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Theatre family has new additions

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Fourteen students graduated with executive certificates in play-making and performance from the University of Zimbabwe (UZ)’s Department of Theatre Arts in collaboration with the Savanna Trust.
The graduation ceremony was held recently.
Savanna Trust director Daniel Maphosa said the two and half months’ intensive course was tailor–made for performing artistes.
“The course outline recognised a key objective of the course which was moulding artistes into all-round persons with a business and community responsibility,” he said.
The programme was particularly targeted at youths ranging from 18 to 25 years of age.
Maphosa said subjects covered under the programme included playmaking, acting, directing, scriptwriting, arts management, lighting, sound design, dance, stage management and theatre for development.
The students were also given information on gender, human rights, governance and democracy and HIV and Aids during the course of their studies.
Some of the graduands have already carved a niche in the industry notably Teddy Mangawa who featured in the film Sores of Emmanuel, Lloyd Nyikadzino and award-winning actress Eunice Tava.
Maphosa said the course was divided into two phases performance/play-making theory and the practical implementation of techniques.
He said the project was a ground-breaking initiative whose future was bright as there were talks to develop it into a diploma that will be a direct passage to an honours degree in theatre arts with the UZ Theatre Arts Department.
“We are very pleased with the successful completion of the course by the first intake of students who have shown high levels of competence, enthusiasm and creativity,” said the dean of Faculty of Arts Professor Pedzisai Mashiri. He said it was essential for the graduands to begin utilising the skills they acquired from the course as the art and cultural industry was one of the most vibrant industries in the country and an indispensible aspect in the economic spectrum of the nation.
He said it was an industry that needed graduates to open their eyes and begin to see opportunities where others are seeing hopelessness and despair.
“The certificate, then, must not be a begging bowl that you will move around with looking for a job, but an instrument that empowers you to creatively manipulate your learnt skills for your benefit,” he said.

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