The Zimbabwe theatre Academy has and continues to contribute to the strengthening and growth of cultural creative industries in Zimbabwe and has been instrumental in the sustainable of theatre programs for youth in Zimbabwe.
The Zimbabwe Theatre Academy in partnership with Environmental Management Agency (EMA) and the Ministry of Youth, Sport, Arts and recreation have begun to address environment related measures to create a safe and good environment for all.
“As Zimbabwe Theatre Academy, as per tradition , we had an out-door learning activity with our 4th cohort of students at Cleveland dam on the 6th of April where we were exploring and relating the forces of nature to the fundamentals of theatre training based on our pedagogy at large. As we were exploring with the students we found out that there is need to clean up the area to reduce land pollution thus in turn enhancing and retaining the aesthetic value and the natural beauty of the area and assisting in addressing issues of climate change”.
“Our role as artist or communicators for development is also to be the means of transformation in community development. We believe and have experienced arts in its various forms, impacting on society by shifting opinions and encouraging good morals”.
Dairibord, Delta cooperation and Simbisa Brands have invested on this clean-up campaign through supporting values and initiatives that support young people, livelihoods, innovation and a clean, safe and healthy environment.
Delta cooperation, Dairibord and Simbisa Brands have positively associated themselves with youth-based activities that seek to add value to the cultural life of the nation.
This partnership between the big corporate players like Simbisa Brands, Delta cooperation, Dairibord, and arts industry should be commended as it is critical to the development of arts and culture and mainly a healthy environment and much needed partnerships.
In these short and exciting four years, the Academy has managed to successfully enroll and train four intakes with the forth class in session scheduled to graduate this year (2021). The academy has also managed to create and produce 7 ORIGINAL THEATRE PROFESSIONAL PRODUCTIONS (namely Zandezi, My Zimbabwe, Gang Leader, Breathing Grave, The Stone, Coming Home and Deep Down Inside). Some of the productions have won awards; namely the Best Theatre Production, and two Best Actors at the Bulawayo Arts Awards (2019) and Best Director at National Arts Merit Awards for the production Zandezi (2019).
The Academy was nominated in four categories: Best Production, Director, Actor and Actress for the production, The Gang Leader (2020). The Academy, In partnership with its sister school in northern California (Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre) , granted a scholarship to one of the 2018 graduates (Cadrick Msongelwa) to further his studies in the United States of America. https://www.zimbojam.com/zimbabwe-theatre-academy-graduation/.