Johannesburg’s Civic Theatre was built by the then city council in 1962, creating a high-profile landmark on the top of the Braamfontein hill. The building was given a magnificent face-lift in the late ’80s, turning it into one of the most technically proficient theatres in the southern hemisphere.
In the year 2000 – when theatres across the country were considered to be both creatively and financially moribund – the city council decided to corporatise the operating company of theatre, which is now a Municipal Entity of the City of Joburg.
The Johannesburg Civic Theatre (Pty) Ltd was given a Board of Directors, and Bernard Jay, a veteran UK born theatre producer and administrator who had relocated to South Africa in 1993, was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the company.
In July 2013 Xoliswa Nduneni Ngema, an experienced South African Theatre practitioner, was appointed as Chief Executive Officer. Nkopane Maphiri was appointed as chairman of the Board of Directors in March 2017.