Lyndsay Hill presents an Arts Industry CEO Roundtable moderated by renowned performing artist, Sne Dladla and seven of the most established and reputable arts festival and theatre CEOs in South Africa. The roundtable will take place on Friday, 29 May 2020 at 16:00 on Zoom and will be broadcasted live on Sne’s Facebook page. 

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The panel will consist of the following people:

Coordinator: Freelance Project and Marketing Coordinator, Lyndsay Hill

Lyndsay is a young dynamic woman with over 5 years’ experience in marketing and project coordination within the arts industry. In February 2020 Lyndsay took on the role of Executive Assistant and Marketing Administrator of AIMS International South Africa.

Moderator: Performing Artist, Sne Dladla

Sne Dladla is a two-time Fleur du Cap Award-winning actor and performer. 2020 leads with the debut of a new comedy show called “Black Tax” where we see him playing a comedic role.

Panelist: Market Theatre CEO, Ismail Mahoimed

Ismail Mahoimed is the CEO of the Market Theatre Foundation. He was formerly the Artistic Director of the National Arts Festival and the Senior Cultural Specialist of the US Embassy. In 2019, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the Tshwane University of Technology in recognition of his contribution and service to the South African arts & cultural sector.

Panelist: Baxter Theatre CEO, Lara Foot

Lara Foot is a multi-award-winning playwright, director and producer. She is a former Rolex protégé to Sir Peter Hall in the prestigious Rolex Mentor and Protégé programme as well as a Sundance Fellow. In January 2010 she became the first female to be appointed as CEO and Artistic Director of the Baxter.

Panelist: Suidoosterfees CEO, Jana Hattingh

Jana studied drama at Stellenbosch University and later also obtained her master’s degree in Marketing for South African Arts at the University. Jana is well-known in the arts industry; before being appointed as the CEO of the Suidoosterfees in August 2019 she was, among other things, a projects organiser at Arts Capital and a project manager at Mashuka, Stellenbosch University Choir and the Toyota US Woordfees.

Panelist: Woordfees CEO, Saartjie Botha

Saartjie Botha is an Afrikaans playwright and the festival director of the annual Toyota US Woordfees. In 2002, she enrolled at the Stellenbosch University for a doctorate in philosophy. In 2015 she was appointed as interim festival director for the Toyota US Woordfees.

Panelist: Artistic Director of The South African State Theatre, Aubrey Sekhabi

Aubrey Sekhabi is a multi-award winning playwright and arts administrator. In 2002 Aubrey was appointed as the Artistic Director and Deputy CEO of the South African State Theatre.

Panelist: DSTV Mitchells Plain Festival CEO, Rozario Brown

Rozario is the owner of the biggest community and social gathering in Cape Town: The annual DStv Mitchell’s Plain Festival, which attracts more than 40 000 passionate and loyal people per day. Rozario is passionate about people, small business development, community development, and social and economic development on the Cape Flats.

Panelist: KKNK CEO, Hugo Theart

Hugo Theart joined Kunste Onbeperk in 2015 as creative director and has been acting CEO since January 2018. Hugo has been appointed artistic director of Kunste Onbeperk on 1 February 2019.

The topic for Fridays roundtable will be, Arts Industry Challenges during COVID-19: How do we overcome this pandemic and sustain the industry?

“With the COVID-19 pandemic affecting all industries and corners of our country I have been wondering how the arts industry would survive”, says Lyndsay “But wondering is not enough. Action must be taken and so this idea to bring CEOs within the industry together to brainstorm ideas on how we can survive this pandemic came to life”, she continued. Sne added, “the arts can’t work unless we put the ‘I’ aside and start to focus on the ‘We’. Now is not the time to keep information, but to share it so we can all benefit”.

All the panelists are keen to join in on the conversation and give us insights on what role their respective organisations could contribute to assist the industry. The discussion will be broadcasted live so that the public also has the opportunity to ask our panelists questions regarding their concerns.

This roundtable will be the first episode of a series of Arts Industry Roundtables presented by Lyndsay and Sne. The next roundtable will take place on 12 June 2020 at 16:00 and will include a panel of artists including Sne Dladla, Merique Hanekom and Jarrad Ricketts to name a few. Some other panels including marketers, sponsors, directors and producers, writers and arts administrators will take place in the weeks to follow. An article of each topic will also be posted on Lyndsay and Sne’s social media pages.

To join in on the conversation follow Sne Dladla @snecomedy on Facebook or contact Lyndsay Hill at or call +27 67 221 0769.

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