in Performance studies, Screenwriting and Physical Theatre.

 

(Left to right) Tina Redman, Nikita Mokgware, Cassius Davids, Micia de Wet. Go sa na le Leina, State Theatre, 2016.

Nikita performed in numerous shows while studying in South Africa, such as Myer Taub’s Christine’s Room and Micia de Wet’s Go sa na le Leina, which was showcased at the State Theatre during the Vavasati International Women’s Festival in 2016. She performed during the annual Krekvars Festival held at the University of Pretoria, which also won awards during their run: Carla Classen’s She Cried and Forgot to Say Sorry – a physical theatre performance that won the US Woordfees Prize, 2016 – and Aneshree Paul’s Lucidity, where Nikita won the Kyknet Award for Best Actress, 2015.

 

Since moving to Gaborone mid-2017, Nikita has performed in shows for business conferences and children’s theatre. She also frequently volunteered to help with the backstage running of shows in the Maitisong Theatre, and in November, was appointed stage manager for Mascom’s President’s Concert 2017. Currently, Nikita is the assistant director and scriptwriter for the radio drama Matswaka Bae, in collaboration with Sky Girls BW. She is also the PA for Maitisong theatre under the supervision of Director Tefo Paya.

 
Photo Credit:

She Howled and Forgot to Say Sorry – Shen Scott, South Africa.
Go sa na le Leina – Westley Smith, South Africa.

Work for Maitisong!

Administration Officer

We are looking for an Administration Officer at Maitisong. The ideal candidate must have excellent interpersonal skills, display excellent leadership and organizational abilities and have a passion for the Arts and a willingness to learn.

Educational qualifications:

Minimum: Diploma in Business Administration, Project Management, Human Resources or Accounting from a reputable institution of higher learning.

     Essential Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • able to provide excellent front-line customer service
  • able to build a rapport with customers and maintain a high level of professionalism at all times
  • excellent communicator in both Setswana and English
  • take notes and write reports
  • Computer knowledge and proficiency in Word, Excel and PowerPoint are essential.

Main Duties and Key Responsibilities:

  • Works directly with the Maitisong Director and assists with ensuring Maitisong is run efficiently and professionally.
  • Liaises with different stakeholders, including corporate sponsors, media, artists, government officials, students and internal staff, as the first point of contact.
  • Acts as a point of reference for all enquiries concerning the activities at Maitisong.
  • Conducts day-to-day administrative operations at Maitisong.
  • Effectively leads the front of house team and must be willing to work long hours evenings and weekends during events.
  • Manages all facility bookings, contract signings, invoicing and general bookkeeping at Maitisong.

Applications with contact details of three referees should be emailed to secretary@maruapula.org before Friday 2 February 2018.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Maitisong Festival Director, Tefo Paya

Tefo Paya performing with Academy Award winner Presley Chweneyagae at the 2017 GIMC Theatre Night

Tefo Omphile Paya is a BQA accredited, formally trained, Performance Specialist. He holds an MA (Master of Arts degree) in Dramatic Arts from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa, where he majored in Performance Studies and Theatre as Activism, Education and Therapy. He received a distinction for his thesis, which focused on masculine identity, rituals and rites of passage in performance.

 

Tefo has over a decade of experience as an actor, teacher, facilitator and performance consultant. He has worked with internationally renowned directors such as Warren Nebe, Mandla Mabothwe, James Ncgobo, Warona Seane and Moabi Mogorosi. He is one of the founding members of the Company@Maitisong. The Company@Maitisong is the production arm of Maitisong Theatre which has produced powerful plays such as Sephiri Se Dule (Setswana phrase meaning ”the secret is out”), Brothers’ Bones and Born Around Here. They also produced the popular radio drama Madi Majwana, which is sponsored by Barclays Bank of Botswana to educate Batswana on issues of financial literacy.

 

Tefo in Morwa: The Rising Son, which received a Standard Bank Ovation award at the Grahamstown Arts Festival in 2015

Tefo has been extensively involved in all of these projects,  including being an integral part of the Maitisong Festival over the past four years. Tefo has managed venues, helped create the programme, overseen the theatre section, and organized activations to market the Festival. Here, he gained valuable experience in curating and managing festivals.

 

Throughout his career, Tefo has won many awards, both academically and professionally. Most recently, he received the Standard Bank Silver Ovation Award at the Grahamstown Festival for the one-man play Morwa, which he wrote and performed. He is currently the Director of Maitisong, Botswana’s premier theatre located at Maru-a-Pula School.

EOD: Road to World of Dance

Sunday, 5th November – E.O.D: Road to World of Dance, 4pm, P30 (early bird) / P50 (at the door)

Event Poster

 

Urban Empire presents E.O.D: Road to World of Dance, a fundraising event aimed at supporting their participation in this year’s World of Dance Tour in New York, as well as compete in Las Vegas, Nevada.

”We are raising funds for flights and accommodation for the fifteen days we will be performing in the United States. We have sacrificed a lot to live our dreams and it has been a difficult journey. This will help us achieve our goal of opening doors for ourselves, as well as for the youth who are uninspired to achieve their dreams. Thank you for your support!”

~ Excerpt from the group’s GoFundMe page.

Urban Empire is an urban dance group that strives to make positive changes in the lives of the youth of Botswana, Africa.

Tickets are P30 (early bird) and P50 at the door; available at Maitisong and Webtickets outlets nationwide.

Shakespeare Lives in Botswana – Showcase Event

 

 

The Shakespeare Lives in Botswana (Shakespeare o a Tshela) Showcase Event – Wed April 13th, 6pm, Maitisong

 

We are proud to announce the Shakespeare Lives in Botswana (Shakespeare o a Tshela) Showcase Event will take place at Maitisong on Wednesday, April 13th, at 6pm at Maitisong.

The show will feature performances by over 100 Batswana students and actors from Maru-a-Pula School, the University of Botswana, the Ministry of Youth, Sport & Culture, AFDA, The Company@Maitisong, Naledi Senior Secondary School, St Joseph’s College, Kagiso Senior Secondary School, Moeding College, and Ledumang Senior Secondary School, who have been involved in workshops with our six extraordinary theatre practitioners from the UK and South Africa – Gregory Thompson, Greg Homann, Lali Dangazele, Natalie Ibu, Fiona Drummond and Ben Spiller.
The showcase will also feature performances by Batswana poets Barolong Seboni, Mandisa Mabuthoe and Moroka Moreri, and rapper and musician Zeus.

Tickets are P20 and are available at Maitisong – call 397 1809 – and from www.webtickets.co.bw

*Don’t miss our other great Shakespeare events – Shakespeare in the Garden, April 10th, 4pm, Maru-a-Pula School / Basadi ba ga Shakespeare, April 10th, 5.30pmMaru-a-Pula School. Both events are FREE.

For more information email Project Director Alastair Hagger at comms@maruapula.org

Shakespeare o a Tshela Podcast 3 – Tlotlego Gaogakwe


Tlotlego Gaogakwe of Basadi ba ga Shakespeare

Our Shakespeare o a Tshela podcast series continues with Tlotlego Gaogakwe (above), director of the ‘Basadi ba ga Shakespeare’ performance which will take place on April 10th at Maru-a-Pula School as part of the Shakespeare activity in the Maitisong Festival 2016 programme (click here for details). 

 

In this podcast, he talks about interpreting Shakespeare’s work in the context of the culture of his nation, Botswana.

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