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Trevor Noah is recognized as one of the top comedians in the country, renowned for his clean cut image, sharp wit, intelligent commentary and unmistakable charm. His mixed-race heritage, his experiences growing up in a Soweto township, and his observations about race and ethnicity are leading themes in his comedy.

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Internationally acclaimed dancer and choreographer Nelisiwe Xaba has been involved in various multi-media projects collaborating with visual artist, fashion designers, theatre and television directors, poets and musicians. Her seminal work, The Look At Me And That’s All They Think, inspired by the ‘Hottentot Venus’ (Sara Baartman), saw her collaborate with fashion designer Carlo Gibson of Strangelove, producing avant-garde costumes central to the work. Her recent work, Black!.White?, interrogates racial politics and incorporates costume animation, music and dance. Uncles and Angels uses video projection technology to create a multiple live recorded and pre-recorded images exploring traditional dance forms.

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The first female Artistic Director to lead the Baxter Theatre Centre, Lara Foot has a distinguished record in the Arts, with many awards not only as a producer but as a writer and director.

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Underground Dance Theatre is a collective of artists who want to explore new performance styles and create progressive, high quality work that is at the meeting point of physical theatre, contemporary dance and dance theatre. The company uses a collaborative choreographic approach to look for original movement and images that deconstruct and redefine the limits of dance in South Africa.

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Specialising in athletic neo-classical and neo-contemporary styles of dance, the CDC has performed works by internationally recognised choreographers such as Christopher Huggins (USA), Carlos Dos Santos (USA), and Redha (France).

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Fred Abrahamse started his career at The People’s Space, as a founding member of the Troupe Theate Company. He was Artistic Director of the Baxter Theatre and is well-respected producer and designer.

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James Cairns is a creative director at The Framework and has performed and written extensively for South African screen and stage.

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She is a versatile choreographer and teacher able to communicate and work with students, professional dancers/performers, artistic directors and producers alike.

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