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Charity profile

The New Africa Theatre Association, founded in 1987,  is an organisation dedicated to the development of new, relevant South African theatre and to the professional training of performers from disadvantaged communities. We have taken the giant step of acquiring our own building and have planned and completed the bureaucratic requirements for rebuilding the venue to fit our needs and vision. The renovated venue is envisaged as a site where our two core activities combine to form an outstanding centre of creativity and ground-breaking, socially relevant, performing arts initiatives. It will incorporate a fully equipped 120 seat theatre, three training studios, a resource centre, a workshop and a café foyer. For out beneficiaries this means expanded training facilities equal to and possibly better than private commercially run colleges. It also gives them a creative home for launching and sustaining their careers, and provides opportunities for employment and contractual associations. Situated beside the iconic Athlone Bridge that once separated white and black communities, the building is a symbolic and convenient meeting place for what are still, in many ways, divided citizens.  The main road, the nearby N2 highway, two railway stations, bus stops and taxi ranks make it easy to reach from all sides of greater Cape Town as well as the rural areas.