Mark Fleishman (Director and Managing Trustee) (BA, Perf. Dip (Speech and Drama) MA (UCT), PHD (UCT)) is Professor in the Drama Department at the University of Cape Town. He is an award winning director and has directed most of Magnet Theatre’s productions since 'The Shows Not Over 'til the Fat Lady Sings'. He also functions as a writer, not only of theatre texts but of many published academic articles, mainly on South African theatre and is an internationally respected theatre maker and academic.
Jennie Reznek (Director and Trustee) (BA Perf. Dip in Speech and Drama, UCT; Ecole Jaques Lecoq, Paris; MA ,UCT) is a graduate of University of Cape Town Drama school and studied in Paris with Jacques Lecoq for two years (1984 -1986). She is a director of Magnet Theatre and has lectured in movement at University of Cape Town. She has worked as an aerialist and clown in the circus; a movement director and choreographer; a puppeteer with Handspring Puppet Company and is responsible for the bulk of the creative and teaching programs of the company.
A theatre practitioner, Mandla has been involved with Community Theatre as a writer director, actor and teacher for many years. He was a lecturer in the drama department at UCT and co-managed the Magnet Theatre outreach programs with Jennie Reznek until 2010. He was appointed as the Artistic Director of the Steve Biko Foundation in King Williams Town in 2011 and was the Creative Manager at Artscape Theatre Centre from 2014 to 2016. He is currently a lecturer at UCT drama school and Artistic Director at Magnet Theatre. For Magnet Theatre Mandla directed Isivuno Sama Phupha, ingcwaba lendoda lis cankwe ndlela and Inxeba Lomphilisi.
Jenny Hewlett (Administrator) graduated from the University of Johannesburg with a Diploma in Fine Art. She worked as a set painter for Artscape (formerly CAPAB) and as a freelance artist and designer. Jenny was a business owner, a builder, a project manager and client manager before joining Magnet Theatre in June 2015.
Themba Stewart (Production and venue manager) graduated from University of Cape Town as theatre maker in 2008. He has since worked as a freelance production manager, director, designer and performer. Themba has run multiple shows in theatre festivals, venues and site specific spaces in the country and internationally. He has been production manager of site specific festivals for GIPCA and has been involved in every year of the Infecting the City Festival (Technical manager 2014). He started working with Magnet theatre in 2011 and has been a production, tour, stage and venue manager for shows in Cape Town and abroad.
After completing a Drama degree from the University of Cape Town, Nolan Africa (Cederberg Municipality Fieldworker) dabbled in theatre and television briefly before joining the Educational theatre world. First he taught drama at an arts and culture focus school. He then joined Artscape, first as a road show performer and facilitator for SoundTrack4Life. Later he directed and co-facilitated Dance for Life. He then joined the office staff in co-coordinating various education theatre projects. More recently he worked with Zakheni on school projects alongside a Drama Therapist which sparked an interest. In 2013, he completed an Honours degree in Drama Therapy through Drama for Life at the University of Witwatersrand.
Natasha Gana is a 28 years old actress from Cape Town from Nyanga East. She finished her matric in 2009 and went to New Africa Theatre Academy for 2 years and then came to Magnet Theatre as a trainee. While she was at New Africa, she performed around Cape Town with Thabo Mbeki and Other Nightmares and Bashed or be Bashed and has performed at the Zabalaza as a guest performer with Thabo Mbeki and other Nightmares. While at Magnet Theatre she has done various plays including UKHANYO by Thando Doni and THE CITY OF PARADISE by Mark Fleishman , was a third year trainee creating Paired and KUDU with Lwanda Sindaphi and 23 years, a month and seven days with Nwabisa Plaatjie. She is now an EPWP with Magnet Theatre.
Yonela Sithela completed a year’s theatre training on 2009, of Performing Arts and graduated at New Africa Theatre. She also became part of the Lab on the following year which was In 2010 she joined the New Africa Lab and performed in the Robben Island Story. In 2011 she did Bash Or Be Bashed at Artscape, directed by Thoko Ntshinga and Indonga Ziwelene by Ntombesizwe Tena. Yonela was a member of the Fulltime Training and Job Creation programme at Magnet Theatre between 2012 and 2013. In 2014 She did SECRET FLAMES performed at Water Front School Of Theatre directed by Sisipho Mbopa and BLOOD STAIN at ArtsCape directed by Bulelani Mabutyana. On 2015 she has done AMAZA at ArtsCape, directed by Thoko Ntshinga and done NOMALI MASAMBE directed by Peggy Mmatato. She has been part of the EPWP at Magnet Theatre and now she works as a Culture Gangs facilitator in the townships.
Rozanne Holland is a Trainee Administrator Facilitator in the Cederberg Municipality for the Community Arts Project that Magnet Theatre runs in that area. She has been working for Magnet Theatre on the N7 schools project for 3 years. She is 23 years old and started working with Comnet (a local drama group established in Clanwilliam as a result of Magnet Theatre's presence in the area) at the age of 8. She has taken part in the annual September Clanwilliam Arts project of Magnet Theatre in collaboration with UCT for 14 years. She has also been a trainee at Magnet Theatre in 2012.
Zukisani Nongogo- is a recent UCT graduate, having specialised in Theatre-Making in the Drama Department’s PDT program. He is an Expanded Public Work Program intern and a Culture Gangs facilitator at Magnet Theatre. During his time in UCT Zukisani performed in Aia Hans directed by Jason Jacobs, #Buyisani Amantombazana Wethu, directed by Mfundo Tshazibane, Inceba Yobomi directed by Nwabisa Plaatjie and Dead Wait directed by Mdu Kweyama. He also choreographed his own short piece called Uxanduvo Lomfana and wrote and directed A Set of Beliefs in his final year.