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THABO ALEXANDRA

CREATIVE: FILM MAKER, ACTOR, ACTING COACH, EVENTS PRODUCER, & THEATRE PRACTITIONER

Summary

Thabo Alexandra real name Thabo  Makgaretsa, is a creative with a great experience of 10 years in the entertainment industry predominantly in film making, events and also an actor uprooted from theatre. His film making experience include having worked in independent films and TV sets as an Assistant Director, Acting Coach and a Production Manager. He's also running artistes management providing talent for various productions TV, Radio and Events of different scale. He also has vast experience in events production from small to big, having worked in radio as events manager, theatre organizations as events producer, small  events companies and collaborated in organizing music gigs. 

Work experience (EVENTS, FILM & THEATRE)  

2017To Date

CASTING DIRECTOR/AGENT/MANAGER

TWILIGHT ARTIST MANAGMENT

Organize and facilitate the casting of actors for TV/FILM/Radio and Theatre roles.

Prepare casting briefs and conduct auditions.

Organize and facilitate the booking of artists.

Scout new talent then arrange and conduct interviews and auditions with them.

Establish new business relationships with production houses, casting directors , directors and producers for casting calls and music promoters.

Negotiate fees and contracts for the artist, and acts as a liaison between the producer/production house/promoter and the actor/artist.

Develop and maintain favorable image of all artistes.

Promote the artists' careers and run their business affairs

Advise artists' with their career path.

Prepare and manage artistes fees/payment

Prepare  financial books ready for accounts 

TV & Film 2015 Nov - Feb 2016

PERFORMANCE DIRECTOR & KIDS CASTING DIRECTOR

ASI-B-FILMS

Directed kids performance on SABC 2 kiddies show RIVONINGO season 7, 35 episodes.

Scout kids talent and run auditions.

Analysed dialogue for kids and coached kids on dialogue deliverance 

Feb 2014Oct 2015

FREELANCE DIALOGUE COACH & 1st ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

URBAN BREW STUDIOS

Dialogue Coach: Run dialogue with actors and also help them to speak and express their dialogue with a right touch and also to assist their performance not to be disjointed in the story especially when working with different directors.

My work and passion in dialogue coaching attribute from my three year experience facilitating drama classes for acting agency and initiated acting classes/training in Alexandra since 2012 endorsed by the City of Joburg Arts and Culture. As a dialogue coach I've worked with renowned actors and legends such as Mbongeni Ngema, Tina Jaxa Clementine Mosimane, Thabo Malema and top 5 rated actor Menzi Ngubane. My work has been well appreciated and acknowledged where later i was honoured to be a personal coach for renowned actors such as Thabo Malema, Sisanda Henna and Mbongeni Ngema amongst others. My career in the industry is still growing exceptionally well. I also provides one-on-one sessions for professionals, beginners and semi-pros on bookings.

1st Assistant Director: 

Oversee day-to-day management of the cast, crew and scheduling.

Keep the production on schedule throughout the day.

Communicate schedule and running order of the day to the crew and cast, and runs the set.

Arrange logistics and preparing daily call sheets.

Create and maintains a happy working environment for actors and crew, and maintain the safety and security as well. 

20132015

CREATIVE

MOGUL PICTURES

Part of the creative team conceptualizing TV commercial content.

Brief storyboard artist and coordinat storyboard schedules.

Organize meetings with the client and prepare presentation briefs.

Manage calendar for all pitch dates. 

Coordinate pitches report and post service. 

20112015

1st ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

BLACKFACE PRODUCTIONS & MOGUL PICTURES

1st Assistant Director

Productions: Twisted & Second Chances

Oversee day-to-day management of the cast, crew and scheduling.

Keep the production on schedule throughout the day.

Communicate schedule and running order of the day to the crew and cast, and runs the set.

Arrange logistics and preparing daily call sheets.

Create and maintains a happy working environment for actors and crew, and maintain the safety and security as well. 

20132014

DIALOGUE COACH & CASTING ASSISTANT

KM FILMS

Run dialogue with actors and help them to speak and express their dialogue with a right touch and also to assist their performance not to be disjointed in the story. I was part of " Dimpho” a 60 minutes film.

THEATRE 20062017

MANAGING DIRECTOR

TWILIGHT THEATRE

Managing the organization and ensuring productivity.

Writing proposals for corporate theatre & entertainment

Writing proposals for funding and sponsorship

Implement the organization’s budget on project to project.

Recruit and manage artist for corporate theatre /entertainment gigs.

Write narrative and financial reports to the executive.

Write narrative and financial reports to the sponsors

- Theatre Night (Annual theatre event)

Role: Creator, producer & organizer.

Identifying corporate sponsorship and partnerships towards the event. 

Create theatre plays to showcase in the event and heading the production.

Draft and execute the action plan.

Cast and put together the crew.

Discuss contracts and negotiate artistes’ fees.

Conduct marketing and publicity.

Write narrative and financial reports to the management and sponsors

- Johannesburg Arts Alive International Festival (SA calendar event)

Role: Event partner and organizer towards Theatre Night

Creating the event and conceptualizing the shows.

Organizing the event and executing the action plan.

Negotiating the budget and implement it.

Seek further sponsorship.

Discuss contracts and negotiate artistes’ fees.

Conducting rehearsals and liaising with the client.

Conduct marketing and publicity.

Write narrative and financial reports to the Joburg Arts Alive International Festival management and other sponsors

ANC  2011 Centenary Launch and Celebration (SA's historical event)

Role: External Producer under Twilight Theatre Organization     

Creating a show as per the brief from the client "Bluemoon".

Negotiating the budget and implement it.

Discuss and negotiate artistes’ fees.

Conducting rehearsals and liaising with the client.

 

O R Tambo Foundation Launch (SA's historical event)

Role: External Producer under Twilight Theatre Organization

Creating a show as per the brief from the client.

Negotiating the budget and implement it.

Discuss contracts and negotiate artistes’ fees.

Conducting rehearsals and liaising with the client. 

 

EVENTS 20142014

PR & EVENTS MANAGER

ALEX FM

Organize year events calendar.

Conceptualize special events with marketing department.

Produce all events and finding sponsorship/partnerships.

Adopt presenters' personal events and finding sponsors.

Aligning on air programs with special events and sponsoring.

Liaise with all clients and reporting to marketing department

Manage all events logistics and complying with government events organizing committee.

Managing the radio's brand image and sustaining its favourable image within the society as a community radio station.

Implementing PR exercises within the community and its proximity.

Writing press release and attending TV & Print interview.

Manage and coordinate branding material.

 Writing reports for project by project.

 

20072008

Playwright

MARKET THEATRE LAB

I represented  South Africa under The Market Theatre Lab to Malawi on an exchange programme as a playwright.

ACTING 2006Present

Actor

FILM & TV

Generations The Legacy (Soapie)

Gomora Hustle (Laki Film Production)

Supper 45 (Mogul Filmworkx Short film)

Rhythm City (Soapie)

Catch A Fire (International Feature Film)

Twisted (Black Face Film Production)

Gazlam 2 (Drama Series)

Memela Sizwe

Lead

Lead

Bit Character

Bit Character

Supporting Character

 Bit Character

2016-2017

2009

2009

2008

2006

2006

2005

SKILLS

  • Good communication skills.
  • Good leadership skills (proud member and candidate of YAL international leadership progamme 2014)
  • Microsoft office 2010 computer skills (word, excel, powerpoint, publisher, outlook and emailing)
  • I have the flexibility, and ability to work with a broad mix of personalities.
  • I have the ability to recognize talent.
  • Am a quick learner and able to adapt to new working environment and systems. 
  • Am an effective man-manager on a one-to-one basis
  • I know how to adapt a teaching programme to achieve development objectives in drama.

REFERENCES

Twilight Theatre contact person: Mike Motaung (Director) 084 813 0778

Joburg Arts Alive International Festival: Directorate of Arts and Culture

ANC Centenary contact person:Steve Dyer 011 721 4700 and Zanele Dlamini  082 351 9225 

Alex FM contact person: Trinity Mohlamme (Former Station Manager) 079 598 2087

Urban Brew Contact Person: Alex Hlabangwane(Producer) 076 568 3792.

KM Films & Mogul Pictures contact person: Kea Malao (Producer) 0726655000 & Mike Motaung 0848130778

Bluemoon contact person: Zanele Dlamini  082 351 9225