Job thrilled over Emerg­ing Voice award from theatre

Mar­ket Theatre opens stage for di­rec­tor

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - MPILETSO MOTUMI

ACAREER in the cre­ative in­dus­try al­ways ebbs and flows. This is how Lesedi Job, the 2017 re­cip­i­ent of the So­phie Mgcina Emerg­ing Voice Award, de­scribes her nine-year jour­ney in the arts.

“You move for­ward and then you move back­wards ... go­ing in the next di­rec­tion.”

The for­mer Idols Top 32 fi­nal­ist said it was her mom who pushed her into mak­ing a ca­reer for her­self in the in­dus­try.

Af­ter high school, Job stud­ied jour­nal­ism but found her­self mis­er­able two years into the course.

“Af­ter Idols, my mom sug­gested I go to the Wits School of Arts and I was ac­cepted for both mu­sic and dra­matic arts de­grees and that was the be­gin­ning of my jour­ney.”

Job says this was the cre­ative out­let she longed for.

In 2008, Job had her first pro­fes­sional de­but in The Lion and the Jewel, a play di­rected by Mar­ket Theatre Artis­tic Di­rec­tor James Ng­cobo. This is where the process of her be­com­ing a di­rec­tor be­gan.

“He spot­ted the di­rec­tor in me as an ac­tress. Dur­ing var­sity I did a se­mes­ter course of di­rect­ing and thought I would one day want to do it. He (Ng­cobo) con­stantly watched and ob­served how I worked as an ac­tress and saw I was di­rect­ing as I was act­ing.”

Last year, she went to Toronto for six weeks as part of a work­shop for a new Broad­way mu­si­cal and as­sisted Bri­tish theatre di­rec­tor Adrian Noble and was men­tored by him.

“Then I got thrown in the deep end and had to di­rect a play by Mike van Graan (When Swal­lows Cry) at the be­gin­ning of this year and was men­tored by Me­gan Wil­son,” she says.

She has since worked on two more plays as a di­rec­tor – It­soseng and He­len of Troyeville. She is di­rect­ing He­len for the Gra­ham­stown Na­tional Arts Fes­ti­val at the end of the month.

As the re­cip­i­ent of the award, Job will have the op­por­tu­nity to present more work on one of the stages at the Mar­ket Theatre.

She’s al­ready start­ing to dream of the play she will di­rect as part of the award.

Job says the award meant so much to her be­cause “you are con­stantly in flux with your work be­cause at times it gets quiet”.

Af­ter Gra­ham­stown, she will work on an­other Van Graan play, If We Dig, with ac­tress Fiona Ram­say.

You are con­stantly in flux with your work...


Theatre di­rec­tor, ac­tress and singer Lesedi Job is the re­cip­i­ent of the 2017 So­phie Mgcina Emerg­ing Voice Award pre­sented by the Mar­ket Theatre Foun­da­tion.

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