Two years ago the Market Theatre Foundation took a decision to create a platform for emerging story tellers. The residency allows them the opportunity to utilise the space and receive technical support which will help them in honing their creative voices for future projects. The first recipient of the Residency was Jeff Tshabalala and his company Ub’Dope.

Jeff’s residency was one that challenged the traditional form of content creation as he explored the relationship between audience. He introduced an interactive game shows that required patron participatory as part of his learnings and product.

The 2021 recipient is choreographer and dancer Lulu Mlangeni. She was given a nod for her brave and explosive dance style by the Standard Bank Young Artist Award. Lulu will use the time of her residency at the Market Theatre creating her piece for upcoming National Arts Festival in Makhanda.

The 6 month residency is aimed at supporting artists at every stage of their careers, from emerging artists to mid-career and established theatremakers. Although the sector is still facing difficulties the need to carry on with the Residency Program is crucial. The Market Theatre Foundation will identify two young people from different pockets of the industry every year who will be awarded the Residency.

Kippies will again be the home where the creative magic will happen.