Meet Our Patrons

We are honoured and privileged to introduce our well known and respected
Patrons in the Arts world.
Ismail Mahomed
Ismail MahomedChief Executive Officer | Market Theatre Foundation
With more than thirty years of experience in the performing arts sector, Ismail Mahomed is an accomplished playwright, theatre director and arts administrator. His work has been staged in South Africa, Chile, Denmark, Germany and in the U.S. He is currently employed as the Chief Executive Officer of the Market Theatre Foundation. His previous occupation was Artistic Director of the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. Prior to taking up the post in Grahamstown in 2008, he was employed as the Senior Cultural Specialist at the U.S. Consulate in Johannesburg where he served as both an advisor and facilitator for the U.S. Consulate on its varied cultural and academic exchange programming. His main tasks included devising and coordinating cultural programs which fostered an understanding and relationships between South African and U.S. institutions, organizations and individuals. Since joining the Consulate in 2003, he had instituted several partnerships between South African and U.S. museums, theatres, galleries and NGO’s. At the end of his first year of service he was presented with a Merit Honor Award by the U.S State Dept. – Africa Bureau for consistently high cultural programming.
Dawn Lindberg
Dawn LindbergExecutive Director of the Naledi Theatre Awards
Dawn and Des were the first to produce multi Racial theatre publicly in South Africa, with their production of “Godspell” which premiered in Maseru, Lesotho in 1973 and the first to successfully fight it’s banning in the Supreme Court. Des and Dawn produced 20 plays and Musicals including “the Best Little Whorehouse in Texas”; “the Black Mikado”, “King Afrika” and Eve Ensler’s “the Vagina Monologues” to create awareness of Abuse against Women. Dawn conceived and created the Naledi Theatre Awards in 2004 and has built it into the biggest and most respected Awards Event in SA to honour Excellence in Live SA Theatre. Dawn is a Motivational Speaker on the circuit to inspire and encourage entrepreneurial women to follow their passion with her talk “Every Day is an Opening Night”. Des and Dawn were nominated as “Stars of Their Community” by the Star Newspaper; and Dawn was a finalist for Mrs SA. Des and Dawn were appointed “Living Legends” by the Minister of Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa in 2015.
Alan Ford
Alan FordTV Producer
Alan started his broadcast career with Radio 702 presenting a daily morning show and a weekend society show, interviewing the country’s top celebrities. He also produced Gareth Cliff's morning show on the same station. But it was television that called Alan and seven years ago he started 3talk on SABC3, wanting to bring the medium of daily talk to South African televisions for the first time. He then brought in Noeleen with great applause, and directed and produced the show every day. Through the course of the years Alan has also produced a kids show, MC’ed for many premium events and contributed to many other shows and ideas. At the start of this year he created and produced his first independent television show with Tswelopele Productions Life's a Journey. Alan is also consulting producer for the new prime time talk show No Reservations. Now, after 12 years of broadcasting experience Alan has been called to use his extensive knowledge to help find South Africa's newest television star for Top Billing.
Lesedi Job
Lesedi JobDirector\Actor
Lesedi obtained her BA Hons degree in dramatic arts from Wits University and has also trained as a singer. She works as a singer, actress, voice over artist, director and MC using her talents both on stage and on TV. Debuting in James Ngcobo's The Lion and the Jewel (2008), this initial foray into theater was followed by more collaboration with Ngcobo on Touch my Blood (2009). Further collaboration followed, with memorable productions such as Colored Museum (2014), the hugely popular Ketekang (2014), Letters to Mandela (2015), I almost remember: a tribute to Maya (2015), Fisher’s of Hope (2015) and A Raisin in the Sun (2016) for which she received a Naledi Theatre Award nomination for her role as Ruth Younger. Lesedi is the 4th recipient of the Sophie Mgcina Emerging Voice Award. 2016 marked her solo directorial debut with the premier of Mike Van Graan’s When Swallows Cry, followed soon thereafter by her direction of Omphile Molusi's township-journey of Itsoseng (2017), both of these productions being staged at Johannesburg’s Market Theatre. Helen of Troyeville is the third theatre production directed by Lesedi and is currently touring South Africa.
Yvette Hardie
Yvette HardieDirector: ASSITEJ South Africa | International Association for Theatre for Children and Young People
Yvette is a theatre director, producer, and educator, with a particular focus on theatre for children and youth. She initiated the launch of ASSITEJ SA (the national centre of the International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People) in 2007, and leads the organisation as Director. She is currently serving her third term (2011 – 2020) as President of ASSITEJ, which operates in close to 100 countries. In these capacities, she creates opportunities for artistic exchange, mentorship, skills development and cross-cultural collaboration across the world, while working to invigorate the South African theatrical landscape with work of the highest quality and widest accessibility. Under her leadership, ASSITEJ SA won the bid for the 19th ASSITEJ World Congress and Performing Arts Festival held in Cape Town in May 2017, the first time this prestigious mega-event has been held on African soil in the 52 year history of ASSITEJ. She has written and spoken extensively on issues relating to arts for young audiences, arts education and arts for reconciliation and conflict resolution around the globe.