Youth and Community Development

Soweto Theatre Youth and Community Development

The Youth & Community Development Department at Soweto Theatre is mandated to provide structured & professional opportunities to aspirant artists and new audiences for in-depth development of their artistic skills and development of arts & culture within the community through its programmes.

Join the Music Tutorial Programme (MTP) with your band:
Music has always played a major role in the Arts industry, Soweto Theatre recognises the importance of growing talent in South African townships. More importantly, the need to produce the next generation of musical greatness as a form of preserving the authenticity of our communities.

The Music Tutorial Programme (MTP) makes music education available to an increasing number of children and youth in and around Soweto, catering for children and youth from the ages of 10 – 21. The programme also provides music qualification support through the UNISA music

The programme runs a schools music outreach program in partnership with ConcertsSA, facilitating music workshops, promoting the culture of live music in schools, engaging different audiences from different cultural backgrounds.

Join Lits’omong:
Lits’omong, is a drama development programme that provides basic theatre making skills for children and youth from the ages of 7 – 21 years. The aim of the programme is to use theatre as a learning tool,
1. to introduce learners to basic skills of theatre,
2. to provide a safe space where the youth can explore social issues through theatre
3. to create a platform for leaners who have an interest in the Arts.
To participate one must go through an audition process. Auditions take place in January.
Motivate for your school to join the Shakespeare’s Schools Festival:

The Shakespeare Schools Festival South Africa (SSF SA) is an opportunity for your young adults to make their theatre debut on a professional stage in a non-competitive environment. SSFSA provides the scripts, resources, training and framework you need to direct Shakespeare with your students.

Join our Story-telling programme for Early Childhood Development Centres
A partnership was established with Nalibali Story Power campaign to strengthen and support our story-telling programme. The programme provides training to Early Childhood Development Centres (ECD’s) around Soweto in various story-telling methods and activities through the Nalibali programme. The training also assists teachers to form reading groups amongst themselves to assist one another in areas where they seem to be challenged and Nalibali guides the process.

Become a facilitator or director in our programme;
Aspirant theatre makers, drama teachers & directors can submit their bios/profile, to Khosi Hlatshwayo, Community Development Manager on email:

Community Development Manager: Khosi Hlatshwayo –
Youth Development Intern: Mpho Chiloane –
Soweto Theatre – 011 930 7461




Community Development Manager: Khosi Hlatshwayo –
Youth Development Intern: Mpho Chiloane –
Soweto Theatre – 011 930 7461