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Open January 7th 2019


March 7th 2019 at 5:00pm EAT (East Africa Time)


June 3rd – July 31st 2019 


Kampala, Uganda


Africa-Based Aspiring/Beginner Theatre Directors

Application Guidelines

Silent Voices Uganda is pleased to announce our 2019 African Theatre Directors Apprenticeship Program. 

After going continental in 2018, Silent Voices Uganda’s Theatre Directors Apprenticeship Program continues with this continental dream in 2019! Due to program running resource constraints, the program was originally started in 2016 to bridge the theatre practicum gap in Uganda’s limited and limiting performing arts training. After two local editions, we received numerous emails from across the African continent with moving suggestions of how to make the limited resources serve the entire continent. So, we took the program continental in 2018. 

The 2018 continent-wide first edition was a very successful COMPETITIVE, BOLD and FIERCE Experience!! 

Open to aspiring and beginner theatre directors, who are residents and practitioners on the African continent, the program is a 2-months crash course that trains and mentors 10 theatre directing apprentices in a hands-on directing and related production activities under the auspices of Silent Voices Uganda’s Productions. It aims to develop an internationally competitive Africa theatre director under the patronages of Silent Voices Uganda, by the end of the program. 

The apprenticeship is not a college-like training environment but rather a hybrid of college-like training and learning on the job training approaches with more focus on learning on the job approaches. Aspiring and beginner theatre directors are challenged to develop directorial concepts, pitch, collaborate with production designers and other production related artists and direct scenes from Silent Voices Uganda’s production for the year that showcases to a paying audience, hence keeping the company’s established high quality production brand. 

This training approach not only equips directors in learning how to be a great sole director, but also in co-directing projects; yet keeping within the aesthetics of a particular production as is normally the case with TV Series productions; that engages several directors in directing different episodes of the show. 

In line with our goal to reach broader global creative market, through training and development of high quality theatre production, Silent Voices Uganda is inviting individuals to apply for this innovative, hands-on theatre experience.


The program is open to all aspiring and beginner theatre directors based and practicing in Africa, who:

  • Have a Degree or Diploma in the Performing Arts and related fields such as Industrial Art, Literature, Media and Mass communication, etcetera OR; 

  • At least 2 years’ Experience working in the performing arts (theatre, film, Television and storytelling), FOR APPLICANTS WITH A DEGREE/DIPLOMA IN OTHER FIELDS OR; 

  • At least 3 years’ Experience working in the performing arts (theatre, film, Television and storytelling), APPLICANTS WITH NO DEGREE/DIPLOMA.

  • Are Between the Ages of 25-45.

  • Can comprehend and express themselves in English.

  • Can Commit Full Time for duration of 2 months (June 3rd – July 31st 2019).

  • Can Travel and Live in Kampala, Uganda. 

NOTE: Currently Enrolled Students Are Not Eligible

How to Apply


Must Submit All the Following Materials Directly to:

  • Cover letter/ Application, (1 page)

  • Statement of Interest/Motivation Letter (1 page)

  • Biography, in no more than 200-250 words (NOT a CV or Resume)

  • Professionally taken (High Quality Portfolio/Creative) Head shot of yourself (300 px) 

NOTE: Please Do Not Send Any Other Document Not Requested!!



The Application opened January 7th 2019. Submission window is between January 7th and March 7th 2019. The deadline for submission is March 7th 2019 at 5:00 pm EAT (East African Time).


Applicants will be notified by March 29th 2019.

Inquiries / Questions 


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